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More than 80 compete at horse show

July 18, 2006

In the second of three shows this summer sponsored by the Washington County Horse Council, more than 80 riders gathered this past Saturday to compete in 11 divisions of classes at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

The show began with "in-hand" classes, where horses were led before Judge John Mitchell and ended with a series of timed races such as barrels and poles. A second judge, Laura Stoner, was kept busy evaluating riders over a series of trail obstacles set up in a wooded patch outside the ring.

The jumping division was perhaps the most challenging. While performing through intermittent showers, horses had to negotiate courses of up to nine jumps. This division also prompted the visit of some unexpected spectators as the Sharpsburg Ambulance crew was called to attend 4-Her Carlin Pate after a nasty spill. However, not to be deterred, Carlin was back at Ag Center wearing hospital scrubs before the end of the final event. Champion and reserve champion trophies were awarded to the highest scoring riders in the following divisions:

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Youth English: Brianna Lawson on Falta Mid and Kelsey Rosen on Caught Red Handed.

Adult English:Meghan Manor on Jordan's Blazin Raven and Amanda Eisel on Captive Kisses

Youth Western:Sarah Angle on Nifty Bee Breeze and Marie Grossnickle on Taffy

Adult Western: Kerry Keener on KC's Overexposed and Stephanie Redus on Silently Vested

Short Stirrup: Jordan Beer on Jordan's Blazin Raven and Morgan Angle on Fancy

Novice Julie Eckstine on Kodak Moment and Tammy Castle on I'm Mighty Obvious

Green Horse: Meghan Manor on Jordan's Blazin Raven and Ashley Dritler on Bailey's Irish Dream

Jumper: Erica Fleming on Tinkerbell and Kristie Johnson on Charmed for Sure

Short-Stirrup/Novice Speed: Mark Johnson on Peachy Keen and Cloe Bellerive on Afternoon Delight

outh Speed: Marie Grossnickle on Mocha and Arielle Black on Candy

Adult Speed: Nicole Solar on Misty and Erica Fleming on Tinkerbell.

In non-division classes, first place ribbons were awarded to Morgan Angle with Fancy for Junior/Short-Stirrup Showmanship; Stephanie Redus with Silently Vested for Senior/Adult Showmanship and Halter; Sarah Angle with Nifty Bee Breeze for Youth Command and Break; and Kerry Keener with KC's Overexposed for Adult Command and Break

The next WCHC Open Horse Show to benefit Washington County 4-H will be held on Saturday Aug. 12, at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. The show is open to the public, hot food will be available and there will be stick horse races and a cake walk during the lunch break. Come and cheer the horses and riders and support our local 4-H program.

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