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Thousands of horses descend on Abilene for the 4H Horse State Finals

By Jenna Rogers, Reporter, jrogers@ktxs.com
Published On: Jul 20 2013 09:01:11 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

As many as 1,300 horses will descend on the Taylor County Expo Center this week for the 4H Horse State Finals.

It started Saturday with registration for the event.

This is Abilene's 29th straight year hosting the finals, which runs through July 27. A contract will keep the finals here at least through 2018.

The show is a combination of competitive events with some aspects of a livestock show.

4H members compete in about 30 events, and none are designated by age.

"I really love the whole atmosphere here and the whole show I have a bunch of friends and we've all come here forever together and there's a lot of good competition and I look forward to showing all week long," said Kelsay Singleton, who has competed for six years.

Rochelle Johnson, General Manager of the Expo Center, estimated the local economic effect of the 4H Horse State Finals at $1.5 million, making it one of the four biggest events held annually at the center.