East Otter Tail 4-Hers show off equestrian skills at Minnesota State Horse Show
This year, nearly 600 exhibitors were present, with around 500 of them competing with their horses in pleasure events, game events and drill team competition.
PERHAM — Six members of the East Otter Tail Horse Project participated in the 2022 Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show after earning trips at the County Fair in July.
The horse show is held two weeks after the conclusion of the Minnesota State Fair. This year, nearly 600 exhibitors were present, with around 500 of them competing with their horses in pleasure events, game events and drill team competitions. Many of those exhibitors participated in events including hippology, horse judging, speech and demonstrations. Horse-related and horseless projects were also showcased during the show held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
All trip winners from the EOT Horse Project are members of the EOT Wranglers 4-H Club and included Mikaela Niemi, Sara Mindermann and Kadance Brauch of New York Mills and Breckin Foley, Olivia Reed and Faith Kalina of Perham.
Niemi, completing her final year of 4-H eligibility, showed her horse, Wesley, in halter showmanship, placing ninth; western pleasure; western horsemanship, placing sixth; English pleasure and English equitation.
Mindermann showed her horse, Bernadette, in halter showmanship, placing fifth; trail; western pleasure, placing first; western horsemanship, placing first; English pleasure, placing sixth; and English equitation, placing first. She also showed her horse Zip in Level Four of the Horse Training program.
Reed showed her horse, Izzy, in halter showmanship, placing fifth; English pleasure and English equitation.
Brauch with her horse, Crusher, Foley with his horse, Breezy, and Kalina with her horse, Maverick, competed in the four-game events including pole weaving, key race, jumping figure eight and barrel race. They had fun, learned lessons and made memories.
Senior Brauch represented East Otter Tail County in the Grand Entry, a parade that includes representatives of each county on horseback carrying their respective flags, as well as Dan Patch Award Finalists, all led by the American Flag carried by the Dan Patch Award winner. Over 80 riders had one practice before performing their routine to music in the coliseum.
The EOT 4-H Horse Project is open to all enrolled 4-H members. There are opportunities for youth with or without horses. For those with horses, weekly practices are held at the fairgrounds arena in Perham, and club meetings are held occasionally throughout the off-season. Anyone interested in learning more about or getting involved with the Horse Project can visit www.extension.umn.edu/projects-and-more/4-h-horse-project or call the Extension Office at 218-385-5420 to be connected with Horse Project leaders.