ALPINE - A sense of humor and a keen imagination will be two of the requirements needed to win at this year’s 19th annual 4-H Open Freestyle Reining event at Alpine. The event conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service begins with entry books opening at 8 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Sul Ross S.A.L.E. Arena in Alpine.
Jesse Lea Schneider, AgriLife Extension agent in Presidio County, founded the event 19 years ago. She said it’s meant to encourage and reward creativity with horses.
"Creativity in costumes, music and equine performances are all showcased in this competition which has competitors vying for prizes to be awarded to the best dressed horse, best adaptation of screen media and more," Schneider said.
"Each participant will put on a show for the crowd incorporating certain required elements of reining, but the rest is all for fun. Judges will score points not only on the execution of the maneuvers, but also for the entry’s costume, choreography and originality. Every participant will receive an award!"
Schneider said this year’s event will also feature a parade of horse breeds from around the Big Bend country. She said the event is open to all with an adult division and three 4-H divisions. All horse entries must have proof of a current negative Coggins test, and 4-H members must have proof of current 2010-11 enrollment in a county 4-H club to be eligible to compete for the overall High Point 4-H’er of the contest who will receive a saddle.
Pre-entry fees are $5 per entry if postmarked by Oct. 15 and $15 thereafter. Rules, regulations, judging criteria, motel and stalling information can be found at: http://www.alpinereining.mysite.com/
For more information or to pre-register contact Schneider at 432-729-4746, firstname.lastname@example.org or Lindsey Alexander, 512-756-0593, email@example.com .