Riders from across the Maritimes were in Amherst on Saturday for the sixth Super 8 Open Horse Show at Maltby Stables.
By Mitchell Peters
AMHERST – More than 40 riders from across the Maritimes converged on Amherst over teh weekend for the sixth Super 8 Open Horse show at Maltby Stables.
New Brunswick resident Melanie Porter, has been riding for seven years, and the Maltby Horse show was her first out of province competition. She got first place in the Jr. English Equitation.
“It’s more about you than the horse in this event. You are judged on your control and your posture mostly. I will be competing in the rest of the Jr. Classes and the Western this afternoon.”
Porter usually attends 5 to 7 events a year.
Karyn Roy has been riding for 39 years. She rides five days a week, and she attends around six events a year. It was not even a quarter of the way through the day, and she had a second-place finish and a first-place finish in the Senior events.
“It takes a lot of practice for these events. Preparation involves learning patterns, brushing the horse, braiding the horse, and banding.”
Her daughter Vanessa Roy was also competing. Vanessa Roy came to compete in the Junior English Equitation, the showmanship event, and her favorite barrel racing. Vanessa Roy trains three days a week, she practices at home.
“I love to ride, and I am excited for the barrel racing,” said Vanessa.
Jordan Hunt was volunteering at the event, and has been helping out for years. He has also helped at other horse shows as well.
“Preparation can take a lot of time, especially if you are bathing a white horse. We do everything from bathing horses, clipping, to exercising them. Many of the horses here are ours, but there are some that have been brought in. I would say the hardest part for me is just the preparation, but that all depends on the horse or how picky the rider is. My favorite part is just watching the sport. Competition has been strong today.”
Though the show was not as big as in previous years there was still $2,000 in money and prizes, and an excellent turnout. Riders from all over the Maritimes were present at the event.