This news comes from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets:
It's a big agriculture weekend at the New York State Fairgrounds.
Beginning today, the Central New York Reining Association’s annual “Ride and Slide” competition beings in the Toyota Coliseum. 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 through Sunday. Admission is free.
Also, the Pinto Horse Association of New York State holds its June All-Pinto Show at the 4-H Arena. The show takes place 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.
Members of the Onondaga County 4-H Club hold a horse clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1 and 2 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 Dairy Goat Breeders Association holds its 47th annual show 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. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
The Finger Lakes Feature Club 54th Annual Show takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 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.