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Kids get their kicks at horse show

November 30, 1999|By Ashley Hartman

WILLIAMSON, PA.

The Franklin County Fair kicked off its 101st year Sunday with a horse show.

Twenty-seven youths participated in the horse show, which was free to enter and offered cash prizes to winners.

"It's something for the kids to do who aren't showing animals," said Bryce Pugh, one of the organizers of the show.

Pugh said he and his wife, Debbie, took over chairing the event three years ago.

"We said we'd do it," he said. "It was either that or they wouldn't have it anymore."

Some of the 23 categories in the horse show were costume, bareback dollar, English pleasure and barrel race.

In the costume category, horses and their riders dressed up.

"We had horses dressed like elephants, clowns, Dalmatians," Pugh said.

In the bareback dollar category, riders had to keep a dollar from slipping out from under their legs as they rode bareback.

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The last rider with a dollar was the winner, Pugh said.

Riders who competed in the English pleasure category rode their horses in the English style.

The English style is the way knights and noblemen rode their horses and is more active than the Western style, said Abraham Pugh, a horse trainer.

"Western riding was developed for work on ranches (and) doesn't require as much activity (as English riding)," Abraham said.

First-place winners in the horse show received $9, second place received $8, third place received $7, fourth place received $6 and fifth place received $5.

"Some shows are for prestige, but this one is for the kids to have fun," Abraham said.

Emily Taber of Waynesboro, Pa., who has been riding since she was 5 years old, won fourth place in the English pleasure category.

"I'm in 4-H and I love horseback riding," Taber said about why she decided to compete in the horse show.

Taber was pleased with her performance in the competition.

"I think we've done well," she said.

Also on Sunday, contestants in the Franklin County Little Miss and Fair Queen contests prepared for the competitions, which will be today.

Fifteen girls between the ages of 6 and 8 were signed up for the Little Miss contest and seven girls between the ages of 16 and 20 were signed up to compete for the fair queen title.

"This particular event is a tremendous character-building activity," said Gerald Reichard, entertainment coordinator for the fair.

"It's very educational to these girls," said Sherrie Mellott, chairwoman of the two contests.

Jaclyn Upperman, 18, the 2006 Franklin County Fair Queen, said she learned more about Franklin County agriculture by winning the title.

"I learned so much more on a state level," said Upperman, who competed in the state fair queen competition in January. There were more than 58 girls in the state competition, she said.

As Franklin County Fair Queen, Upperman also was involved in parades in Mercersburg, Waynesboro, Chambersburg and Greencastle, she spoke about the fair at banquets, had a table at the Franklin County Fall Farm Fun Fest and helped out at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg, Pa.

Sunday evening, the fair hosted the 33rd annual vesper service featuring Pastor John Hoffman as the speaker, southern gospel music by Guilford Station and a child evangelism fellowship.

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