BAZETTA - In an effort to stay competition-ready, local 4-H horse riders have been taking advantage of the Friday Night Lights shows at the Trumbull County fairgrounds.
Ashley Wells, vice president of the Saddle Horse 4-H Club and chair of the 4-H horse committee, said the shows are held one Friday a month in the spring and summer in the main horse arena.
She said riders compete against the clock and not other riders, with top winners in various divisions receiving awards and prizes including a saddle and a belt buckle
Wells said the shows are open to both 4-H members and non-members who pay an entry fee.
"This allows the riders to show their horses and practice their riding skills,'' she said.
Wells said funds raised from the shows are used for end-of-year banquet in November, awards for 4-H participants and for improvements to the arena area such as new lights.
Usually there are four different shows in which one can accumulate points.
Morgan Fero of Lordstown, who takes part in the event, said she finds the shows a good way to practice and to see how others are riding.
"It's fun taking part in this and supporting each other. You compete against yourself and increase your time," Fero said.
Mack Mohan of Newton Falls said he likes to compete in the barrel competition.
There is also a walk, trot and open competition.
Taylor Nichols of Hartford, a member of Just a Good Ride, said she appreciates the chance to practice.
"I've always wanted a horse, so it's fun for me to be here at the competition," she said.
Alexandria Gaskill of Southington, also of Just a Good Ride, likes the barrel competition and said it takes time to get the horse to do what is supposed to at times .
Gaskill is marking her first year taking part in the show.
Wells said the horse shows are on Sundays.