4-H Horse Show Leavenworth, KS

Leavenworth County Fair Begins

Leavenworth 4-H/FFA Horse Show Kicks Off 2023 Fair

by Peggy Bair

The Leavenworth County Fair opens today at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie. There were 19 participants on Sunday for the Leavenworth 4-H/FFA Horse Show. Young people from towns throughout Leavenworth County took part in halter, showmanship, trail, ranch horse and race competitions to earn prizes and recognition for their efforts. Showing horses from miniature to quarter horse in sizes, 4-H youth were able to let their talents shine in the arena. The fair starts July 25 and runs through July 29 this week, featuring shows of every type, including crafts, baking, farm animal competitions and a carnival.

Willow Schultz, 7, of Tonganoxie, coaxed her miniature horse named Orca into an enclosure during a Miniature Horse Obstacle event Sunday at the Tonganoxie Fair grounds. This was Willow’s first year in 4H and her first time showing. Photo by Peggy Bair©2023 HeartKC
Sydney Myers, 14, participated in barrel racing with her Connamara-welsh pony named Tally during Saturday’s 4H/FFA Horse Show at the Tonganoxie Fair Grounds. Photo by Peggy Bair ©2023 HeartKC
First year 4H participant Faye Bazemore, 7, of Basehor, soothed her pony Delsey as they prepped for an event in Sunday’s 4H/FFA Horse Show at the Tonganoxie Fairgrounds.
Faye had to reign in a feisty Delsey when the pony took center stage at the showmanship competition Sunday. Photo by Peggy Bair ©2023 HeartKC
Mackenzie Calovich, 15, participated in the flag race with her quarterhorse Ice, during the 4-H Horse Show Sunday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds horse arena. Photo by Peggy Bair ©2023
Isaiah Manus, 15, of Tonganoxie, won Grand Champion Halter, 3 and Over class, with his quarterhorse cross named June. Manus said this was his eighth year in 4H.
Jennings Bailey, 8, stood ready to show her Missouri Fox Trotter named Kentucky Blue while participating in the 4H Horse Show Saturday at the Tonganoxie Fair grounds.

Mackenzie Calovich, 15, showed her shetland Patches under the watchful eye of horse judge Tracy Stoffer Sunday at the 4-H Horse Show on the Leavenworth County fairgrounds in Tonganoxie. Patches won a first place ribbon in the 56″ and under halter event. Photos by Peggy Bair ©2023 HeartKC

Forming common bonds and relationships is a part of the 4-H experience for young horsemen. Gavin Shupe, 17, a part of Happy Helpers 4-H club, chatted with Isaiah Manus and Jason Lasler while waiting their turn for the show arena. Photo by Peggy Bair ©2023 HeartKC