Miniature horse show spirit grows at Spirit Reins Ranch

Dave Mathieson
Published on June 16, 2014

PARRSBORO – The Spirit Reins Ranch has caught the miniature horse spirit.

“Billy and I have large horses but we’ve been so welcomed by the people with miniature horses. I’ve had a great time,” said Karen Yorke-Gilbert who, along with her husband Billy, hosted the High Tides Miniature Horse Show at their Spirit Reins Ranch just outside of Parrsboro. “They’re competitive but they like to have fun.”

This is the third year for the High Tides show, but the first time its been hosted at Spirit Reins.

“It went very well,” said Dorothy Best who, along with her husband Billy, has organized the event for the last three years. “Everybody seemed to have a good time.”

Thirty-three people from throughout Nova Scotia and P.E.I. took part in the competition.

“We have judges who judge the horses trot and cantor, and we some fun things like barrel racing and pole bending and an obstacle course,” say Roger Gouchie, a long-time volunteer and organizer at miniature horse shows.

Miniature horse show’s can be costly, and Gouchie, Best and Yorke-Gilbert thank the people of Parrsboro for supporting their Walk-a-thon and their online auction.

The Walk-a-thon raised about $800, and the online auction raised close to $1,500.

“I can’t say enough about the people in Parrsboro who support this show,” said Gouchie.

The High Tides Miniature Horse Show is one of three sanctioned by the Miniature Horse Association of Nova Scotia.

This weekend’s show in Antigonish is the second MHANS show of the year, and the third is the Hubtown Miniature Horse Show July 5, in Truro.