Madee Cluck makes a swift turn the pole bending event during the Gymkhana classes of the 2018 Fair Horse Show. Photo by Ashley Grogan

Riders flaunt talent, skill at 2018 Fair Horse Show

Equestrians and horse-enthusiasts alike were enchanted at the Lassen County Fair Horse Show July 19 and July 20.

This year’s horse show included events from classes such as English, Gymkhana, Halter, Western and Performance.

The English classes opened the annual horse show on July 19 with English Pleasure capturing audience members to start. The next event was English Equitation followed by English Command, Hunter Hack, Working Hunter and Versatility. Finally, the Pee Wee English Pleasure Leadline finished off the English classes with the exception of the English Pleasure Jackpot.

High point results for the English classes included a Champion and Reserve Champion for the three age divisions.

For the 12 years and younger division, the Champion title was awarded to Gracie Sherrick and horse CC Lenas Sugar Smoke. Reserve Champion was Andi Anderson-Nelson and horse Sin.

For the 13- through 17-year-old division, Dyllan Bond and horse Skips Johnny Walker were named Champion. Reserve Champion was Ally Reid and horse Shasta Bar Peppy.

For the 18 years and older division, the Champion was Lisa Bernal and horse Im Soc. Debi Michaels and horse Grey Flannel PJs were named Reserve Champion.

English Pleasure saw first-place finishes from Gracie Sherrick, Madeline Wilson and Debi Michaels for the 12 years and younger, 13- through 17-year-old and the 18 years and older divisions, respectively.

Second place for the 12 years and younger division went to Anderson-Nelson. Jacey Mahenski earned third place.

For the 13- through 17-year-old division, Bond earned second place and Reid took third.

As for the 18 years and older division, Bernal earned second place and Melissa Michaels earned third.

For the 12 years and younger English Equitation division, Jacey Mahenski took first, Anderson-Nelson earned second place and Gracie Sherrick took third place.

The 13- through 17-year-old division of English Equitation saw a first place finish from Wilson, second place from Bond and third place from Reid.

Jaiden Mahenski and horse Sandy perform with grace and
poise during the English Classes of the 2018 Fair Horse Show. Photo by Jacob Erwin

For the 18 years and older English Equitation division, Bernal earned first place, Debi Michaels earned second and Melissa Micheals earned third place.

English Command saw first place finishes from 12 years and younger division rider Gracie Sherrick, 13- through 17-year-old division rider Bond and 18 years and older division rider Bernal.

Second-place riders included Anderson-Nelson for the 12 years and younger division, Wilson for the 13- through 17-year-old division and Debi Michaels for the 18 years and older division.

Third place was awarded to Jacye Mahenski for the 12 years and younger division, Reid for the 13- through 17-year-old division and Melissa Michaels for the 18 years and older division.

The Hunter Hack event only saw participants from the 13- through 17-year-old division. First place was awarded to Bond and Reid earned second place.

Similarly, Working Hunter also only saw participants from the 13- through 17-year-old division. This time Reid took first and Bond earned second.

Versatility saw Bond and Reid place yet again, this time with Bond back in first place and Reid taking second for the 13- through 17-year-old division.

For the Pee Wee English Pleasure Leadline, Paisley Sherrick and horse Twinkle Toes stole the show and earned the gold.

Winners of the English Pleasure Jackpot were Debi Michaels in first, Wilson in second, Bernal in third and Melissa Michaels taking fourth place.

With the English classes complete, fans of the 2018 Fair Horse Show were delighted to see Gymkhana classes taking over the arena during the evening of July 19.

Gymkhana events included Cloverleaf Barrels, Pole Bending, Single Stake, Birangle and Big T.

Just like the English classes, each event of the Gymkhana classes was divided into three age groups: 12 years and younger, 13- through 17-year-old and 18 years and older.

