Johnson named Overall Horse Showman


By Martin Graham - mgraham@aimmediamidwest.com



The beginner Hi-Point was contested with a two-way tie at the end of the show between Chloe Gardner and Garren Walker. The two had one final interview with the judge before it Walker was chosen as the winner. Walker is pictured with Queen Attendant Skylynn Barden.


The 14 and under Hi-Point trophy was awarded to Lorelei King. She is pictured with Queen Attendant Skylynn Barden.


The 15 and over Hi-Point trophy was awarded to Andrea Robinson. She is pictured with Queen Attendant Skylynn Barden.


The top five Overall Horse Showmen were named following the showmanship portion of the Junior Fair Horse Show Thursday. Pictured (L to R): fifth place Garren Walker, fourth place Andrea Robinson, Overall Horse Showman Madison Johnson (seated), reserve champion showman Abby Arledge and third place Taylor Perkins.


Madison Johnson was named the Overall Horse Showman during the 2017 Fayette County Junior Fair Horse Show Thursday. She is pictured with Queen Attendants Skylynn Barden (at left) and Clare Sollars (at right).


Madison Johnson was named the Overall Horse Showman at the 2017 Fayette County Junior Fair Horse Show Thursday.

Starting out bright and early at 9 a.m., the horse exhibitors competed in showmanship throughout the morning. Showmanship is designed to allow the exhibitor to present themselves and their horse project to the judge, Kay Tracy, and demonstrate proper handling, knowledge of horses and other important skills for a showman.

Following several hours of showmanship classes, Johnson was named Overall Horse Showman out of about 12 exhibitors. She will represent the horse projects at Saturday’s Large Animal Division Showman of Showmen competition.

“It is very exciting (to represent the horse exhibitors Saturday),” Johnson said. “I have wanted to do it for a long time and it’s just exciting. (Her horse) is kind of old and has been showing for a long time, so we just had to get her back into it to get prepared. (To the younger exhibitors attempting to become Overall Horse Showman) they just have to keep working for it, they will get it eventually.”

The judge, Tracy, said she was very impressed with all of the exhibitors who competed Thursday. She said that it was obvious that the advisors, parents and peers have been working with these kids and the group has shown improvement. She also said that the beginners all did excellent, especially for their first year taking a horse project.

“(Johnson) is a great showman,” Tracy said. “She nailed that pattern all the way. Every single maneuver, her lines were nice and straight, her turns were good and that horse planted that hoof. When she had to back up even to me to perform the 270 rotation, she nailed it. Every single part she had down.”

At the end of the competition three trophies were awarded to the “Hi-point” winners, exhibitors who performed well throughout the day and earned the most points via wins, seconds and other placings. The beginner Hi-Point was contested with a two-way tie at the end of the show between Chloe Gardner and Garren Walker. The two had one final interview with the judge before Walker was chosen as the winner. The 14 and under Hi-Point trophy was awarded to Lorelei King, and the 15 and over Hi-Point trophy was awarded to Andrea Robinson.

Results from the 2017 Junior Fair Horse Show:

Class 265 – English Showmanship, Horse and Pony – all ages: First place Anya Matthews and second place Lorelei King.

Class 266A – Western Showmanship, Pony – all ages: First place Katy Kotlinski and second place Brittany Martindale.

Class 266B – Western Showmanship, Horse – 15 and over: First place Andrea Robinson, second place Taylor Perkins, third place Anya Matthews, fourth place Faith Kobel and fifth place Linzy Turley.

Class 266C – Western Showmanship, Horse – 14 and under: First place Madison Johnson, second place Abby Arledge, third place Lorelei King and fourth place Trinity George.

Class 266E – Western/English Showmanship, Horse or Pony-Beginner, second year: First place Garren Walker and second place Mary Gerber.

Class 266F – Western/English Showmanship, Horse or Pony-Beginner, first year: First place Chloe Gardner, second place Alora Self, third place Lucas King, fourth place Rylee Blair and fifth place Shelby Snider.

Overall Horse Showman Class: First place Madison Johnson, second place Abby Arledge, third place Taylor Perkins, fourth place Andrea Robinson and fifth place Garren Walker.

Class 269 – Walk-Trot Horsemanship/Equitation, Horse or Pony-Beginner, second year: First place Garren Walker and second place Mary Gerber.

Class 270 – Walk-Trot Horsemanship/Equitation, Horse or Pony-Beginner, first year: First place Alora Self, second place Chloe Gardner, third place Lucas King, fourth place Rylee Blair and fifth place Shelby Snider.

Class 272 – English Equitation, Horse or Pony, all ages: First place Katy Kotlinski and second place Lorelei King.

Class 273A/B – English Pleasure (HUS), Horse or Pony, all ages: First place Katy Kotlinski and second place Lorelei King.

