Fair week can often mean a never-ending flow of events for all those who participate. Although it is something that most look forward to, the workload can often mean only that: work. That’s why the Equine Board hosted the Musical Freestyle event Wednesday evening at the Coughlin Auto Arena.
The event, which featured a variety of participants, showcased an expression in personality for the horse riders. “This is something fun people can do aside from showing,” said Samantha Shuler, the Equine Key Leader. “It’s something people signed up for and isn’t required. It is just a way to do something fun and creative.”
Riders submitted their costume ideas, music, patterns and maneuvers which the judges then watched for as they performed. Judgments were based on creativity, originality and how well each rider or group stuck to their submitted routine.
There were a number of individual riders including Emma Weller who was the first winner of the Freestyle Musical event, riding in the Novice Division.
Gracie Stingle took first in the 8-13 Age Division riding to “The Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks.
Calista Wallace, a rider in the 14-18 Age Division, took second place with her performance. She rode along to the song, “Jesus, Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood and dedicated the ride to Teresa Estep.
The event was capped off by a performance by Joy Fetherolf, Hope Fetherolf, Grace Blust and Amanda Blust, riding along to Imagine Dragons’ “Believer.” Each pair, wearing sets of pink and teal costumes, ended the performance with a reveal of the word, “Believer,” written on the horses’ backs.
Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.