OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Saddle Club will be hosting a 4-H Fun Show and Open Horse Show at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the weather is on everybody's minds.
"With the weather being so rainy, a lot of shows have been canceled or postponed, so everyone is looking for the opportunity to get out. I have had great response this year, so I am praying for a dry arena and no rain," explained Heather Rich co-chair of the 4-H horse committee.
This is the second event of its kind at Ottumwa Saddle Club. Individuals willing to participant can register from 7-8:45 a.m. the morning of the show. The event features halter, showmanship, English, pleasure driving, lead-line, horsemanship, western pleasure, fun classes, barrels, flag and poles. There is a fee to register for the event.
Participants may register for jackpot classes for an additional fee. These classes will be available in the following divisions: showmanship, western pleasure, western horsemanship and game/speed. Riders may arrive at the Ottumwa Saddle Club no earlier than 5 p.m. Friday. There will be primitive camping available if needed.
All breeds and classes of equine are welcome, including donkeys and mules. Registration papers are not required for competition. All riders must sign a liability release before the event.
Rich describes the show as fun and relaxed with most individuals just looking for a way to practice before the 4-H Expo horse show.
"Usually the 4-H fun show is small and about 10 classes of regular classes and 10 of 'fun classes.' The 'fun' is silly classes that make you laugh and something you don't usually get to do," explained Rich.
Some of the fun classes include, "musical pairs, like musical chairs, where it is a race to the horse from the center barrel, switch riders and race back to the barrel when the music stops."