Stacy Ollenberger is the Show Manager for the event. She says the show is suppose to be a fun event for first time riders.
“Our show is more like a school show, so we have a lot of young riders, or riders that have never shown before, so we try to give them some feedback so that they can improve their riding,” she says. “We try to make it a fun show, and today is English, so right now we’re doing English flat classes, and then later on we’ll be doing the jumper.”
She says despite having a small turn 0ut for this year’s event, the riders and volunteers help make it a success.
“We have a small show this year, we kind of picked a bad weekend, there are a few other things going on,” she says. “Even if we have small numbers, we have great people that come, so it’s a relaxed and fun atmosphere.”
The aims to tell riders the reasoning behind their placing at the event, so they know what to focus on as they improve their skills on a horse.
“We typically try to get judges here who will give positive criticism, so help them, and tell them why they placed where they placed,” Ollenberger states. “So if they placed lower, they’ll tell them what to work on to improve their placings for next year, which is a good thing because some shows you go to, you get judged, and they don’t tell you why you’re judged that way.”
Ollenberger also notes that the community support for the show has been great, and that there would be no event without them. Day two continues tomorrow with western classes, with the events getting underway at 9 a.m.