It was only her second year showing horses, but a 12-year-old from Mount Sterling has already taken the top prize.
Alyson Petee won first place overall in the horse showmanship contest Monday at the Madison County Jr. Fair Horse Show. She will be a seventh grader at Madison-Plains Junior High this fall.
Petee has been in 4-H for three years, and also was a Cloverbud. But, it was her grandmother, Sue Havens of Mount Sterling, who inspired her equine passion.
“I always wanted to show horses when I was little,” Petee said.
Havens made it possible.
“My grandmother showed horses when she was in 4-H,” Petee added. “I’m the only other one in the family.”
Havens helped attain Sophie, a 14-year-old quarter horse, for Petee.
Petee described Sophie as “friendly.”
“It’s really rare for her to act up,” she added. The two did not have difficulty navigating the pattern determined by the judge.
Petee admitted that at first she didn’t want to win the competition at such a young age, because that meant the goal would be met rather quickly — maybe too quickly.
“I told my dad I didn’t want to win it this young,” she said. “But now I’m glad I did.”
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