Yes, it's State Fair time again, and this week the NM State Fair is in full swing. And almost every day offers horse shows. Come check out all the wonderful breeds and disciplines. You'll be amazed at what these horse-and-rider combinations can achieve!
As the State Fair started last weekend, some of the shows are already past, but there are still many great equestrian events coming up.
Today is the State 4H Championship Horse Show, where 4H members from 9-19 compete in English and Western events, jumping, barrel racing, reining and trail classes. From 8:00 a.m. on, in the Horse Arena, these dedicated youth put their all into these classes with the horses they have been working with all year. Competition is stiff even to qualify for the State Fair, so all the competitors have accomplished a great deal with their animals even to be here!
Tomorrow, Sept. 17th, the Quarter Horse Show begins. This is a big show, and runs for three days, finishing up on Sunday. Each day's show begins at 8:00 a.m. in the horse arena, and events are wide ranging, from halter classes to speed events, jumping to working cow horse classes, English classes and Western classes... You name it, you'll find your horse breed or discipline to watch during this three-day show.
Next Wednesday, the 22nd, will see the Miniature Horse Show. These are not just ponies; they're actually miniature horses, with teacup-size hooves and overall size comparable to a good-size dog. It's quite a treat watching these mighty minis pulling their carts! Again, start time is 8:00 a.m., and the venue is the Horse Arena.
Thursday, the 23rd you'll see more carts, but much bigger horses, as the Carriage Driving, Draft Horse, Donkey and Haflinger competitions get underway. Here's where those Clydesdales and Percherons can compete, and you'll see lots of wonderful driving competition.
Friday the 24th continues more Carriage Driving and Draft Horse competition, and also adds the Mule Show. Once again, both days begin at 8:00 and events tqake place in the horse arena.
On the final weekend of the State Fair, on Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th, you can watch the Arabians, Morgans and Saddlebreds compete. In addition to the standard English and Western competitions, you'll find some very eye-catching high-stepping Saddlebreds and the visually stunning Arabian costume classes to watch, too.
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