IMPERIAL – The Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta kicked off the animal judging Friday morning with 4-H and FFA participants bringing their horses into the steer arena to compete for top showmanship.
Under a threatening, stormy sky, the equine contest was moved from the horse arena to the protected steer arena although the day remained dry.
Alex Baran, Brawley, M & M 4-H, took 1st place for 4-H Senior Horse with her quarter horse, Colenas Peppy Lynx, and Anne Locher of El Centro placed 2nd on Chili Bean. The two will compete Thursday night against the winners of the other Senior 4-H livestock winners in the Round Robin Champion Showmanship class.
Winning the novice competition were 1st Place Bayleigh Nelson of Imperial with her quarter horse, O’dee, coming in 2nd was Gianna Irungaray from Holtville with her American Paint, Denali. Both girls moved up to compete in the Junior Class.
Taking top honors for Junior 4-H was Keeley Poloni, Holtville, on her paint, A Secret Agent Man.
Second place went to Sarah Grizzle, Holtville, on QT, a quarter horse. Both will compete Thursday night in the 4-H Junior Round Robin.
Winning FFA, Mishaila Sampson, Imperial, will bring her Sabina Paint, Moe, back Wednesday night to compete in the FFA Round Robin.
Steve Kelley of Apple Valley judged the classes. For the last 30 years he has raised, trained and shown performance quarter horses at Mill Iron Performance Horses.