ABILENE - The 4-H Horse Show State Finals are underway in Abilene for the 34th year, and these kids have been preparing for this event.
Fifth grader, Preslie Brooks from Flordayda, Tx said she spends hours in the arena on her horse getting ready for events. Brooks has been known most of her life for her horse, Wildcat. She's had him for about eight years.
"He's very gentle is what I like about him," Brooks said.
Brooks may be young but she knows all about what it takes to compete.
"It's a lot of hard work because getting up every day and having to feed your horse and ride," Brooks said.
She's joined about 1,000 other Texans competing this week. Children from ages nine to 18 demonstrate their skills as well as their four legged friends.
Brooks is hoping to take home a prize this year.
"I have never placed at state, but I have got a 4th at District," she added, "They're trying to win a saddle, buckles, ribbons."
And high school seniors are hoping to win scholarship money.
Brooks said it's not just a competition. "A celebration of all of those kids hard work throughout the year," she said.
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