High Point Gymkhana Champions were Jaiden Mahenski and horse Sandy for the 12 years and younger division, Cooper Albaugh and horse Blackie for the 13- through 17-year-old division and Kerston Fleter and horse Sanita for the 18 years and older division.

High Point Gymkhana Reserve Champions were Ashley Adams and horse Snapple for the 12 years and younger division, Bond and horse Diamond for the 13- through 17-year-old division and Aimee Boulade and horse Nic It Peppy Wiskey for the 18 years and older division.

Dawn Hershberger rides with focus and grace during the barrel racing event during the 2018 Fair Horse Show Gymkhana classes. Photo by Ashley Grogan

The Cloverleaf Barrels saw first-place finishes from Adams for the 12 years and younger division, Cooper Albaugh for the 13- through 17-year-old division and Fletcher for the 18 years and older division.

For the 12 years and younger division, Jaiden Mahenski earned second place, Brooke Sobol took third, Nelson-Anderson earned fourth, Olivia Carlson took fifth place, Danielle Ware earned sixth and Gracie Sherrick earned seventh place.

For the 13- through 17-year-old division, Bond took second place, Kaycee Anderson earned third, Madee Cluck earned fourth and Kassidie Fitts took fifth place.

For the 18 years and older division, Whitlow earned second lace and Boulade earned third.

Winners for the Cloverleaf Barrels Jackpot included Veronica Kern with first place, Cheyenne Hammons with second, Katie Wemple with third, Dawn Hershberger with fourth, Jaiden Mahenski with fifth, Carlson with sixth and Cooper Albaugh with seventh.

The Pole Bending event saw first-place finishes from Hammons in the 12 years and younger division, Bond for the 13- through 17-year-old division and Whitlow for the 18 years and older division.

Second place for the 12 years and younger division of Pole Bending was Adams. Gracie Sherrick earned third, Jaiden Mahenski earned fourth place and Anderson-Nelson earned fifth.

For the 13- through 17-year-old division, Kaycee Anderson earned second place, Cooper Albaugh earned third and Madee Cluck took fourth.

As for the 18 years and older division of the Pole Bending event, Fletcher earned second place, Hershberger took third and Boulade took fourth place.

The Pole Bending Jackpot winners included Kern with first place, Whitlow with second place, Jaiden Mahenski with third place and Cooper Albaugh with fourth place.

For the Single Stake 12 years and younger division, Adams earned first place. Jaiden Mahenski took second, Carlson earned third place, Ware took fourth, Sobol earned fifth place and Anderson-Nelson took sixth.

In the 13- through 17-year-old division of the Single Stake event, Cooper Albaugh took first place, Bond earned second, Kaycee Anderson earned third, Madee Cluck took fourth place and Fitts earned fifth.

First place for the Single Stake 18 years and older division went to Fletcher. Second place went to Whitlow, third to Boulade and fourth place to Hershberger.

As for the Birangle 12 years and younger division, Carlson took first place, Jaiden Mahenski earned second, Ware took third, Sobol took fourth, Reid earned fifth place, Gracie Sherrick earned sixth, Anderson-Nelson earned seventh, Kenny Johnson earned eighth place and Alexis Mitchell took ninth.

Cooper Albaugh earned first place for the Birangle 13- through 17-year-old division. Bond followed with second place, Kaycee Anderson with third, Madee Cluck with fourth, Fitts with fifth and Katie Sharp with sixth place.

In the 18 years and older division for the Birangle, Fletcher earned first place, Whitlow earned second, Hershberger took third place and Boulade took fourth.

The Big T saw first-place finishes from Jaiden Mahenski for the 12 years and younger division, Kaycee Anderson for the 13- through 17-year-old division and Fletcher for the 18 years and older division.

For the 12 years and younger division, Reid earned second place, Gracie Sherrick took third, Macey Mitchell earned fourth and Anderson-Nelson earned fifth place.

