The Cowboy Capital 4-H Horse Club is back in the saddle with their Cowboy Capital 4-H/Open Horse Show at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Tarleton State University Equine Center.

“This is to help prepare our kids for the district horse show in June and state in July,” Amy Gillespie, Cowboy Capital 4-H Horse Club manager, said. “This is kind of a stepping stone to help teach our kids and have fun and win prizes.”

With five age divisions and 10 classes, the show is sure to be one filled with action and excitement.

Walk/trot, novice, 13 and under, 14-18, and 19 and over are all welcome to show off their skills with their equine equivalents. The event is open to any 4-H members and also the general public.

“We have 50 classes,” Gillespie said. “We’ll have the typical horse show classes and we’re also offering stock horse classes - it’s becoming a lot more popular.”

Rosette ribbons are awarded for first-sixth places and highpoint buckles, Res. High Point halters, T-shirts and random drawings will also be available for participants and exhibitors. The fees to participate range from $5-$50 depending on the event; the all-day fee is $50.

“We try to make it all about having fun. A lot of horse shows are stressful and the kids get nervous so we try to keep things fun and educational," Gillespie said. "We want everybody to walk away with something new they learned with their horse."

For more information contact Gillespie at gillespieranch@earthlink.net or call (254) 977-3617.