Class 274A – Walk-Trot Pleasure, Western/HUS, Horse or Pony – Beginner second year: First place Mary Gerber and second place Garren Walker.

Class 274B – Walk-Trot Pleasure, Western/HUS, Horse or Pony – Beginner first year: First place Chloe Gardner, second place Alora Self, third place Lucas King, fourth place Rylee Blair and fifth place Shelby Snider.

Class 275 – Western Pleasure, Pony, all ages: First place Katy Kotlinski and second place Brittany Martindale.

Class 276 – Western Please, Horse, 15 and over: First place Andrea Robinson, second place Taylor Perkins, third place Anya Matthews, fourth place Faith Kobel and fifth place Linzy Turley.

Class 277 – Western Pleasure, Horse, 14 and under: First place Madison Johnson, second place Abby Arledge, third place Trinity George and fourth place Lorelei King.

Class 280 – Western Horsemanship, Pony, all ages: First place Katy Kotlinski and second place Brittany Martindale.

Class 281 – Western Horsemanship, Horse, 15 and over: First place Taylor Perkins, second place Anya Matthews, third place Andrea Robinson and fourth place Linzy Turley.

Class 286/287 – Reining, Pattern A, all ages: First place Lorelei King, second place Katy Kotlinski, third place Abby Arledge, fourth place Anya Matthews and fifth place Andrea Robinson.

Class 288 – Senior Trail, Horse and Pony, 15 and over: First place Andrea Robinson.

Class 289 – Junior Trail, Horse and Pony, 14 and under: First place Madison Johnson, second place Abby Arledge and third place Lorelei King.

Class 290 – Barrels, Horse and Pony, 15 and over: First place Taylor Perkins, second place Anya Matthews, third place Andrea Robinson, fourth place Brittany Martindale and fifth place Faith Kobel.

Class 290 – Barrels, Horse and Pony, 14 and under: First place Lorelei King, second place Katy Kotlinski, third place Abby Arledge, fourth place Madison Johnson and fifth place Trinity George.

Class 291 – Flags, Horse and Pony, 15 and over: First place Andrea Robinson, second place Anya Matthews, third place Linzy Turley, fourth place Brittany Martindale and fifth place Faith Kobel.

Class 291 – Flags, Horse and Pony, 14 and under: First place Lorelei King, second place Abby Arledge and third place Madison Johnson.

The beginner Hi-Point was contested with a two-way tie at the end of the show between Chloe Gardner and Garren Walker. The two had one final interview with the judge before it Walker was chosen as the winner. Walker is pictured with Queen Attendant Skylynn Barden.
http://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2017/07/web1_20170720_145531.jpgThe beginner Hi-Point was contested with a two-way tie at the end of the show between Chloe Gardner and Garren Walker. The two had one final interview with the judge before it Walker was chosen as the winner. Walker is pictured with Queen Attendant Skylynn Barden.

The 14 and under Hi-Point trophy was awarded to Lorelei King. She is pictured with Queen Attendant Skylynn Barden.
http://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2017/07/web1_20170720_145557.jpgThe 14 and under Hi-Point trophy was awarded to Lorelei King. She is pictured with Queen Attendant Skylynn Barden.

The 15 and over Hi-Point trophy was awarded to Andrea Robinson. She is pictured with Queen Attendant Skylynn Barden.
http://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2017/07/web1_20170720_145631.jpgThe 15 and over Hi-Point trophy was awarded to Andrea Robinson. She is pictured with Queen Attendant Skylynn Barden.

The top five Overall Horse Showmen were named following the showmanship portion of the Junior Fair Horse Show Thursday. Pictured (L to R): fifth place Garren Walker, fourth place Andrea Robinson, Overall Horse Showman Madison Johnson (seated), reserve champion showman Abby Arledge and third place Taylor Perkins.
http://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2017/07/web1_20170720_104628.jpgThe top five Overall Horse Showmen were named following the showmanship portion of the Junior Fair Horse Show Thursday. Pictured (L to R): fifth place Garren Walker, fourth place Andrea Robinson, Overall Horse Showman Madison Johnson (seated), reserve champion showman Abby Arledge and third place Taylor Perkins.

Madison Johnson was named the Overall Horse Showman during the 2017 Fayette County Junior Fair Horse Show Thursday. She is pictured with Queen Attendants Skylynn Barden (at left) and Clare Sollars (at right).
http://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2017/07/web1_20170720_104427.jpgMadison Johnson was named the Overall Horse Showman during the 2017 Fayette County Junior Fair Horse Show Thursday. She is pictured with Queen Attendants Skylynn Barden (at left) and Clare Sollars (at right).

By Martin Graham

mgraham@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

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