Cooper Albaugh earns third place for the 13- through 17-year-old division of the Pole Bending event. Photo by Ashley Grogan

In the 13- through 17-year-old division, second place went to Cooper Albaugh, third to Bond and fourth to Sharp.

As for the 18 years and older division, Hershberger earned second place and Boulade earned third.

The Fair Horse Show continued to entertain and impress spectators on July 20, beginning with the Halter classes.

The Overall Lassen County Fair Halter Champion was awarded to Mike Grider and horse Tuf N Up Cowgirl. Reserve Halter Champion was Kelley Culver and horse Just Inclination.

The Halter classes started things off with the ponies and miniature horses division. First place went to Jacey Mahenski and horse Pebbles.

Next to take the stage were the Halter Geldings.

The Champion Gelding was awarded to Culver and horse Just Inclination. Reserve Champion was Kindle Harkness and horse Chexolena Badgerboon.

For the AQHA and APHA Geldings division, Culver earned first place, Harkness took second, Gracie Sherrick earned third and Cooper Albaugh earned fourth place.

For the other breeds of Geldings division, Schroeder earned first place, Leona Parker earned second, Jorden Mahenski took third place and Jacey Mahenski earned fourth.

Halter Mares were next in the spotlight.

The Champion Mare was awarded to Grider and horse Tuf N Up Cowgirl. Reserve Champion Mare was Adams with horse Snapple.

For the AQHA and APHA Halter Mares, Grider took first, Karma Swanson earned second place, Elizabeth Landoski took third, Denise Solem earned fourth and Michelle Brown placed fifth.

For the other breeds of Mares division, Schroeder earned first place and Adams earned second.

Ranch Horse Halter took the arena next with a total of 16 horses in the class overall.

First place was awarded to Grider. Gail Bloxham placed second, Shroeder earned third, Nonny Largent took fourth and Harkness placed fifth.

The Halter classes finished up with Showmanship.

For the Pee Wee Showmanship division, in which participants are 8-years-old or younger, Lacy Hay earned first place, Brylee Leslie earned second place and Hailee Hay earned third.

In the 9- through 12-year-old division, Wilson took first place, Jacey Mahenski earned second, Gracie Sherrick earned third and Anderson-Nelson earned fourth.

For the 13- through 17-year-old division, Jenna Welker earned first place, Landowski earned second, Adams took third place and Harkness placed fourth.

As for the 18 years and older division, Swanson earned first place, Culver placed second, Denise Solem earned third and Parker took fourth place.

Once the Halter Classes were complete, Western Classes took the limelight.

The High Point Western Horse Champion for the 12 years and younger division was Alexander Van Meter with horse Zirox. The Co-Reserve Champions for the 12 years and younger division were Anderson-Nelson with horse Sin and Gracie Sherrick with horse Cc Lenas Sugar Smo.

The High Point Western Horse Champion for the 13- through 17-year-old division was Welker with horse Rios Iron Man. The Reserve Champion was Wilson with horse Sierra Verde Leo.

Kenny Johnson and horse Rowdy weave through the poles during the 12 years and younger division of Pole Bending July 19. Photo by Ashley Grogan

The High Point Western Horse Champion for the 18 years and older division was Swanson with horse Sweet Assets. The Reserve Champion was Denise Solem with horse Tic Tacs N Cash.

Western Horsemanship first-place finishes went to Alexander Van Meter for the 12 years and younger division, Jacob Van Meter for the 13- through 17-year-old division and Swanson for the 18 years and older division.

For the 12 years and younger division, Anderson-Nelson earned second place and Gracie Sherrick earned third.

In the 13- through 17-year-old division, Adams earned second place, Landoski took third, Bond earned fourth and Welker placed fifth.

For the 18 years and older division, Denise Solem earned second place, Vanessa Solem earned third and Sarah Vernon earned fourth.

Western Pleasure entertained audience members next with four divisions.

