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Horse jumping season gets under way at Washington County ag center

June 26, 2008

Jumping enthusiasts gathered at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on May 27 to kick off the Washington County Horse Council's horse show season at the first Schooling Jumper Show.

Two types of competition were offered in divisions ranging from jump heights 18 inches to 3 feet 6 inches. Speed was based on how quickly horse and rider were able to negotiate a course of seven jumps.

Power and speed involved two parts. First riders had to jump a course of five jumps with no faults. If this criteria was met, a bell sounded and riders timed on a additional four-jump course. Each refusal or pole knocked down resulted in the addition of a 4-second time penalty. Three faults or going off course resulted in disqualification.

Eight to 10 horse-rider teams competed at each division height. All classes were open to the public and included both adult and youth riders.

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Divisions started with the 18-inch prepuddle jumpers, restricted to horses and/or riders who were new to the jumping scene. First place in speed was awarded to Michele Perez on PPH Paint Me Red.

First place for power and speed was awarded to Julia Eckstine on Reno.

In the 2-foot puddle jumper division, the speed winner was Anneke Tingle on Macarona. The power and speed winner was Frog O'Brien.

At 2 feet, 3 inches, Shelby Kepner on Sierra Mist won the speed class. Katrine Boniface on Four Oaks Dizzy Devil won first in power and speed.

The Lower Jumper Division at 2 1/2 feet ended the evening. In speed, Anneke Tingle on Macarona took first. Power and speed was won by Shelby Kepner on Sierra Mist.

All proceeds from Horse Council events benefit the Washington County 4-H Equestrian Program.

For more information about events this season, additional results or to learn more about joining 4-H, check out www.4hhorsecouncil.org. All events are open to equestrians of all ages.

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