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Ponies and parasols

4-H Horse Fair draws 240 equestrians


by: RAY HUGHEY - Alexis Knight, of Molalla, takes her mini horse, Timmy, through his paces in hand trail competition at the 4-H Horse Show at the Clackamas Event Center.The more than 240 participants entered in horse fair this week are looking forward to a fun week despite the challenges of working around the recent demolition of the livestock barn.Parasol in hand, Donna Sullivan, of Troutdale, leads Lightning, the pony her granddaughter, Alison Hartman, will show in the 4-H Horse Fair at the Clackamas County Event Center.“There are some additional challenges being completely outside, especially with the heat we’re facing this week,” said OSU Extension faculty Wendy Hein.

“But as long as everyone drinks lots of water and is patient, horses and 4Hers should stay healthy and have a great time.”

The 4-H Horse Fair began Friday night and runs through this Saturday, with competitions for grades 4-12 in dressage, driving, trail, gaming, and other events.

But staff and students alike have had to display flexibility while working around the fairgrounds.

In the past, the horse fair occupied the livestock building, the Box Barn and Ely Arena, none of which are available due to construction

“We’ve had to come up with a couple of alternate plans with how we’re running our horse fair this year,” said Cheryl Richardson, of Sandy, makes some last-minute adjustments to the hair of her daughter, Avalon Kelly, before dressage competition.OSU Extension secretary Kelly Redwine.

“With equipment going in and out of there, its safer for the youth and the horses, it’s safer that they be away from there.”

Events have been moved to the rodeo arena and there are no covered stables for the horses to stay in on site.

But Redwine expressed appreciation to the fairgrounds staff, who have tried to make everything go as smoothly as possible.

“It’s certainly been a crazy year,” Hein said. “We’ve known for a few months that there were going to be uncertainties and we planned for that. All my volunteers who run the show have been very flexible and have gone above and beyond to be ready for anything.” Alison Weatherly, of Wilsonville, puts Willow, her 14-year-old thoroughbred through his dressage paces.



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