Each May, the ETRC Youth holds a show that is open to any rider age 18 and younger. The show is usually held on the 2nd Saturday of May and marks the end of the school year program. The 2017 show was held on the 3rd Saturday. The show consists of both English and western classes and is judged by a professional judge. Most of judges for these shows, make the show a learning experience for those in the show. The judge spends time telling all participants what they did right and what they need to spend more time practicing. Often 4Hers and non-4hers from all over East Tennessee, parts of middle Tennessee and states that border Tennessee come and participate in the show. Registration takes place at 9:00 AM with the show beginning at 10:00 AM. A negative coggins is necessary for every horse entered in the show.
The shows take a lot of "behind the scene" work to be a success. Both parents and ETRC members work the weekend before the show, weeding around the arena, washing down the arena fence, painting, mowing the grass areas of the barn, cleaning the bathroom, cleaning the concession stand and more. The day before the show, each participant bathes the horse or horses he/she will use in the show, trims the hair around the face and hoofs, then dresses the hoof with show shine or other products and then grooms the horse until it looks fantastic. In some cases, the mane and tail are braided. On the day of the show, parents and ETRC members work in the concession stand, work the gate and hand out ribbons to the class winners, help set up needed equipment and do other jobs as they come up. Everyone's goal is to make the show a success and a great memory for all the youth who participate.
|2016 Youth Show|