Expo Esperanza 2017

The 8th annual Expo Esperanza was held this past August.  Nearly 70 participants entered 475 projects in 7 discipline areas.  In some of the future posts, we will highlight the projects, activities and the people involved in the 3 day event.


In the Arena...

 The Presentation of the Mexican flag was brought in on horseback by the Interns who taught the horse riding classes.  The welcome and prayer followed before the competitions began.

The Presentation of the Mexican flag was brought in on horseback by the Interns who taught the horse riding classes.  The welcome and prayer followed before the competitions began.

Morning competitions were held in the arena on the campus of the orphanage.

 In the ring, the Advanced participants show their "Bovinos" (cattle) projects in a showmanship class.  There is also an intermediates cattle class.  The cattle are owned by Rancho Agua Viva.

In the ring, the Advanced participants show their "Bovinos" (cattle) projects in a showmanship class.  There is also an intermediates cattle class.  The cattle are owned by Rancho Agua Viva.

 
 The Dog project was re-designed this year to focus more on dog obedience for Intermediate and Advanced participants.  

The Dog project was re-designed this year to focus more on dog obedience for Intermediate and Advanced participants.  

 
 The "small species" class is unique to the Beginner Expo participants.

The "small species" class is unique to the Beginner Expo participants.

 
 Sheep participants have 2 opportunities to show at Expo.  With the same lamb, they can show in the Showmanship and Production classes.

Sheep participants have 2 opportunities to show at Expo.  With the same lamb, they can show in the Showmanship and Production classes.

 
 Equitation competitions are open to all age groups.  Historically, horse classes have the most entries at Expo!

Equitation competitions are open to all age groups.  Historically, horse classes have the most entries at Expo!

 
 Barrel Racing is a favorite of the participants and a real crowd pleaser!  Open to Intermediate and Advanced Expo participants, 5 horses ran the barrels with 20 participants.

Barrel Racing is a favorite of the participants and a real crowd pleaser!  Open to Intermediate and Advanced Expo participants, 5 horses ran the barrels with 20 participants.

 
 Chicken projects are cared for by the participants for 4 weeks prior to Expo Esperanza.  The project has 2 classes, production and showmanship, and is open to all age groups.  There is especially a lot of enthusiasm with the Beginners!

Chicken projects are cared for by the participants for 4 weeks prior to Expo Esperanza.  The project has 2 classes, production and showmanship, and is open to all age groups.  There is especially a lot of enthusiasm with the Beginners!