Riders and their horses gathered at the Bob Crosby Arena at the Eastern New Mexico Fairgrounds as part of the 2018 Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair.
This year the Janet Randeau Memorial Open Horse Show was added to the fair lineup and ran concurrently with the Chaves County 4-H and FFA Horse Show.
Sheryl Smith, Randeau’s daughter, said the open show was meant to honor her mother who was director of the 4-H and FFA Horse Show for more than two decades.
The 4-H and FFA Horse Show is usually limited to 4-H members, but anybody could compete in the open horse show. Riders from ages five to adult were able to take part in more than 48 different class contests.
Smith said 56 people came to Roswell to take part in the open memorial horse show, from throughout New Mexico and Texas.
Results from the memorial horse show included: High Point Booster, Cimarron Zepeta with horse CD Good One; High Point Novice, Brie Riley with horse Hallmarks Finale; High Point Junior, Madelyn Benton with horse Miss Noontime Medicine; High Point Senior, Fayth Lynch with horse Rooster; High Point Adult, Georgia Bader with horse Poco King Trouble.
Jacob Smith, 9, Randeau’s grandson, took part in the open horse show. He started riding when he was four years old and sometimes took part in the 4-H and FFA Horse Show. This year though, after the death of his grandmother, he said competing this year had added meaning.
The Open Memorial Horse Show began with riders leading their horses out into the arena to be judged.
Smith said the female horses were judged based on composition, muscle structure and movement.
Hudson Heath, 9, of Roswell, and his pony Tinkerbell were among the entrants. Heath said he has participated in many contests but never competed in a horse show. Though he and his horse were not among those who were called, he said he was still proud of Tinkerbell.
“I think she did pretty well,” Heath said.
Other riders, such as Jayidan Smothermon, 8, and her horse Toby also were preparing to take part in the show.
She said that she spent a lot of time practicing and though she enjoyed it, she was glad that the day of the horse show had arrived.
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