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May 29, 2013

Reining Horses Compete at New York State Fairgrounds

Weekend Also Features Pinto Horses, Goats, Poultry Competitions

State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today announced the following events running from Thursday, May 30 to Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the New York State Fairgrounds:

Reining horses charge into the Toyota Coliseum beginning Thursday, May 30 for the Central New York Reining Association’s annual “Ride and Slide” competition.  A reining horse is a ranch horse trained to run courses designed to test its athletic ability.  They will run at different speeds through a nationally-sanctioned obstacle course, ending with the sliding stop that is the hallmark of the reining horse.  The event attracts the top professional reining horse riders from the East Coast, competing for more than $25,000 in prize money.

Events begin at 8 a.m. each day from Thursday Sunday.  Admission is free.

Also at the Fairgrounds this weekend, the Pinto Horse Association of New York State holds its June All-Pinto Show at the 4-H Arena.  The show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2.  The horses famous for their large patches of white and other colors will be put through their paces in halter and riding categories in both English and western classes.  Events begin at 7:30 a.m. each day. Admission is free.

The New York State Dairy Goat Breeders Association holds its 47th annual show Saturday, June 1 in the Swine, Goat and Llama Barn.  Goats and their handlers compete in order to select those animals closest to the ideal of a sound and productive dairy goat.  Goats are graded on their appearance, character, mammary system, and body capacity.  The show runs from 9 a.m. 3 p.m.  Admission is free.

The Finger Lakes Feature Club 54th Annual Show takes place Sunday, June 2 from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. in the Poultry Building.  All breeds and varieties of standard and bantam chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks and geese will be judged in various competitions for awards.  Admission is free.

Members of the Onondaga County 4-H Club hold a horse clinic from 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the 4-H Youth Arena.  Members present their animal projects for review to polish their work for the Onondaga County Youth Fair in July.

The New York State Fair runs from August 22 September 2, 2013.  The Fair’s theme is “Sharing the Bounty and Pride of New York.” 

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook or follow NYS Fair on Twitter. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas on the Great New York State Fair at

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