The Delta County Fair is underway in Hotchkiss. This past Monday had young cow hands demonstrating their ability to guide their horses through courses both in the event arena and on the ranch trail course at the forested area at the rear of the fairgounds.
This year, the English and Western horse events were moved to Sunday and the ranch horse events to Monday.
On the ranch trail course the competitors jog a figure-eight around trees, then rope a dummy. The rider would then dismount and pick up a small cooler or bucket and walk around the horse before remounting. Then the horse would go over logs, break into a jog and walk through water. Next the rider and horse dragged a log around a campfire and went through a series of logs before the rider dismounted and loaded the horse into a trailer.
In the event arena, the riders also pulled a log for 10 feet, did various riding gaits before the rider lassoed a bale of hay. A later event involved sorting cattle.
In the morning's competition in senior ranch horsemanship,
Jayden Braslin won first and Samantha Heinze second. In the intermediate class, Tess Gore won first and Erica Anderson second place.
Megan Grieve of Severance was the judge for the ranch horsemanship. Severance is a quickly growing community near Fort Collins.blog comments powered by Disqus