Ward County’s youth have spent the past year practicing for their big moment.
The 85th annual 4-H Achievement Days began today.
Alexus Arthur is live in Minot with the details.
Hi Lauren and Chad.
The 4-H Achievement Days started bright and early with the horse show.
There are nearly 40 participants just for today and kids from 5 years old to 18 are competing.
“The youth are exhibiting what they’ve been practicing and learning with their horses throughout the year.” said Paige Brummund, Extension Agent.
Ready, get set, ride.
“My old show mayor really loved jumping and I started to love it because she made it fun.” said Madeline Berg, Minot Competitor.
The horse show is a competition where the rider gets judged on how precise the duo can run.
“The jumps have never been this high before.” said Berg.
And complete the course with the fewest mistakes.
“The older youth are challenged a little bit more by having to jump a higher height.” said Brummund.
It’s a challenge and there can be missteps.
“If you just fall off you kind of have to suck it up, man up and get back on your horse.” said Connor Harvey, Minot Competitor.
But remembering to never give up is what matters.
“4-H is an excellent way to gain leadership skills, meet new friends, take a project, work on something, learn a new skill.” said Brummund.
So, win or lose–
“It’s just a great way to develop our youth.” said Brummund.
The adrenaline of stepping up to the saddle.
“Horses are like people so you kind of get attached to them and then you like doing stuff with them.” said Berg.
And competing with your horse, shows that the hard work does pay off.
This competition is a state qualifying show.
So, if a rider receives a blue ribbon, you can see them in a month at the North Dakota State Fair.
The Ward County 4-H Achievement Days continues through Friday with a new event each day.