Homer Alaska - Sports

Story last updated at 3:39 PM on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Horse show features fun, sportsmanship, safety

By Lindsay Johnson
Staff Writer


Photo by Zen Kelly

A young rider competes in the Peninsula Fun Horse Show at Cottonwood Horse Park last Saturday. Nearly 30 equestrians participated in the event, which raised more than $1,200 for Cottonwood Horse Park.

To the delight of nearly 150 spectators at Cottonwood Horse Park last Saturday, the 3rd Annual Peninsula Fun Horse Show boasted nearly 30 equestrians and wonderful weather.

"It was just one of those gorgeous days," said Kachemak Equestrian Association president Roberta Highland.

Riders from Homer, Kasilof, Sterling, Soldotna and Nikiski demonstrated skills in Western and English styles. Western classes included halter (what the horse looks like) and trail (obstacle) while English classes included equitation (how the horse moves with a rider) and jumping. All entrants in the small fry division received a blue ribbon.

"These shows stress good horsemanship and safety and it showed in the professionalism and sportsmanship of all the contestants, young and old," Chris Day, one of the event organizers, wrote in an email.

Kachemak Bay Equestrian Association sponsored the show, which raised more than $1,200 for Cottonwood Horse Park. The association is working to raise $75,000 more to pay off the park, which it began to develop five years ago.

Clinics and lessons are ongoing at Cottonwood Horse Park. The last show in the Peninsula Fun Show Series will be held in Ninilchik July 30. For more information about the Kachemak Equestrian Association, visit www.kbayequestrian.org or call Roberta at 235-8214.