Horse events labors of love


Delaware County Jr. Fair

By Lenny C. Lepola - newsguy@ee.net



Each year the Delaware County Fair Junior Fair Horse Show opens with a Saturday evening Parade of Colors. Members of 4-H Clubs participating in the four days of equestrian events enter the Junior Fair Equestrian Arena displaying club flags and banners. It was raining Sat. 17, but folks who ride horses ride in all weathers. Leading this year’s parade were, from left, Aimee Dill of Successful Strides 4-H Club carrying the American Flag, and Clara Selle of Barrels Rails & Such 4-H Club. Not show is Alexis Poultin of Delaware Trailblazers 4-H Club carrying the 4-H Flag.


Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club is the oldest equestrian 4-H club in Delaware County, and typically takes home more than its fair share of ribbons, plaques, and other prizes during each year’s Delaware County Junior Fair Horse Show. Front row, from left, are Joel Bauman, Tara Shuster, Kason Knapp, Lena Bauman, Olivia Cardi, Dylon Delany, Jocie Cardi; back row, from left, are Jessica Haynes, Emma Haynes, Madison Laughery, Kelly Kreager, Kody Knapp, Lily Bauman, Lauren Thiergartner, Anton Delany, and Maura Flanagan.


From left, JJ’s E-Z Riders 4-H Club President Megan Kirsop and JJ’s club members Hannah Rex ands Ashley Kiger with ribbons and plaques earned by their club at the 2016 Delaware County Junior Fair Horse Show.


It’s noted in The Sunbury News each year following the Delaware County fair, but it cannot be said often enough, 4-H and FFA County Fair Equestrian projects can be expensive and are often thankless pursuits.

Exhibitors spend years growing into their sport, honing skills, and training animals.

But once they arrive at the fair, there’s no huge crowd cheering them on, just family and friends. Exhibitors don’t go home with thousands of dollars in their pockets from selling project animals at Market Sale; and the day after the fair is over, they still have horses to feed and groom and train and clean up after.

All of that said, most equestrian exhibitors would tell you that their game is a labor of love and all the time and energy and money invested in equestrian project animals is a small price to pay for the mostly intangible rewards they receive in return.

While the number of equestrian exhibitors has decreased, this year was a typical year at the Delaware County Fair for 4-H and FFA members at the fairground’s Main 4-H Equestrian Show Ring. Other than a light rain at the beginning of Saturday’s Parade of Colors, the weather was near perfect. There were the usual family members, friends, and a few casual spectators stopping on their way to and from the parking lots, and the business inside the show ring was serious.

With horse projects, unlike other fair animals that are judged for fitness for market, equestrian judges rate how Junior Fair Horse Show exhibitors present animals during English and Western horse and pony events.

Each year the Delaware County Fair Junior Fair Horse Show opens with a Saturday evening Parade of Colors. Members of 4-H Clubs participating in the four days of equestrian events enter the Junior Fair Equestrian Arena displaying club flags and banners. It was raining Sat. 17, but folks who ride horses ride in all weathers. Leading this year’s parade were, from left, Aimee Dill of Successful Strides 4-H Club carrying the American Flag, and Clara Selle of Barrels Rails & Such 4-H Club. Not show is Alexis Poultin of Delaware Trailblazers 4-H Club carrying the 4-H Flag.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2016/09/web1_DCF-91716-1167.b-1.jpg Each year the Delaware County Fair Junior Fair Horse Show opens with a Saturday evening Parade of Colors. Members of 4-H Clubs participating in the four days of equestrian events enter the Junior Fair Equestrian Arena displaying club flags and banners. It was raining Sat. 17, but folks who ride horses ride in all weathers. Leading this year’s parade were, from left, Aimee Dill of Successful Strides 4-H Club carrying the American Flag, and Clara Selle of Barrels Rails & Such 4-H Club. Not show is Alexis Poultin of Delaware Trailblazers 4-H Club carrying the 4-H Flag.

Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club is the oldest equestrian 4-H club in Delaware County, and typically takes home more than its fair share of ribbons, plaques, and other prizes during each year’s Delaware County Junior Fair Horse Show. Front row, from left, are Joel Bauman, Tara Shuster, Kason Knapp, Lena Bauman, Olivia Cardi, Dylon Delany, Jocie Cardi; back row, from left, are Jessica Haynes, Emma Haynes, Madison Laughery, Kelly Kreager, Kody Knapp, Lily Bauman, Lauren Thiergartner, Anton Delany, and Maura Flanagan.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2016/09/web1_DCF-SHS-095.a.jpg Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club is the oldest equestrian 4-H club in Delaware County, and typically takes home more than its fair share of ribbons, plaques, and other prizes during each year’s Delaware County Junior Fair Horse Show. Front row, from left, are Joel Bauman, Tara Shuster, Kason Knapp, Lena Bauman, Olivia Cardi, Dylon Delany, Jocie Cardi; back row, from left, are Jessica Haynes, Emma Haynes, Madison Laughery, Kelly Kreager, Kody Knapp, Lily Bauman, Lauren Thiergartner, Anton Delany, and Maura Flanagan.

From left, JJ’s E-Z Riders 4-H Club President Megan Kirsop and JJ’s club members Hannah Rex ands Ashley Kiger with ribbons and plaques earned by their club at the 2016 Delaware County Junior Fair Horse Show.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2016/09/web1_DCF-JJsA-050.a.jpg From left, JJ’s E-Z Riders 4-H Club President Megan Kirsop and JJ’s club members Hannah Rex ands Ashley Kiger with ribbons and plaques earned by their club at the 2016 Delaware County Junior Fair Horse Show.
Delaware County Jr. Fair

By Lenny C. Lepola

newsguy@ee.net

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.