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4-H and FFA members from around the county displayed their horse knowledge at the annual pre-fair horse show. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER / The Journal
Despite the triple-digit temperatures, over 80 4-H and FFA members have been competing in the annual pre-fair horse show at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds.
“This was a good day,” said Horse Department Superintendent Phyllis Larrick on Tuesday. “With the breeze, it was warm but not hot. Yesterday, it was just hot.”
Larrick was pleased with this year’s horse show turnout.
“(Stanislaus County) is one of the strongest counties (for horsemanship) in the state,” she said.
The three-day event began Monday with English riding events, continued through Tuesday with showmanship and Western riding and ends today with the Open Gymkhana event which is dedicated to cancer awareness. Luminaries and ribbons will be for sale and donations will be accepted on behalf of the American Cancer Society. Many of the riders will be wearing pink in support of breast cancer awareness and all of the horses will be wearing pink ribbons in support of the American Cancer Society. The 4-H and FFA Gymkhana event begins at 7:30 a.m. today, with the Open Gymkhana event beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the FoodMaxx Arena. All pre-fair events are free.