4-H Stars: A junior rodeo vet

Alexis Hutchings

Alexis Hutchings rides in the Idaho Junior Rodeo Association, in 4-H and someday wants to be a large animal veterinarian since horses and cattle are her favorite.

“We have horses and cattle and a variety of other animals at home,” she said.

She qualified last year to ride at the Eastern Idaho state Fair, but her parents Lane and Erica weren’t able to go.

“She made us promise we’d take her this year,” Erica Hutchings said.

The family is of Monteview. Alexis’s grandparents Mel and Virginia Hutchings of Thayne, Wyo., are longtime quarter horse breeders. At the state fair, Alexis, 10, competed in dummy roping, showmanship, bareback, Western and English equitation and trail.

She has competed in junior rodeo since she was 4. In 2014, she won the girls all-around title in her age group, was reserve last year, and has won lots of buckles including a buckle for calf riding last year.

“I’m proud of myself for beating all the boys,” she said.

At the state fair, Alexis rode Quick, her dad’s former calf-roping horse and out of her grandpa’s stud named Peperoni. She also rode Sally, who was her grandparents’ brood mare that Erica Hutchings rode at the National Cutting Horse Association World Show. Plus, she’s ridden horses handed down to her from step-siblings, Timmi and Tristen Hutchings.

In 2016 and 2017, Alexis’s 4-H steers won grand champion at the West Jefferson fair and junior showmanship, too. Her next goal is to compete in English jumping at the state fair.

“If Alexis is not riding a horse, she’s working with her steers or waiting to help on the farm,” Erica Hutchings said. “She can do it all; rope a steer, then slip on her britches and practice jumping.”

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