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2016 Annual Firecracker Special Horse Show

Gary Franklin

The Ripley County segment of the annual two day Firecracker Special Horse Show was held Sunday, July 3, under less than ideal conditions due to continual aggravating rain showers falling on competitors. The annual event opened at Greensburg at Decatur Fairgrounds Horse arena on Saturday, July 2, under clear skies with very warm temperatures, and not a cloud in the sky. (See more details on page 5 of the Osgood Journal.)

Nevaeh Slaughter with her horseGARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
With guidance, an extremely busy young lady, Nevaeh Slaughter, pictured above, works to position one of her three entries during the rain soaking July 3 annual Ripley County Firecracker Special Horse Show for the judge to review.

Phase two at the Ripley County Fairgrounds Horse facility in Osgood, found just the opposite, and the normally well attended event found a sparse crowd with just 19 willing to face the weather with hopes of it clearing up, which it did not, until the final event was over. The show provides 4-Hers an opportunity to tune up their skills prior to fair competitions, especially Decatur County 4-Hers as their fair begins on Monday July 4, with horse shows during the week wrapping up on Saturday, July 9, as well as open adult non-4-Hers, able to compete as well. Many classes had no entrant due to the weather and were therefore skipped, shortening the day which opened near the 9 a.m. hour and wrapped up shortly after noon.

Despite the weather, smiling faces and pride in competitiveness was exhibited. It becomes more evident that it takes a lot to get true horse people down, other than an injury to the animal. There seems to be a nobleness among them to help and support each other, while competing at the same time.

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