Cody Beam, a sixth-grade student at West Lincoln Middle, took top honors in the Youth Show 9-10 Showmanship category at the N.C. State Fair on Oct. 15. The Youth Show is the largest competition at the State Fair, having over 1,000 entries.
Beam won the award by halter showing his prized horse â€œDiamond Acres,â€ a 14-year-old Appaloosa gelding.
â€œHeâ€™s the first horse Iâ€™ve ever shown and is just a good horse and easy to handle,â€ Beam told the Times-News.
Beam has been competing for four years, and this fall marked his third time competing at the State Fair. For his accomplishment, he received a plaque and a blue ribbon. He got his start through 4-H shows at the Ponderosa in Lincolnton.
â€œItâ€™s just fun showing horses and itâ€™s a great hobby,â€ Beam said. â€œI plan to continue competing as I get older and possibly become a professional trainer.â€
There is no one secret to showing horses successfully according to Beam. Instead, a lot of practice and hard work have led to his success.
Accompanying Beam to the fair were his parents, Jason and Lisa Beam, his grandparents, Bill and Debbie Beam and his brother and sister.
The new competition for Beam will be the spring 4-H show. â€œMy horse and I will be ready,â€ Beam said.