The Coshocton County Beacon October 15, 2020 - Page 2

2 • The Beacon October 15 , 2020

Junior fair wraps up with big crowd at horse show

By Jen Jones
The junior fair horse show pulled a crowd to the fairgrounds on Oct . 10as area youth showcased their showmanship and riding skills .
Laura Bintz , 11 , is a member of This-N-That 4-H Club and was showing her horse for the first time . “ I ’ m not nervous ,”
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BF-00490828 she said . “ We ’ ve always had horses at the farm and I always wanted to show . I ’ m more excited about contesting , though .” Contesting is an event with more speed and Bintz likes that . “ I like going fast more than the showy stuff .”
She and her horse , Flash , have been together for a long time . “ I practice a lot . The hardest thing during showmanship is making sure my horse is lined up correctly and the pivot .” Each showmanship class has a different pattern they need to lead their horse through and they turn their horses at different points of the pattern . Bintz and Flash finished third in their showmanship class .
Ty Woodward was also showing his horses for the first time . The 10-year-old competed in showmanship with his horses , Skippy and Tucker . “ I fell in love with Skippy when I was 3 . I ’ m a little nervous . The trail class is the hardest . You have to go across a bridge and over sticks and the horse has to side – walk and lots of other things .”
Woodward was also competing in the driving class . He was going to hook Tucker up to a cart and drive around the ring . “ The announcer tells me what to do , like trot or whatever . I like doing that . I practice a lot with Tucker .”
Brianna Karr , 14 , was showing for the second year . “ I ’ ve always had horses and been riding for a long time . I just decided to show . It ’ s not really hard . I ’ m doing showmanship and riding classes , both .”
She explained that for showmanship classes , the youth have to lead their horse in patterns . “ We don ’ t know the pattern until right before our class . We have to trot , and the horse has to be square when we stop . It takes lots of practice . When the horse doesn ’ t do what it ’ s supposed to , I just try to get it too . Sometimes we have to try and try .”
For the riding classes , she said she rides around the ring , walking and trotting , then they have to line up and listen to the judge . “ I ’ m a little nervous . Shieanne , my horse , doesn ’ t like to stand still . I ’ ve worked with her a lot , so we ’ ll see if she does better .”
“ Showing is fun . I like doing it – just going out in the ring and having fun is the best part of showing .”

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Laura Bintz , 11 , waits with Flash for the start of their showmanship class at the horse showcase on Oct . 10 at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds . She placed third in her class .
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