Competitors Thrilled To Saddle Up In Sedalia

It was as close to usual as possible Friday for competitors of the 4-H and FFA horse shows at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. Horses from across the state and their handlers braved pandemics and soggy grounds to make their way to the fairgrounds for their competitions. That included fourth-grader Paisley Weldon, who brought her horse Apple from Macon County to participate.

Weldon said she was competing in several contests, including the open costume where she and Apple dressed up as characters from The Magic School Bus. Amid the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, she’s excited to be taking part.

Horse shows continue Saturday on the fairgrounds with horsemanship and trail class, as well as the Last Ride for graduating seniors. Competitions conclude Sunday with the English Pleasure, Hunt Seat, and Hunter Under Saddle contests.

4-H and FFA Livestock contests at the 118th Missouri State Fair will take place beginning August 11th with market poultry, and conclude August 23rd with the supreme dairy champion drive.