A busy fair schedule caused some delays at the Coughlin Auto Arena on Wednesday during the Equine Board’s Donkey Show. However, despite having to bounce back and forth from one event to another, the participants were still able to snag some ribbons and trophies.
The newly built arena, made possible by donations from a variety of supporters including the County Commissioners, comfortably housed the expansive event. Participants were able to practice in the fenced-off end section of the arena before entering into the fresh dirt of the large show area.
The event was judged by Kay Tracy, a veteran of the fair circuit and approved by the North American Saddle Mule Association.
The event began as a simple presentation of animals which Tracy examined and then awarded. This was followed by an increasingly physical competition that ranged from guiding the animals around a track of obstacles to leading the animals in jumping over mounted bars.
First up as a group event class was the Donkey Halter. More than a dozen participants led their animals around the ring, but the event’s winner was Breanne Poppelwell.
The Spotted Color Class and Solid Color Class were won by Jabril Husein and Gracie Stingle, respectively. Husein also took first in the Trail Lead Line, ages 8-13, and In-Hand Jumping, ages 8-13.
In the Trail Lead Line, ages 14-18, Colin Slone was named first place, edging out Poppelwell who came in second. Dean Harris was the first place winner for the Coon Jump of 36 inches and under, ages 8-13, and Danie Straty took top honors in the In-Hand Jumping, ages 14-18.
Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.