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Open Horse Show - Good schooling for horse and rider

Adora Sage, 17, of Live Oak brought her quarter horse gelding that was a stallion up until about three years ago and had never been worked with until that. He remained calm performing the various tasks through the obstacle courses. It was evident he trusted his rider as she swung the lasso over his head, shown in the above photo. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

The Suwannee Young Riders 4-H Club hosted an open horse show at the Suwannee County Agricultural Coliseum, Bob Holmes Covered Arena in Live Oak last Saturday. Young riders and adults participated in the event. Some brought their green horses in an attempt to get them acclimated to an arena, obstacles and working with other horses. Some came with seasoned horses to help get the young/green riders familiar with what is expected at a horse show.

Suwannee Young Riders 4-H Club Leader Junie Wood has been working with horses for 34 years and has been volunteering with Suwannee County 4-H for the past eight years and said there were approximately twenty horses at the show and four judges were there for the various events. She added there are around thirty kids in the Young Riders Club all together in Suwannee.

This beautiful Palomino pony ridden by Henry Crackel of Lake City stole everyone’s hearts. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

“Many use the open shows before they go to a sanctioned show. They are low-key and used for schooling for them and their horses,” Wood stated. The 4-H kids who were not riding helped out with other things as Kindal Simpkins can attest to. She was the runner for the day and has been the 4-H president for the past three years. She spent her day helping the four judges and making sure they had everything they needed.

Although 71 classes were listed on the show bill, some classes were ultimately combined or canceled. But it gave participants a wide array of choices from halter classes, western and english, various hunter classes to trail and obstacle courses.

Grand Halter was won by Beverly Morgan of Live Oak with her horse Chocolate Chip Percy, Reserve Halter and High Point went to Dawn Holler of McAlpin.

Two more open shows are scheduled for May 19 and June 26. Anyone wanting more information may contact Junie Wood at 386-658-6460 or by email,

Trail Judge Christine Dodd has been judging with Equine Trail Sports for a couple years and was glad to volunteer for the 4-H event for the day. Dodd said it is a worthy cause and the people that asked her to do this are great volunteers at the Sheriff’s Youth Ranch where she works in Human Resources.
-SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

L-R, Dana Fout riding Koi, Deanna Fout riding Nova.
-SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

From Rocking The Dots, Terri Nutter of McAlpin on an American Sugarbush Harlequin Draft horse. This was only her fourth time under saddle and Nutter was pleased with her performance.
-SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

Beverly Morgan of Live Oak with her horse Chocolate Chip Percy.
-SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

Tom Nutter took this six month old American Sugarbush Harlequin Draft filly through the obstacle course. The Nutters said she will keep her spots. -Photo by Terri Nutter