In the Pee Wee Western Pleasure Leadline division, Leslie earned first place, Lacey Hay earned second, Paisley Sherrick earned third, Hailee Hay earned fourth and Shyla Ann West earned fifth place.

For the 9- through 12-year-old division, Alexander Van Meter took first place, Anderson-Nelson earned second and Gracie Sherrick earned third.

For the 13- through 17-year-old division, Jacob Van Meter earned first place, Wilson earned second, Landoski took third, Bond placed fourth and Welker earned fifth place.

As for the 18 years and older division, Swanson earned first place, Vernon placed second, Denise Solem earned third, Vanessa Solem took fourth and Cindy McDonald earned fifth place.

Western Equitation saw first-place finishes from Alexander Van Meter for the 12 years and younger division, Welker for the 13- through 17-year-old division and Swanson for the 18 years and older division.

In the 12 years and younger division, second place was awarded to Gracie Sherrick. Anderson-Nelson earned third place.

For the 13- through 17-year-old division, Wilson took second place, Jacob Van Meter earned third, Adams earned fourth place and Bond took fifth.

In the 18 years and older division, Denise Solem earned second place, Vernon earned third and Vanessa Solem placed fourth.

Equestrians competed in Western Command next to show off their hard work and skill.

In the 12 years and younger division, Anderson-Nelson earned first place, Alexander Van Meter earned second and Gracie Sherrick placed third.

For the 13- through 17-year-old division, Landoski finished in first place. Welker earned second place, Wilson earned third, Bond placed fourth and Adams took fifth place.

As for the 18 years and older division, Swanson earned first place, Vanessa Solem earned second, Vernon took third place, Lisa Hay earned fourth palce and Denise Solem placed fifth.

The final event for the Western classes was Western Trail for the three age group divisions.

Gracie Sherrick earned first place for the 12 years and younger division. Anderson-Nelson earned second place and Alexander Van Meter placed third.

For the 13- through 17-year-old division, Adams placed first, Cooper Albaugh placed second, Welker earned third, Wilson earned fourth and Jorden Mahenski placed fifth.

Hayden Brown finishes the Reining Jackpot Sweepstakes with a sliding stop during the 2018 Fair Horse Show Friday, July 20. Photo by Ashley Grogan

First place for the 18 years and older division was awarded to Denise Solem. Second place went to Alana Wild, third to Vanessa Solem, fourth to Grider and fifth place to Lisa Hay.

The Performance classes tied up things nicely for the 2018 Fair Horse Show with four events and two jackpots.

The High Point Ranch Horse Champion was awarded to Bloxham and horse Very Chexy. The High Point Ranch Horse Reserve Champion was Grider and horse Tuf N Up Cowgirl.

The Overall Trail Horse Champion was Denise Solem and horse Tic Tacs N Cash.

The Ranch Riding event, formerly known as Ranch Pleasure, saw a first-place finish from Bloxham. Wild took second, Grider earned third, Jill Egly earned fourth and Maya Horsey earned fifth place.

The Ranch Horse Trail event saw Charlene Cluck earn first place, Denise Solem earn second, Horsey earn third, Lisa Hay take fourth and Wild place fifth.

Katie Baumgarner was the first-place finisher for the Junior Horse Reining event. Brown followed in second place, Landoski in third and Albaugh in fourth place.

For the Senior Horse Reining event, Bloxham earned first place, Egly earned second, Wild earned third, Grider placed fourth and Lisa Hay took fifth place.

Regarding the Ranch Riding Jackpot, first place was awarded to Bloxham. Second was earned by Brown, third by Grider and fourth by Larget.

For the Reining Jackpot, Kayden Frenken won first place and Bloxham earned second.

Overall the 2018 Lassen County Fair Horse Show was an overwhelming success for riders and fans alike.

Organizers of the annual Fair Horse Show expressed their gratitude toward their sponsors as well as the many community members who attend the events to support both young and experienced riders alike.

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