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Horse council season gets off to soggy start

June 27, 2009

While rescheduling due to thunderstorms may have plagued the opening of the Washington County Horse Council show season, rain has not doused the enthusiasm of area horse lovers.

"The first five events of our season have gone well despite a great deal of rescheduling due to storms," said Donna Schmidt, council president.

The first event, a jumper clinic with nationally renown trainer Bill Moroney of Keedysville was well attended and riders and horses at all levels learned a lot. Organizer Lori Bellerive publically thanked Moroney for his dedication to helping area riders improve their horsemanship skills.

The skills were finally put to the test when the first jumper show finally got off the ground despite intermittent showers May 28. In the Pre Puddle Jumper Division, Amanda McCauley and Demi Burtner put in winning rounds. At 2 feet, Jessi Stein and Elizabeth Coeburn turned in winning times. Due to dangerous footing, the show concluded at 2 feet, 3 inches with Elizabeth and Jessi again turning in the winning times.

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The pace shifted on June 6 at the spring dressage competition where Kylee Seymour and Hailey Leishear tied for the high point trophy. Judge Suzi Hek had to turn to their collective points earned in order to break the tie putting Kylee on top.

Things speeded up with riders at the speed show June 11 competing in poles, 50-yard dash, key hole, barrels and flag race. In the walk/trot division, Kiley Slimmer riding Lakota swept the events earning the high point trophy with Frog O'Brien earning the reserve. In their first show ever, the youth division high point award went to Emily Fluharty on Smokey. The reserve trophy went to Katie Wolfe on Curly, also a newcomer to the arena. Finally, in the adult division, 4-H'er Jessi Stein came out on top with RRB Poco Cutter Bill riding against multiple 4-H leaders who were determined to give her a run for her money.

The horse council also sponsors riderless events. On May 31, model horse collectors met for the first 4-H Model Horse Show. Judge Rebecca Lawson combined instruction and praise in her judging of the event in which 4-H'ers selected plastic horses based on their knowledge of good conformation, to compete in various halter classes. However, the favorite classes were the performance events in which diorama-type scenes depicting model horses in various disciplines were judged for their authenticity and workmanship.

The horse council and the Equestrian 4-H Clubs of Washington County welcome all area horse lovers to join with them in the many events scheduled this summer. For more information, go to www.4hhorsecouncil.org.

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