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Jumper school helps riders learn while others encourage them

July 03, 2007

Crouched together amid thunder, lightning and pelting rain, jumping enthusiasts who showed up for the Washington County Horse Council's first jumper schooling show June 19, showed their perseverance by returning the next night to compete.

While the numbers were small, the enthusiasm was great, said LeAnn Johnson, a council leader.

Jumper shows are a test of both horse and rider skill. Classes involve memorizing and negotiating a complicated timed course of nine or more jumps.

Time penalties are added if a horse refuses a jump or exhibits a disobedience. Three penalties and the rider is disqualified.

"However, because this was a schooling show, spectators had plenty of opportunity to encourage and cheer riders who experienced difficulty with their mounts," Johnson said.

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Kylee Seymour won two first place ribbons in the Pre-puddle jumper division negotiating Princess Tonka Tu over 18-inch jumps. Chloe Bellerive won a second place in the same division on Buttercup.

In the puddle jumper division, two-foot jumps, Zoe Chapelle won a first and a second ribbon on Dusty Rose and Carlyn Pate won a first on Robyn's Painted Pepper.

In the novice jumper division, two-foot, three-inch jumps, Amy Hoover won two firsts on Brush and Jessi Williams earned a second on Lightning.

The low jumper division pitted sisters Amy and Anna Hoover against each other. Each won a first and a second on their mounts Brush and Robbie.

Anna Hoover was the only entry in the Schooling Jumper division with two-foot, nine-inch jumps, completing both courses with just one penalty in each.

Times for all rides are posted on the WCHC website at www.4hhorsecouncil.org

Two additional schooling jumper shows are scheduled at the Washington County Agricultural Education on July 17 and Aug. 14. They are open to the public and all area riders are encouraged to come.

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