Multi-county horse show has small but strong start
By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer
The area’s first multi-county horse show was held in Limestone County over the weekend, and although participation was not as high as organizers had hoped, they anticipate that the show will grow over time and are already planning next year’s event.
Annette McCloskey, who teaches youth horse riding in Limestone County, planned the show with the help of her business partner, John Joyner, of El Paso, after she realized that there were few or no venues in which youth could compete in horse skills in Limestone and five other nearby counties.
Mainly Limestone County youth took part in this year’s show and one youth from Robertson County. Entries from Navarro County had registered but called to cancel the day before the show.
“We did however have a very positive response from the business community to help promote for next year,” McCloskey said. “The youth of outside counties were not looking for us this year, but we will be more ahead of the scheduling for next year so the youth can be more prepared.”
Judging the show was Heather Young, of Gordonville. Young is a carded judge with the American Paint Horse Association, the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Reining Horse Association.
Serving as ring steward was Laura Ditvlson, of El Paso; assisting ring side to present awards was Kathy Whelen. The arena crew consisted of Micheal Wagner and Jimmy Rogers; and Emily Gray did the announcing. The Order of the Eastern Star provided the concession stand and also held a fish fry on Saturday afternoon.
McCloskey expressed satisfaction with the show, noting that it accomplished what she had planned for it.
“I thought the show went extremely well,” she said, “and achieved the goal of preparing for the District 4H Horse show coming up in June in Belton. These kids worked really hard and are expanding their horsemanship skills by expanding the number of disciplines they are riding.”
She expressed gratitude for the way the community came together to help in many of the tasks needed to put on the show.
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See Horse Show results here.