Fonner Park hosting State 4-H Horse Expo

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - It's all about showing off horses and skills at the State 4H Horse Expo in Fonner Park. 4H members came from all across the state to compete.

4H members practice patterns with their horses while waiting for their turn to compete. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

One rider, Jayden Henton, came all the way from Blair to compete for the sixth time.

"I love being able to go out in a show pen and see every bit of our hard work shown off," Henton said. "I just sit there and be like 'wow, I did that. I trained this animal to do that and we just won.' it's a really great feeling."

Jayden Henton has been riding for 9 years now. She says she spends a lot of her time preparing for events like today's competitions.

"We do lots of stuff," she said. "Lots of riding, I've been doing two a day rides and lots of practices. We do lots of clipping, washing and bathing our horses. Lots of cleaning the tack and just about anything under the kitchen sink. We do lots of stuff."

It's a lot of work but she says she loves it, because it's unlike anything else she's ever done.

"It's just something totally different from any other sport," she said. "Like with sports you have a team you can talk to and you practice with and everything. My team is me and my horse and I can talk to her but I have no idea if she understands a word I say. It's all feeling and growing that bond and it takes a really long time to get good."

Events will be continuing all week at Fonner Park.