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Sunday ride: Blue Ridge Riding Club holds season's first pleasure show

April 28, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Ashley Lyons, 12, of Smithsburg and her quarterhouse, She Dances for Diamonds, took third place in the Senior All Day division of a pleasure show Sunday at Blue Ridge Riding Club near Boonsboro.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — The first year Amanda Krause and her horse, Coty, participated in a Baltimore County, Md., horse show many years ago, Coty bucked her off him, Krause recalled Sunday.

Coty wasn’t used to shows at the time, said Krause, who has had Coty since he was 3 years old. The Tennessee walking horse-spotted saddle horse mix is now 14 years old.

On Sunday, Coty was doing wonderfully at Blue Ridge Riding Club’s first pleasure show of the season, said Krause, 22, a Frostburg State University junior attending classes at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.

“Nothing seems to really bother him,” said Krause, after Coty earned a first-place ribbon for the open-gaited class at the ring off Mapleville Road, north of Boonsboro. With a gaited horse, the right feet move in a parallel motion and the left feet move in a parallel motion, she explained.

Krause and Coty, also known as Rockin-a-Lacota, have been living with Gracie, 10, and Reno, 19 — both Tennessee walking horses — at the Boonsboro farm belonging to Krause’s grandparents, Christine and Karl Dehn.

Krause had all three horses at Sunday’s show, in which approximately 50 entrants participated on the windy day, show officials said.

This year the club split the speed shows, with barrel racing, into a separate series that started two weeks ago, said Sherry Olden, treasurer for the not-for-profit club.

Sunday’s event was a pleasure show with many horses being judged on rhythm and posture while they walked, cantered and trotted around the ring.

Boonsboro sisters Dayanna Olden, 11, and Dara Olden, 7, said they enjoy spending time with their horses, which they rode in Sunday’s competition.

Dara rode Babe and Dayanna rode Chase, also known as Chasin' My Shadow.

“I think we have, like, a bond,” Dayanna said of her relationship with Chase.

Ashley Lyons, 12, of Smithsburg, rode a red dun quarter horse, Jasmine, who had a great day after the pair went through six months of training with trainer Katie Tessier, said Lyons’ mom, Cindy Lyons.

Asked if their training was making a difference Sunday, Ashley said “Yes, a lot, a lot of a difference.”

Jasmine, whose registered name is She Dances for Diamonds, wasn’t fighting her as much, Ashley said.

Jasmine used to be “like a bullet. When you cantered her, she was fast. Fast to the point she was unsafe,” Cindy Lyons said.

But the 10-year-old horse has slowed down, Lyons said.

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