Indian festival attracts unexpected crowd of fans to horse and pony competition Wiles combo wins Pairs Class ribbon

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July 25, 1993|By MUPHEN WHITNEY

Cowboys, Indians and English riders all gathered at the

Howard County Fairgrounds last weekend.

While the American Indian Pow Wow Festival was attracting participants at one end of the fairgrounds, the Mid-Maryland Horse and Pony Association Show, which featured Western and English classes, was attracting spectators at the other end of the grounds.

"I think the people who came for the Indian Festival must think we are part of that," said MMHPA organizer Sandi Collins. "This is really great to get all these people down here. The grandstands have never been so full."

The spectators from the Festival obviously thought a horse show was a great place to be as they packed the grandstands and walked among the horses and horse trailers. Little kids (and their parents) were thrilled to be able to pet a pony and give a carrot to a horse.

"If we'd known we were going to be so popular, we would have offered pony rides," said MMHPA officer Linda Arnold.

Two sisters who had moseyed down from the Indian side of things and whose names MMHPA organizers never learned, even beat out 28 other contestants to win the water balloon contest that took place during the show's lunch break.

A horse show dad, Jerry Bush, of Whispering Pines Stables, fattened his wallet by $70 when his was the lucky number pulled for the 50-50 contest.

Another highlight of the day was the Pairs Class. In this class, pairs of English or Western horses must walk, trot, turn and back up together.

The mother-son pair of Sharon and Jason Wiles from Uniontown rode off with the blue ribbon in this class. Sharon was aboard her young Appaloosa gelding The Rio Grand and Jason rode his accomplished Palomino gelding Impressive Robert.

The Wiles have ridden in this class at several MMHPA shows and always do well, even though Jason -- who was Youth Western champion at this show -- admits to not practicing anything special for this class between shows.

"They judge us on how the horses stay together and how they move," Jason said. "My horse has a nice trot -- that is his best thing. The worst thing is when he gets a little stubborn."

"I think the hardest thing is just to keep them side by side," Sharon said. "They are not used to doing that. Turning together ** is pretty hard, too. They want to come in on each other."

Despite the difficulties in this class, it is Sharon's favorite. "This is really a lot of fun," she said. "It's a new challenge, and it means I get to ride with my son."

Barrel racing

Don't forget the Open Walk-Trot Barrel Race at the weekend's Maryland Western Horse Show Association show at the Howard County Fairgrounds. This should be a blast for everyone.

Results

Mid-Maryland Horse and Pony Association Show, July 18 -- Speed Division A Champion: Michelle Stowers on Rajun Cajun; Reserve Champion: George Kerley on Pleaser. Speed B Champion: Carey Fish on Butterscotch. Speed Y Champion: No entries. Speed W/T Champion: (tie) Ashley Atkins on Lacey Jay and Dustin Wiles on The Rio Grand. Western Performance A Champion: Michele Culp on Used To Be A Dandy; Reserve Champion: (tie) Kristy Naill on Mity Grand Dandy and Sandy Weinreich on Don's Expertise. Western Performance B Champion: Sarah Hurdel on The Shining.

Reserve Champion: Jason Hartner on Jolly. Western Performance Y Champion: Jason Wiles on Impressive Robert; Reserve Champion: Amanda Naillon Lins Dashin Dandy. Western Performance W/T Champion: Samantha Collins on Reynolds Smoke; Reserve Champion: Renata Ramonda on Ima Better Vailey. Western Performance Leadline/Walk Champion: Jessica Strain on Shawns Wise Sham; Reserve Champion: Lauren Wiczulis on Don's Expertise. Novice Division Champion: Barbara Trum on Sand Bar Fathom.

Reserve Champion: Warren Cook on Skips Rip Cord. English Performance A Champion: Tammy Grieve on Blue Ice; Reserve Champion: Sandy Weinreich on Don's Expertise. English Performance B Champion: Tyler Lasher on Whispering Pines Just My Style; Reserve Champion: Jennifer Uebel on Black Intimidator. English Performance Y Champion: Julie McCutcheon on Whispering Pines Just My Style; Reserve Champion: Amanda Naill on Lins Dashin Dandy.

English Performance W/T Champion: Renata Ramonda on 2T Poco Gray; Reserve Champion: (tie) Lauren Yalich on The Grand Slam and Jenna Yalich on Smokey's Sleepy. English Leadline/Walk Champion: Laura Wiczulis on April Sweetheart; Reserve Champion: Kristin Arbaugh on Giget.

Calendar

July 31 -- Maryland State Quarter Horse Association English/Western show. Judge: Kathleen Squier. Howard County Fairgrounds. (410) 465-3424.

July 31 -- Cross Country Schooling Day. Ships Quarters Farm, Westminster. Sponsored by Carrollton Hounds. (410) 848-3192.

July 31 -- Educational Clinic. Running Fox Farm, Westminster. $15 fee. (410) 857-9760.

Aug. 1 -- Maryland Western Horse Association Show. Howard County Fairgrounds. (410) 489-7134.

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