Poles, barrels and keyholes: Riders and their mounts are put to the test

August 04, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

In a thick cloud of dust, Pretty Boy-Ed rounded the corner and sped off around the ring, working off some pent-up energy.

"That was quite an ending," judge Tom Smith called to Charlene Strunk, winner of the senior class pole bending race at the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair yesterday. "You were kicking up gravel all over the place."

For 14-year-old Charlene, one of seven participants in the Western horse and pony show speed division, the race was a bit nerve-racking.

"Look at me, I'm shaking like a leaf," she told her mother and other well-wishers after she dismounted Pretty Boy-Ed, who helped her win second in the barrel and keyhole races, and the reserve championship in the senior class.

The contest was one of several events yesterday at the fair, which continues until 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ag Center in Westminster.

Featured events today will include beef fitting and showing at 9:30 a.m., karaoke and a mule pull at 7 p.m., and a dairy goat milk-out at 9:30 p.m., at which visitors can learn to milk a goat.

Entrance to the fair is free.

"I didn't know that kids were allowed to do that," a young spectator said yesterday, motioning to 10-year-old Samuel Caltrider and his pony, Cherokee.

The pair placed third in the junior class barrel race, second in pole bending and third in keyhole.

Keyhole is an event in which riders race their horses into a diagram shaped like a keyhole, turn their horses around and race back out without touching the lines.

Samuel took junior reserve champion in the entire contest.

The big winners overall were the Emerick sisters, Julie, 13, and Jennifer, 15. The girls got the most out of their horses as they led them around barrels and poles and through the keyhole course.

Julie, riding Silver, took first in the junior barrel race, pole bending and keyhole. She also took champion for the junior class.

Jennifer and her mount, Thunder, took first in the senior barrel race, second in pole bending and first in the keyhole. She received the champion award for the senior class.

Other winners in the speed division yesterday were:

* Erin Herman, 10, riding Firefly, took first in all events in the novice class and received the champion novice award.

* Renata Ramonda, 12, won second place in the junior barrel race and fourth in pole bending and keyhole with her horse, SS Leo Bar Two.

* Alissa Butler, 9, and her horse, Dusty, captured fourth place in the junior barrel race, third in the pole bending and second in keyhole.

The English horse and pony show is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.

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