The Golden Coloroado Westernaires prepare their horses for their grand entry at the Sandoval County Fair on Aug. 4. The Westernaires are a group of young men and women ages 9-19 whom perform on trained horses at shows and rodeos throughout the country. The program is a non-profit organization based in Golden, Colorado, and prides itself in teaching children and teens the values of horsemanship, leadership and responsibility through year long training and performance.
Tessa Handschy, 16, prepares her riding gear for the Westernaires grand entry performance at the Sandoval County fair on Aug. 4. The Westernaires are made up of over a hundred riders and horses. The group along with their horses traveled from Golden, Colorado.
A horse with the Golden, Colorado Westernaires is prepped for the grand entry at the Sandoval County Fair. The Westernaires performed throughout the week opening and closing the County Fair.
Shiloh Trujillo, 8, plays near the Westernaire's horse trailers on Aug. 4, 2018, while they geared up their horses in performance attire.
The Westernaires enjoy some time with each other before they perform on Aug. 4, 2018. Many of the young men and women attend school full time, train while also traveling around the country to perform. The Westernaires program prides itself in encouraging horsemanship, leadership and responsibility.
The Westernaires get in formation as they await to head down into the arena.
Charles Dugan, 18, prays before the Westernaires enter the arena for their final performance on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Sandoval County Fair.
The Golden Colorado Westernaires prepare to ride into the arena at the Sandoval County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 4.
Children press up against a fence at the Sandoval County Fair to watch the Golden Colorado Westernaires grand entrance to kick off the nights performance.