4-H Fun Show

Equine version of Mutt & Jeff. Dale is a very good boy for even his smallest rider.

Equine version of Mutt & Jeff. Dale is a very good boy for even his smallest rider.

 

Went to the “Fun Show” sponsored by the local 4-H Club at Willow Tree yesterday. I was looking for the opportunity to practice photography, but I also ended up having a great time. There was absolutely nothing serious about this show; in fact, it reminded me of birthday games we used to play at picnics and birthday parties a very long time ago. Adding horses to the mix only made it more entertaining!

 

Is that my pie? I can dispatch the carrots in one bite, but I need some dessert!

Is that my pie? I can dispatch the carrots in one bite, but I need some dessert!

Pie and Carrot Contest! Horse and human had to consume their respective carrots and pie as quickly as possible. First pair to finish won. Dale had his eye on the pie. He finished his carrots before anyone, but his partner had trouble with the pie–she finished last!

 

Jimmy's handler wolfed her pie but Jimmy was really slow on the carrots. He'd already knocked the first pie out of his partner's hand. She got a clean pie replacement.

Jimmy's handler wolfed her pie but Jimmy was really slow on the carrots. He'd already knocked the first pie out of his partner's hand. She got a clean pie replacement.

 

Egg on a Spoon Contest! Riders had to balance the egg on a spoon, and then execute whatever moves the ringmaster called out–walk, halt, trot, turn. Last person still in possession of their egg won. I would have lasted about 1 1/2 trot steps… (by the way, that’s my Billy in the background next to the left-most egg. He wasn’t very interested in any of the goings-on).

Horseback version of the old egg-on-the-spoon race.

Horseback version of the old egg-on-the-spoon race.

 

Water in the Cup Contest! Same rules as for egg and spoon, and if I had been doing it I probably would have lasted those same 1 1/2 trot steps.

Whoever has the most water left in their cup at the end wins.

Whoever has the most water left in their cup at the end wins.

 

Catalog Contest! This one was fun to watch, especially because by this time the wind had picked up a bit. Riders had to get from one end of the ring down to the barrel as quickly as possible, pick up the catalog (which of course was flapping in the wind), find a page number that had been assigned to them, rip out that page, then return to the start line as quickly as possible. Best time won. Some of the horses were really unhappy about this one!

This is the one most of the horses gave the "hairy eyeball" to.

This is the one most of the horses gave the "hairy eyeball" to.

 

There was also a flag race, boot race, obstacle course and costume competition. It all filled up the day nicely, and the 4-Her’s even made a tidy little profit.

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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4 Responses to 4-H Fun Show

  1. Good for you Ali. Another side of you I never knew. You were ALWAYS very creative. Good for you to strike out on your own as well. Yes it is scary and there are times I wish I still got paid every two weeks BUT having the freedom to perusing the art of tv is so much fan, can be rewarding (getting paid) and has provided a lifestyle for 15 years up here. BTW Andy Martinez and his wife Yolanda can out to visit and are moving here in a few weeks. It was fun to have Andynon the crew. Remember I always called him Best Friend….

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  2. Gina Ayersman says:

    Absolutely love the pictures….oh to be young again! There is nothing more special than the bond between a horse and their young charges!!

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  3. munchow says:

    What better than be able to photograph and have a fun time! That’s always how it should be. And it shows in your photographs that you had a good time. You captured the kids and their excitement in a causal and telling way.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      Thanks Otto–it was fun and I was also quite pleased with the photos. I took over 300, and emailed copies to the kids who appeared in them. A lot of work sorting them out by quality and by participant, but I felt good about “giving back” to the kids.

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