Little cowgirls and cowboys showed off their riding skills at the stick horse race in Vale's Wadleigh Park Saturday, July 6. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

VALE - Wadleigh Park became a mini version of the fairgrounds arena as kids in two age groups - 3 and under and 4 to 7 - competed to see who could race their stick horse the fastest.

Bo Bourasa, Vale 4th of July Rodeo's 2018 queen, talks to a dejected looking cowboy, Elias Shuler, after his horse stalled near the finish line. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Little cowgirls and cowboys showed off their riding skills at the stick horse race in Vale's Wadleigh Park Saturday, July 6. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Hypatia donned a unicorn horn to ride her horse Elsa. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Little cowgirls and cowboys showed off their riding skills at the stick horse race in Vale's Wadleigh Park Saturday, July 6. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Stick horse riders take a group photo with Bo Bourasa, Vale 4th of July Rodeo 2018 queen. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Reigning champion in the 4 to 7 age group, Abby, does it again, placing first for the second year in a row. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Second place in the 4 to 7 age group went to Hunter. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Dane took third place in the 4 to 7 age group. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Kiefer smoked the competition in the 3 and under category. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Kalem placed second in the 3 and under. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Indiana takes home third place in the 3 and under age group. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

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