Sunday June 25th dawned with the promise of a beautiful day. Which is what we needed at CATRA for the annual Mini Horse Show…….
Ok, some background….Kaylin runs the mini horse show and starts planning about a month and half before the event. (She does a great job, by the way). She has to plan the events, and the courses, do the registration paperwork, find a judge (thanks Alex!) and set everything up on show day. The mini horses (hereinafter to be referred to as “minis”) attend lessons and mini camp with their respective partners, young and old! The mini lessons started this year in February and mini camp was held the week before the show for three days.
Mini lessons on a hot day
Mini lessons are designed to teach equine handling skills to anyone wanting to participate. The skills learned by the kids in lessons and camp are put to the test in the Mini Horse Show.
The events started with grooming and showmanship and moved through the barrel races, obstacle course, mini basketball and musical minis. The Line Driving event featured Kaylin and Jenna in the Sister competition (they competed against each other all day)!
The kids did such a great job and won lots of ribbons!!
There was some “down time” waiting for the next event. Luckily we all had shade!
And the audience was great! We didn’t have to bring out the “Clap Now” signs at all……..
So, to the youngest……
and the oldest competitors (sorry Julie……)
and everyone in between….Congratulations! You demonstrated what CATRA is all about…and just how important the smallest horses can be.
Folks…..keep your eyes on the CATRA web page – these minis GO PLACES! They will be at the Ag Progress Days in State College in August and you can always find them at the Farm Show. And sometimes they take field trips when the farm just gets too boring for them……
Want to walk a mini? You can at the 2017 CATRA-THON on October 21, 2017!!! Watch our newsletter for details!