Walk-trot experience shows novice riders rules of the ring

EQUESTRIAN

August 29, 1993|By MUPHEN WHITNEY

Vicki Bazan of Saddleview Ranch near Ijamsville characterized last weekend's walk-trot show as "a place to get new riders and new horses out for some experience in the show ring."

That philosophy was amply demonstrated by 11-year-old Linsey Yetter and her 17-year-old partner, Mr. Raider G, a sorrel American quarter horse.

Linsey, who is in her first year of showing, took home a clutch of ribbons in the Novice Rider Under 15 division.

The young Western rider finished second, third and fourth in the walk-trot and walk-trot-canter classes in that division. She then took a deep breath and entered the All Day Pleasure Walk/Trot class (along with every other horse and rider on the grounds.)

There was formidable competition from the more than 20 horse and rider pairs in this class.

Men, women, boys and girls of all ages rode beginner and veteran horses to show judge Jessica Robbins how pleasant their horses were to ride all day long out on the trails.

Linsey and Raider earned a fourth-place ribbon (actually, a mug at Saddleview) with their pleasant performance.

"He does everything good" is how Linsey summed up Raider's performance. "He always tries hard, with all his heart and soul. He loves to show and he's very smooth to ride. You don't even know you're on a horse."

Mr. Raider G's smooth gaits are what attracted Debbie Yetter to the gelding more than 10 years ago.

"I've had him since he was 7 years old," Yetter said. "I loved his gaits. He goes like a Cadillac. He's a great show horse so I kept him to teach Linsey."

Linsey's dad, Gordon, is also a horseman. In fact, he's a farrier -- a very handy person to have around a barn.

"This is definitely a family affair," Gordon Yetter said of showing. "We look on it as a day's outing of fun."

Before the fun, though, comes the work.

"It's our deal that I keep my room clean and clean three stalls so I can go to shows," said Linsey, a sixth-grader at New Market School.

"She's never had to miss a show because she didn't get her work done," Debbie Yetter said.

Linsey said, "I like doing my chores because then I know I'll get to go to a show. And I like showing because my horse is so much fun."

When Linsey isn't showing or cleaning stalls her favorite thing still has to do with horses.

"I invite a friend over and we play cowboys -- with our horses," said Linsey, who only began riding seriously two years ago.

Calendar of events

Tuesday -- Closing date for Carrollton Hounds Horse Trials. Call Bob Shirley at (410) 848-3192.

Wednesday -- Severn Valley Stables Twilight Shows. Dressage, Combined Tests, Clear Round Stadium competition. Judge: Cathy Tucker-Slaterbeck. Arnold. (410) 757-1971.

Saturday -- Jousting Tournament, Paul J. Cotter Memorial, Adamstown. (301) 607-4005.

Sept. 4-5 -- Howard County Horse Show Association Point Show. Frederick Pony Club Grounds, Ijamsville. (410) 781-7662.

Sept. 5 -- Howard County Youth Horse Show. Schooley Mill Park, Hall Shop Road, Highland. Judge: Cindy Lytle. (410) 531-2370.

Sept. 5 -- Polo match, Labor Day Weekend Celebration Cup, Ladew Polo Fields. (410) 557-6448.

Sept. 7 -- Carroll County Equestrian Council meeting. East Middle School, Longwell Avenue, Westminster. (410) 833-4593.

Sept. 11 -- Horse organization exhibits, Leisure Expo, Cranberry Mall, Westminster. (410) 857-2103.

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