Horse exhibitor awarded
Douglas – The Wyoming State Fair (WSF) hosted cowboys and cowgirls from across the state at the Youth Horse Show Aug. 15-16. The top two placing 4-H members from each county and the top placing FFA members from each chapter brought their equine partners to compete against each other.
The Youth Horse Show began with halter classes, showmanship, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, Western pleasure, horsemanship, ranch riding, Western riding and trail classes for all age groups.
The second day included reining, working cow horse, breakaway, ranch sorting, barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying.
For 11-year-old Madyson Dupuis, showing at the WSF is always the highlight of her summer. Madyson is a Sheridan County native and brought her horses Brandy, a 11-year-old Quarter Horse, and Charger, a 13 -year-old Quarter Horse to the WSF Youth Horse Show.
She competed in barrels and poles on both of her horses. This year marked her third time competing at the state competition. Madyson noted it’s important to be prepared for the WSF, bring plenty of supplies and have fun.
In the barrel racing competition, Madyson clocked a time of 18.512 seconds on Charger and 19.274 seconds on Brandy, earning her first and second place, respectively. Leica Floy of Albany County took home third place, Teigen Derner of Laramie County in fourth place and Teagin Savage of Laramie County in fifth place.
In the pole bending competition, Madyson took home first place with a time of 18.512 on her horse Brandy. Other notable placings include Teagin Savage of Laramie County with second place, Teigen Derner of Laramie County with third place, Leica Floy of Albany County with fourth place and Iva Lamb of Uinta County in fifth place.
Lessons learned and future goals
This year, Madyson competed alongside her 18-year-old brother Kaleb and 15-year-old brother Gavin at the Sheridan County Fair, July 29-Aug. 8. The brothers showed pigs and competed in shooting sports, and Madyson brought two pigs, two goats, two leather projects and two rabbits.
She qualified to compete at the WSF with her horses and leather projects. In addition to her equine accomplishments at the WSF, she received blue ribbons with her leather projects.
Besides winning top honors at the fair, for parents Joni and Mike, 4-H has taught their children valuable life skills and lessons.
“It teaches responsibility – they have to take care of their animals – it’s the kid’s responsibility, not the parents to do all of the feeding and grooming,” said Joni.
Madyson’s future goal and dream is to become a professional barrel racer. One of her immediate goals is to compete at the Junior World Finals in Las Vegas, Dec. 1-10.
For a complete list of WSF results, visit wystatefair.com.
Brittany Gunn is the editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. Send comments on this article to firstname.lastname@example.org.