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Queen attendant rides to success

Liz King

Sarah Cawcak, a self-possessed, 16-year-old, is the Moffat County Fair senior queen attendant. She has been active in 4-H for eight years.

“I like getting to train my own horse,” Cawcak said. “I don’t believe in sending your horse off to the trainer.”

Cawcak, who rides both English and Western style, said training one’s own horse makes one know the animal better.



“Taking the hard way is usually best for you,” Cawcak said.

This is Cawcak’s third horse show in four days. She participated in the Friday Open Horse Show — English Division, the Saturday Open Horse Show — Western Division and Monday’s 4-H Show.



“I like that (Boone, Cawcak’s horse) is so multi-talented,” Cawcak said. “She is an all-around horse, she can do barrels and poles and English riding.”

Nervousness is something that Cawcak said comes in the beginning of a horse show but, after awhile, it goes away.

“If I do bad, I do bad,” Cawcak said, “I don’t stress over it.”

Cawcak, who is going to be a junior at Moffat County High School, said the fair and especially the 4-H horse show should be an educational experience and not a competition.

“I take each horse show as a learning experience,” Cawcak said.

This year is her favorite fair, Cawcak said, because she is doing less this year and is more laid back.

“Last year, I did a lot,” Cawcak said. “I’d say that you should rely on yourself and don’t let other people get you down. You can always improve in next years.”

Water fights are Cawcak’s favorite part of every fair.

“We get to pick on some of the older people,” Cawcak said. “As one of the older kids, we kind of get the run of the mill.”

Small horse shows, such as the 4-H show, is good because it builds confidence, said Cawcak, and bigger shows are good because participants can really see how they are doing compared to other riders.

But Cawcak’s favorite year was her first 4-H show, eight years ago.

“My horse Dolly and I won showmanship,” Cawcak said.


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