After a couple of their fellow contestants had already shown their horses, this group of 10 adults are ready for their turns, from left, Susan Spicer, Tracy Heathers, Penny Zadina, Wayne Krausnick, Darin Knobbe, Amanda Kimble, Carol Spady, Jodi Spady, Chris Krausnick and Larry Schilke. Already through the competition were Octavio Aragon and Gene Heathers. (Johnson Publications photo)

Under the watchful eye of judge Tim Gibbens, Darin Knobbe maneuvers his horse through the pattern. Knobbe won the horse showmanship on Sunday. (Johnson Publications photo)

Tracy Heathers works closely with her horse on Sunday. She was a finalist for first place. (Johnson Publications photo)

This county fair, youths observe adults in showmanship contests

    Sometimes, all the 4-H competition can be stressful both for the youths and parents.
    However, the 4-H Council and Chase County Extension staff have organized a new event for the adults this year at fair that is hoped to be both fun and, in turn, raise some funds for the 4-H Booster account.
    If Sunday’s adult showmanship contest at the 4-H horse show was a forecast for the rest of the week, there is some more fun ahead.
    Extension Educator Debbie Kuenning said a 4-H member had seen the adult showmanship contest at another area fair and brought it to the 4-H Council to consider here.
    They voted to try it, Kuenning said.
    “Sunday’s contest at the horse show was fantastic. Everyone had a good time,” she said.
    Twelve adults took part, paying $10 each. Half of what was collected went to the winner with the other half to the Booster account.
    Adults, parents or 4-H alumni can take part in shows the rest of this week at Wednesday’s swine, sheep and goat shows, and again on Thursday at the beef show.


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