Ponies and parasols
4-H Horse Fair draws 240 equestrians
The more than 240 participants entered in horse fair this week are looking forward to a fun week despite the challenges of working around the recent demolition of the livestock barn.There are some additional challenges being completely outside, especially with the heat were facing this week, said OSU Extension faculty Wendy Hein.
But as long as everyone drinks lots of water and is patient, horses and 4Hers should stay healthy and have a great time.
The 4-H Horse Fair began Friday night and runs through this Saturday, with competitions for grades 4-12 in dressage, driving, trail, gaming, and other events.
But staff and students alike have had to display flexibility while working around the fairgrounds.
In the past, the horse fair occupied the livestock building, the Box Barn and Ely Arena, none of which are available due to construction
Weve had to come up with a couple of alternate plans with how were running our horse fair this year, said OSU Extension secretary Kelly Redwine.
With equipment going in and out of there, its safer for the youth and the horses, its safer that they be away from there.
Events have been moved to the rodeo arena and there are no covered stables for the horses to stay in on site.
But Redwine expressed appreciation to the fairgrounds staff, who have tried to make everything go as smoothly as possible.
Its certainly been a crazy year, Hein said. Weve known for a few months that there were going to be uncertainties and we planned for that. All my volunteers who run the show have been very flexible and have gone above and beyond to be ready for anything.