Variety of horse events at the Brown County Fair

Farm Forum

New horse events along with already popular events will keep the Akkerman Arena busy during the Brown County Fair in Aberdeen.

The long established Open Class Youth Horse Show will continue to provide many fun classes for exhibitors under age 21, including S.D. 4-H Horse Show Classes. The show will take place Monday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. For more information about this event, contact Kristen Gonsoir at (605) 380-7066, (605) 395-6507 or

The 5th Annual Open 4D Barrel Race is sponsored by the Brown County Fair and Aberdeen Hotel Alliance. It is a fast-paced event with a format that offers all levels of competitors to win some prize money. The race takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Entries close at 12:30 p.m., and the barrel race starts at 1 p.m. For information about this event visit

On Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 9 a.m., Denny Selting from Hermosa will present a Ranch Sorting Clinic. Ranch sorting is a timed event in which two riders and two horses must sort 10 consecutively numbered head of cattle from one pen into another. Selting will demonstrate the proper techniques to help horse and rider become successful in a sport that is fun and wildly popular, but fairly new to northeastern S.D. Selting gives clinics in the Black Hills area and Wyoming. There is a limit of 20 participants. The registration fee is $75 with a preregistered $25 deposit required by Aug. 1. There is no fee for spectators. The clinic is sponsored by Livestock Specialists, Inc. and Canterbury “A Cowgirl’s Deli.” For information, contact Pearl Holt at (605) 229-2111 (leave message).

Wrangler is coming to the Brown County Fair on Thursday, Aug. 15, to host its second team roping. They produce this high quality event, attracting team ropers from several states. Entry is at 7:30 a.m. and roping starts at 9 a.m. For information visit

Everyone loves to see the gentle giants (draft horses) down to miniature ponies pull wagons and carts. In the Open Driving and Hitch Show on Friday, Aug. 16, at noon, several classes will be offered from the number in the hitch to obstacle courses, pole bending and antique vehicle. The show should bring out the spectators, and the $2,000 added prize money should encourage owners to wipe the dust off their wagons and hitch up their horses. For information contact Joe Lutter at (605) 460-3176 or Pearl Holt at (605) 229-2111. The show is sponsored by Cutler Ranch, Mitzel & Sons Trucking & Loaders, Bieber Red Angus, Livestock Specialists, Inc., Canterbury “A Cowgirl’s Deli,” Common Sense Mfg., Northern Plains Animal Health, Thorpe Realty & Auction Inc., Hitch’n Post, Bruce & Lynette Durheim, Mike Dinger Trucking, Jason’s Truck & Autobody, Ken & Pauline Peterson and Wayne & Pearl Holt.

The Mounted Shooting event will be Saturday, Aug. 17. Mounted Shooting is a fast-growing sport. It is a timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers, each loaded with 5 rounds of specially-prepared blank rounds. Competitors ride their horses while shooting in a set pattern. Jackpot run is at 2 p.m., and show time is 3 p.m. The show is free for spectators. For information call Terry Jundt at (605) 229-0481 or Tom Carlson at (605) 226-2275.

Entry forms for all events are available at