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July 26, 2012
  • Elizabeth Lynch
Elizabeth Lynch

The Washington County Ag Expo and Fair got off to a galloping start Thursday morning with the Youth 4-H Horse Show.
Elizabeth Lynch, 14, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was among the senior riders. She has been a horse breeder for nine years and participated in 4-H competitions for six years.
“Getting my horse ready for show is a lot of work,” she said. “He gets completely bathed, his black coat gets blacker with a henna shampoo, his hooves get painted, his mane and tail get banded, and his coat has to be shiny.”

The Ag Expo features a variety of activities, including a 4-H livestock auction and 4-H and FFA livestock competition.
Matthew Welling of Hagerstown was patiently waiting to see what the highest bidder would offer him for his second-year steer.
“Raising these steers are just something to do, and I can’t grow too attached,” he said.

Courtney Mercer, 20, has been showing horses for nearly half her life.
She has been riding horses since she was 4 years old.
“I’ve been showing horses since I was 8 years old. I have 10 horses and two of them are show horses,” she said.
Courtney was the 2011 West Virginia State Fair High Point Champion (English division).

Practicing different types of gallops and struts for hours a day becomes second nature to longtime show riders.
“Skills acquired through interaction with these animals can be irreplaceable,” said Chelsea Jacobs, 16, of Emoryville, W.Va.
She said she values what she’s learned.
“I’ve learned so much over the years. I have to keep track of what he eats and how he feels,” Chelsea said. “Animals have emotions, too.”

Jacob Rider of Hagerstown is only 10 years old and already has two years of experience under his belt.
“I am a pretty good showman. I’ve won four awards already,” Jacob said. “One of my favorite parts is halter breaking. You have to walk your steer around and get them used to it on their face.” 


— Brandon Coley

Washington County Ag Expo and Fair schedule

Admission is $2 at the gate, $10 at the track and free for ages 8 and younger
10 a.m. — 4-H/FFA and open-class beef cattle heifer show, main show ring
10 a.m. — 4-H/FFA dog show, dog arena
Noon to 2 p.m. — 4-H science activities, building 2
2 to 5 p.m. — 4-H science discovery table, building 2
3 p.m. — 4-H/FFA fashion revue, main show ring
5 p.m. — 4-H/FFA poultry show, rabbit and poultry tent
5 to 8 p.m. — 4-H scientific art activities, building 2
6 to 8 p.m. — Musical entertainment, main show ring
6 p.m. to close — Carnival rides open
7:30 p.m. — Demolition derby, track
Admission is $2 at the gate, $10 at the track and free for ages 8 and younger
9 a.m. — 4-H/FFA horse and pony English show, horse ring
9 a.m. — Open-class rabbit show, rabbit and poultry tent
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 4-H engineering discovery table, building 2
10:30 a.m. — 4-H/FFA and open-class beef cattle, Texas longhorn show, main show ring
1:30 to 3 p.m. — Barnyard Olympics, children ages 3 to 9, main show ring
3 p.m. to close — Carnival rides open, pay one price for unlimited rides from 3 to 6 p.m.
4 to 6 p.m. — 4-H robotics demonstration, building 2
6 to 8 p.m. — Musical entertainment, main show ring
6 p.m. to closing — 4-H environmental art activities, building 2
7:30 p.m. — Lawn mower races, track

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