On Saturday, riders came from several parts of the area to compete for ribbons and trophies in the third show of the year.
“We have three divisions. There's four classes in each division. There's a total of 12 classes,” said Janine Hansing, one of the owners of the farm where people come to learn how to ride and how to compete. “In the jumpers class, there are poles out here which will fall down if the rider hits them, whereas cross country is with natural logs obstacles that will not fall down.”
As she prepared for the cross country competition, Hansing explained the difference in scoring.
“It's still a matter of who is the fastest, who has the clean round, but in cross country your faults are added to your time, whereas in jumpers you have faults. And if you have a clean round, you go to a jump-off for your fast round.”
Ruth Parker, from the Minford area, was assisting and cheering on her two daughters who were competing, Cheyenne Parker and Sierra Parker.
“I love it here. These people, Janine and Emily (Uldrich), are just absolutely wonderful. They have given my daughter so much confidence, and she just excels at this,” Ruth Parker said. “They have done so much for her, they really have.”
Hansing said she was pleased with the turnout in both the participants and the spectators.
“We're real excited because this is the third show of the season. This is our third year of running these shows for the season,” she said.
David Pettit was the grand champion in the highest division, the intermediate division. Cheyenne Parker captured top honors in the beginners class, and Trudy Uldrich, was grand champion in the introductory division.
“They've competed in all of our horse shows. They have high points. They've really worked hard to earn that,” Hansing said.
FRANK LEWIS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.