The weather cooperated and so did the horses and ponies to help make the 2014 Crawford County Fair Horse Show this past Saturday, Aug. 16 a success.
The day started with a large group of halter entries; 16 in all and with seven entries in the Junior Western Horse class alone. Newcomer Olivia Loos took the Grand Champion honors with her Quarter Horse mare, Mazi; while another new exhibitor, Reed Stenner received the Reserve Champion award with his Pony of the Americas, Ruby.
This year also saw the largest ever group of dressage entries—one Open and seven Junior riders, with the Western Dressage entries outnumbering the English for the first time. Crawford County is still the only fair in Wisconsin to offer this new, national sport. (See westerndressageassociation.org to learn more.)
Spectators also saw a return of driving at the fair show. Although there are three driving classes (reinsmanship, pleasure and obstacle driving), the fair hasn’t had an entry in over a decade. Reed Stenner, of Prairie du Chien, made a nice presentation with his Percheron mare, Daphne, a two-wheeled cart, and his mother riding along as passenger.
The foal class, too, had an entry again, where Junior exhibitor Kylie Heisz showed her mare Nali’s foal Bogo. That first show experience took its toll on the little colt as he was, afterward, seen laid out in the grass taking a nap.
Junior Grand and Reserve results for the fair horse show included: Halter Grand – Olivia Loos; Reserve – Reed Stenner. Showmanship Grand – Olivia Loos; Reserve – Jenna Holler. Western High Percentage Dressage Score – Kylie Heisz; English – Dylan Ghormley. Equitation Grand – Olivia Loos; Reserve – Dylan Ghormley. Pleasure Horse Grand – Olivia Loos; Reserve – Brennah Ghormley. Trail Grand – Dylan Ghormley; Reserve – Kylie Heisz. Gymkhana Grand – Dylan Ghormley; Reserve – Brianna Mack. The Judge’s choice Barn Award and Sportsmanship honors were given to Elizabeth Carlson of Prairie du Chien.
Other exhibitors at the fair horse show were: Faye Brassington, Alexus Mack, Sophie Miller, Jayme Brassington and Angela Davidson.