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Horse and pony competitors exhibit speed and agility

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4-H Horse and Pony competitors who take on the "contesting" event know it's all about overcoming obstacles — as quickly as possible.

They competed in barrels, pole bending, flag and keyhole courses, which all involved horse and rider weaving through a maze of patterns on a dirt track on Monday.

The horse and rider who complete the courses the quickest are the winners.

The 4-H riders involved in the contesting events are usually horse lovers — they've spent countless hours getting to know their horse and working on technique, Tyffani Artis, who manages the fair horse arena, said.

"If you’re out there every day with your horse, no matter what you’re doing, it’s going to get better," she said. "Even if it’s just a few minutes a day going out and spending time riding them, brushing them, whatever, they’re going to be more responsive to you and just perform better.”

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