For 4-H members in Payette County who have horse projects, it is more than just getting animals ready and showing them at the county fair. It is also about how they have trained their horses and their skills in riding and handling abilities.

The fair runs Aug. 8-11 at the county fairgrounds in New Plymouth.

Horse club members will be in the spotlight Aug. 8-10, when they will be participating in events such as showmanship, equitation, English equitation, horsemanship, bareback, reining, freestyle, costume reining, dummy roping and trail, wrote Denise Mengon, horse superintendent and Payette County 4-H Horse Leaders president, in an email.

An additional horse class this year is the green-horse projects in which members will showcase young horses in showmanship competition, in a skills class and in trial, Mengon said.

After the serious competition, horse club members will be able to have some fun on Saturday during the annual horse games.

This includes activities such as barrel racing, keyhole and the suitcase race, Mengon said, and the games sponsored by the 4-H Horse Leaders.

Horse projects in Payette County are almost year round, as they start in October, with activities throughout the year, she said. They include horse bowl, judging oral presentation contests and local horse shows. These events are held at the county, district, state and national level, Mengon said. Payette County club members have excelled in the contests at the state level and have qualified for national competition.

One of the annual activities club members have the opportunity to participate in is an educational camp called “Cayuse Camp,” which has no horses, but members have the opportunity go gain more knowledge, Megnon said.

The Payette County 4-H Horse Leaders also sponsor a number of clinics throughout the year.

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