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Any ribbon is a good ribbon at Ag Expo

July 21, 2009|By ASHLEY REID

Danae Oliver, 15, State Line, Pa.

Danae Oliver said her horse, Cut-to-the-Chase, would make her proud whether she won a ribbon or not.

The teenager participated Tuesday in the English Horse Show at the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair.

"He is 3 years old and that's young for competition, so any ribbon is a good ribbon," Danae said.

She started training her horse last August, she said.

She said she was ready for the competition, and showed no signs of nervousness.

"I'm doing pretty good. My horse is ready, so we should do fine," Danae said.

Sara Angle, 16, Boonsboro

Sara Angle offered a helping hand Tuesday with the English Horse Show at the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair.

Sara particpated Saturday in the Horse and Pony Western Show and decided to help set up and hand out ribbons for Tuesday's show.

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"I really love the Ag Expo," Sara said.

Sara, who was senior champion and took overall high points Saturday, said she has been riding Western since she was 8 years old.

Winning the awards "felt really good," Sara said.

And her favorite part of the annual event?

"I love the tractor pulls," Sara said.

Rachel Wiles, 13, Williamsport

"I've been doing it for my whole life, so I'm pretty confident," Rachel Wiles said as she prepared Tuesday to show her cow in the Dairy Cattle Show at the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair.

Rachel entered her cow, Cassie, in this year's show.

"I hope to get first, but if I don't, I will be fine," said Rachel, who also participated in a horse show .

Rachel straightened her shirt and patted Cassie while waiting to enter the ring for the competition.

"I think she'll do pretty good," Wiles said, looking at Cassie.

She said the Ag Expo has been fun and will prepare her to meet future goals.

"After this, I'll go to college and become a farmer," Rachel said.

Matt Burcker, 12, Williamsport

Matt Burcker, who has been a 4-H member for four years, entered eight animals in various competitions at this year's Washington County Ag Expo and Fair.

During the event, "I take care of my animals and hang with friends," Matt said.

Matt planned to show and sell a steer, lambs and hogs.

"I have a steer show today," Matt said Tuesday, noting that after the show he would start getting the animals ready for sale.

-- Ashley Reid

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