State Fair of Texas Announces Horse Show Lineup

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The State Fair of Texas is a few months away, but pre-fair festivities actually start in August. The State Fair will host a series of pre-fair horse show events before the fair starts in the fall. These events are free and open to the public: 

Barrel Racing, August 4 at noon, August 5 and 6 at 9 a.m.

Riders go through a clover-shaped barrel course on horses. 

Team Roping, August 11 at 7:30 p.m., August 12 and 13 at 8 a.m.

Two ropers and their horses chase down and rope a steer in an arena. 

Ranch Sorting, August 18, 19 and 20 at 9 a.m.

Riders divide and separate 11 cows from one pen to another.  

NCHA Cutting, August 25 and 26 at 8 a.m., August 27 at 9 a.m.

Riders and their horses show off their cattle ranching skills by pulling a select cow from a group of cows twice during the competition.

Arabian Show, September 1, 2 and 3 at 8 a.m.

People show their pure-bred Arabian horses and compete against one another. 

Rhonda-Voo Appaloosa Show, September 8, 9 and 10 at 8 a.m.

Appaloosa horses compete in jumping, cattle and ranch events.

1st Annual Arena Polo Match, September 15 at 5 p.m.

This is fast-paced version of polo.  

Donkey and Mule Show: September 16 and 17 at 8 a.m.

Donkeys and mules compete in a series of events similar to events in the horse shows.

4x4 Chute Out, September 16 at 8 a.m.

4-H youth participants from several states compete in barrel racing, pole being, break-away roping and team roping. 

For the full details on pre-fair horse shows, you can visit the State Fair of Texas website

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