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McKenzie County Fairground Activities Await


Summer days are drawing near and so are fair time activities! On May 31st and June 1st starting at 9:00 am there will be a Les Vogt horsemanship clinic held at the McKenzie County Fairgrounds in Watford City. Vogt is a very experienced and highly reputable clinician/horse trainer. Vogt has won 15 World Champion Reining and Working Cow Horse titles, as well as numerous other championships. He has done many lectures in the United States, Canada, Australia, and western Europe. Both professional and amateur students are encouraged to attend his clinics. Every clinic is tailored for the participants by involving lectures, show simulations, demonstrations, and practice drills.

If you plan on attending check in with the McKenzie County Extension Office; admission is free to 4-H members. Participants will meet at the office at 1:00 pm, and then ride together to the arena for a 2-hour field trip.

McKenzie County Fairgrounds located in Watford City will be hosting a 4-H Horse Show on Tuesday, June 13 starting at 9:00 a.m. The Horse Show welcomes all 4-Hers from McKenzie, Williams, Divide, Mountrail, Dunn, Golden Valley, Stark-Billings and Richland counties. There will be both timed and performance events such as halter showmanship, western horsemanship, trail, reining, western riding, pole bending, barrel racing, goat tying, ranch horse, western pleasure, and a 2-5-year-old horse class.

4-H members planning to participate in the event must complete entry forms and hand them into the McKenzie County Extension Office before June 6th. There will be a 4-H Horse Show practice event guided by Vawnita Best. The practice will be held at the Fairgrounds on June 4th and 11th and will explain patterns as well as showmanship and horsemanship techniques. Participants will also have the opportunity to advance to the North Dakota State Fair Horse Show if they qualify.

Also featured at the McKenzie County Fairgrounds is a Livestock Showmanship Day on Wednesday, June 21st at 12:45 p.m. This event provides opportunities for 4-H members no matter what skill level. It entails hands-on learning with live animals to demonstrate proper showmanship, grooming/fitting skills, and informational facts on numerous animal species. If interested, preregistration is required. Everyone is welcome to attend and add to their knowledge of showmanship skills. For additional information about the events please call the McKenzie County Extension Office at (701) 444-3451.


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