BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WXOW) – The Foundation Quarter Horse Registry held it’s World Round Up at the Jackson County Fair Grounds this weekend.
This is the first year the competition is being held in Wisconsin. The best of the best from around the nation met at the fairgrounds on Friday to compete and show their horses. There are several classes that the exhibitor’s participated in. Horses were judged on a number of qualities including speed, overall appearance, performance, and skill.
Executive officer and owner of the Foundation Quarter Horse Registry Vicki Austin says showing a horse takes a lot of skill and practice. The people competing with their horses at the World Round-Up are there because they put in a lot of time and hard work.
“It’s been years of work for some of these people. This little girl walking by us right now, she’s been riding for three years. She rides six days a week, sometimes twice a day, to prepare this horse to get her to show her to her absolute best. So these people.. they just work,” Austin said.
Austin says the organization is like a family atmosphere for them. The FQHR requires an immense amount of dedication to be involved in, and because of that, it has brought the members closer together.
“It brings us together as a family. Even though the foundation is about the horses and registering these horses… it’s also about our family values and our children. We like to make sure our kids are our future,” Austin said.
The FQHR World Round-Up is celebrating 25 years as an organization. This was the first year that the World Round-Up event was held at Black River Falls. The World Round-Up started On Friday, July 19 and ended Sunday, July 21.
The organization hopes to hold it in Black River Falls again next year.