SAN ANTONIO STOCK
SHOW YOUTH HORSE SHOW CONTESTS; SAN ANTONIO TO DEBUT HORSE SKILL-A-THON
CONTEST IN 2012
enthusiasts will have the chance to enter the first-ever Horse
Skill-A-Thon at the 2012 San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo. The Horse
Skill-A-Thon is a brand new contest designed for students to showcase
their knowledge of horses and the horse industry.
4,000 students already participate in a variety of educational contests
at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo (S.A.L.E.), but the horse
contest will be a new twist on competitive events. Patterned after the
popular livestock Skill-A-Thons, the Horse contest will offer an
opportunity for young people to display their knowledge, skill and
S.A.L.E. Horse Show
Director Katie Reynolds commented “This new contest is very exciting
because it really speaks to the heart of S.A.L.E’s mission to develop
the youth of Texas while promoting agriculture and education. The Horse
Skill-A-Thon is structured for students who are truly the full package;
they have book smarts, they have hands-on knowledge of horses, and they
can communicate well. We wanted to give them a contest to showcase
their interests and strengths.”
these judging contests are not required to bring an animal project to
the show, or even own an animal. Contestants will be divided into three
different age groups; junior (8-10), intermediate (11-13) and senior
Dr. Jim Heird,
Executive Professor and Coordinator at Texas A&M University, will
serve as superintendent of the Horse Skill-A-Thon. Heird says this of
the contest, “The Horse Skill-A-Thon will provide an excellent
opportunity for the youth of Texas to do even more with their horse
knowledge. It’s important to give young people the opportunity to use
their skill set outside the show ring, and encourage students who may
not be showing a horse. S.A.L.E. is reaching out to those young horse
combines three important elements: book knowledge, hands-on experience
and ability to communicate knowledge and awareness of industry issues.
Participants will study materials and then apply their knowledge on the
written exam. For the next phase, they will perform tasks at hands-on
stations. Finally, participants will present a public speech focusing
on current issues within the horse industry.
That’s not the only
contest available to young horse competitors, though. S.A.L.E.’s
popular Horse Judging contest attracts over 650 students annually. Open
to 4-H and FFA students, judging participants evaluate two halter
classes and four performance classes. No oral reasons are required, but
officials do ask questions. Students aged 8-13 participate as juniors,
and 14-19 compete as seniors. Points are tabulated for both individuals
and as teams of four.
are at stake during the Horse Judging contest; competitors vie for
scholarships, buckles, and more. Teams travel from across Texas to
participate, adding to the numbers to make it the second largest youth
judging contest S.A.L.E. hosts each year.
The Horse Bowl
contest is also open to 4-H and FFA students. Competitors are tested on
general horse knowledge. This contest operates entirely in a verbal
format as teams of youth buzz in to answer questions. The fast-paced,
lively environment showcases quick-thinking students with knowledge
ranging from nutrition to reproduction and conformation.
The first Horse
Skill-A-Thon will take place on February 18, and all interested
students are encouraged to enter. The Horse Judging contest will be
February 16, and the Horse Bowl will be February 17. Horse Judging and
Horse Bowl are open to 4-H and FFA students. Additional information,
entry forms, and the entry process can be found at www.sarodeo.com.
This year the San
Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo committed over $9 million to education.
This amount represents scholarships, grants, endowments, junior
livestock auctions, Calf Scramble program, and show premiums paid to
youth in the state of Texas. This brings the total amount that the
organization has committed since inception to $113 million.
The San Antonio
Stock Show & Rodeo is a volunteer organization that emphasizes
agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas. For complete
information on the 2012 Stock Show & Rodeo, visit www.sarodeo.com.