Youth horse show opens Franklin County Fair

August 15, 2010|By C.J. LOVELACE
  • Ian Landis, 4, left, rides Buddy, who is dressed like a circus elephant, and Matthew Hahn, 8, dresses as Shaggy and Coco the horse is dressed as Scooby-Doo during the costume contest portion of the horse show Sunday at the Franklin County Fair in Chambersburg, Pa.
By Colleen McGrath,

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Ten youngsters took part in the youth horse show Sunday at the Franklin County Fair, but a brother and sister duo stole the show.

Nathan Pugh, 15, and Abigail Pugh, 11, of Greencastle, Pa., earned first- or second-place ribbons in just about every category they entered, combining for a total of 19. Nathan took firsts in seven categories and seconds in two more, while Abigail took eight first-place ribbons.

Although the Pughs did so well, the show itself was all about family fun, according to judge Betsy Ayers.

"I thought it was really nice," said Ayers, who judged the event for the first time, although she is not new to judging horse shows. "It was a fun show compared to some of the shows that I judge that are really hard-core. This was just people out there for fun. It didn't matter who won. Everybody cheered everybody on and I thought that was really a great thing to see."


The kids, ranging in age from 4 to 17, competed in a variety of events, including Costume, Bare Back Dollar, Walk Trot, English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Break & Out, Egg & Spoon, Trail Class, Open End Barrel, Barrel Race and Ride & Run.

Completing the slate of categories, those in attendance who were 19 and older got to compete in the Jack Benny class, which was won by Andrew Pugh. Competitors 13 and younger were grouped in the junior class and those 14 to 18 were part of the senior class.

Debbie Pugh, Nathan and Abigail's mother, said the kids get to practice on a family farm in Greencastle.

"I think they did really well," said Debbie Pugh. "They do practice, especially Abigail."

A junior class competitor, Abigail said it felt "very good" to win eight ribbons Sunday. Her favorite event was the Egg & Spoon, in which riders must hold an egg on a spoon while riding and obeying commands from the judge.

"It's challenging," said Abigail, who has been riding since she was about 3 months old.

Nathan, who participated in the senior class, said his favorite event was the Ride & Run because "I can go really fast." And that he did, winning the class by more than four seconds over runner-up Julia Miles.

He doesn't remember when he started riding, but he guesses he was about 5 years old. When he's not riding horses, Nathan enjoys riding four-wheelers and working with his dad, Bryce.

The costume competition featured horses and riders dressed up in matching outfits. With his Shaggy and Scooby-Doo outfit, Matthew Hahn, 8, won the junior division and Miles, 17, took the senior class with her American Indian outfit.

Ian Landis, the youngest in the show at age 4, took second in the junior division with his elephant and clown circus costume. Other costumes sported by competitors were a dinosaur, lamb, Tinker Bell, and a princess and a frog.

The Franklin County Fair runs until Saturday at the Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club grounds off Pa. 995.

Horse show results

Jr. Costume: 1. Matthew Hahn 2. Ian Landis 3. Rachel Pugh 4. Janice Hahn 5. Maeve Stewart; Sr. Costume: 1. Julia Miles 2. Nathan Pugh

Jr. Bare Back Dollar: 1. Abigail Pugh 2. Rachel Clark; Sr. Bare Back Dollar: 1. Paige Henry 2. Nathan Pugh 3. Julia Miles

Walk Trot: 1. Rachel Pugh 2. Janice Hahn 3. Matthew Hahn 4. Ian Landis

Jr. English Pleasure: 1. Abigail Pugh 2. Rachel Clark; Sr. English Pleasure: 1. Nathan Pugh 2. Julia Miles

Jr. Western Pleasure: 1. Abigail Pugh 2. Rachel Clark; Sr. Western Pleasure: 1. Nathan Pugh

Jr. Break & Out: 1. Abigail Pugh 2. Rachel Clark; Sr. Break & Out: 1. Nathan Pugh 2. Julia Miles

Walk Trot Egg & Spoon: 1. Janice Hahn 2. Rachel Pugh 3. Ian Landis 4. Matthew Hahn; Jr. Egg & Spoon: 1. Abigail Pugh 2. Rachel Clark; Sr. Egg & Spoon: 1. Nathan Pugh 2. Julia Miles 3. Paige Henry

Walk Trot Trail Class: 1. Janice Hahn 2. Rachel Pugh 3. Ian Landis

Jr. Open End Barrel: 1. Abigail Pugh 2. Rachel Clark 3. Matthew Hahn 4. Rachel Pugh; Sr. Open End Barrel: 1. Nathan Pugh 2. Paige Henry

Jr. Barrel Race: 1. Abigail Pugh 2. Rachel Clark 3. Rachel Pugh 4. Janice Hahn; Sr. Barrel Race: 1. Nathan Pugh 2. Paige Henry 3. Julia Miles

10 & Younger Ride & Run: 1. Rachel Clark 2. Rachel Pugh 3. Matthew Hahn 4. Ian Landis; Jr. Ride & Run: 1. Abigail Pugh 2. Janice Hahn; Sr. Ride & Run: 1. Nathan Pugh 2. Julia Miles 3. Paige Henry

If you go ...

What: Franklin County Fair

Where: Chambersburg Rod & Gun Club grounds, Pa. 995, west of Chambersburg, Pa.

Cost: $5 for ages 13 and older; $3 for ages 5 to 12; free for those 4 and younger

More information:

Today at the fair:

4 p.m. -- Youth rabbit show

6 p.m. -- 4-H rabbit showmanship

5:30 p.m. -- Franklin County Fair Little Miss Contest

7 p.m. -- Princess contest

8:30 p.m. -- Queen contest

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