Callan Pugh/News Madison Ruhl and her horse, Faith participate in barrel racing at the Fredericktown Saddle Club’s Fun Show, Wednesday. Request this photo
Callan Pugh/News Brianna Myers, 6, and her horse Hugs come in for a fast finish in the pee-wee barrels competition at the Fredericktown Saddle Club’s Fun Show, Wednesday. Request this photo
Callan Pugh/News Rylie Clevenger, left, rides her horse Tinker Bell in the Lead-In competition at the Fredericktown Saddle Club’s Fun Show for participants 8 years and under Wednesday. Leading Tinker Bell is Rylie’s mom, Leesha Clevenger. Request this photo
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FREDERICKTOWN — Each Wednesday evening during the summer, a community comes together to enjoy the company of friends and family, a passion for horses and perhaps a bite to eat at the Fredericktown Saddle Club Fun Show.
The Fun Shows have been going on at the Fredericktown Arena, 17367-17467 Waterford Road, for years, according to Betty Horn, one of the club’s organizers. The tradition has spanned her family for four generations, starting with her mother and continuing with her daughter and grandchildren. Horn fixes food each week for the food stand, which is worked by club members.
The food stand and nominal entry fees are the only income that the club brings in from the events, according to Horn’s daughter, Debbie Rardin. Rardin explained that the shows are open to participants age 2 and up, but noted that many participants are 4-H aged, 8 to 18.
Participants compete in a variety of classes including barrel racing; stake and bend, where contestants weave in and out of cones; poles; flags showmanship; walk-trot; Western and English Pleasure, in which the horse’s form is evaluated; and Western Horsemanship and English equitation, in which the rider’s form is evaluated.