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Third and Final competition

By Jaclyn Morrow

Peak to Peak Buckle Series completed their third horsemanship competitions to open the 25th Gilpin County Fair. The first two exhibition of horse and rider cooperation were in June and July. Saturday morning, August 19, 2017 was the third and final event. Riders entered into classes of competition as over 40, 18-39, 12-17 and under 11 years of age. Riders earn points for the place they take in five different events, with the grand winner earning the most points in all three events in their age range, to take home the coveted belt buckle.

The events that demonstrate skills the horse and rider have at that moment have been practiced over many previous sessions. Equitation or how well the horse and rider work together is judged by established standards. The others are timed events that can have time added to their score for crossing boundaries or not following the established path, and sometimes become disqualified.

Barrel races have three barrels the horse must make a cloverleaf circle around the closest two barrels then go around the farthest one to race back across the finish line. Flag race is taking a flag to the sand bucket on top of the first barrel riding around the outside of the barrel then over to the other barrel and sand bucket to get another flag out of it to race back across the timer line. Pole bending is six poles in straight line that must be raced to the farthest to weave around the closest and weave back up to the first one to race back across the timer line. Key hole is just a simple race from the timer line to a small chalk circle the horse must make a 180 degree turn around in to race back.

The age of the rider, the riders name and the horse’s name are listed below.

Equitation

11 and under

1st Mackenzie Weber, Kenai

2nd Aliyah Boogard, Titan

12 to 17

1st Allison Hardt-Zeman, Lucky

18 to 39

1st Ali Nelson, Lucy

2nd Heide Morgan, Shadow

40 and Over

1st Kirsten Springer, Shiloh

2nd Jeff Fruth, Peppy

3rd Stuart Shultz, Zip

4th Barbara Hardt, Tonto

Barrels

11 and under

1st Mackenzie Weber, Kenai 27.747

2nd Aliyah Boogard, Titan 39.214

3rd Orion Ackley, Norman 43.796

4th Maggie Sue Morgan, Bitts 1.13.036

12 to 17

1st Sarah Newton, Valentine 21.620

2nd Allison Hardt-Zeman, Lucky 22.654

18 to 39

1st Ali Nelson, Lucy 19.007

2nd Crysten Ackely, Norman 21.783

3rd Heide Morgan, Shadow 28.829

40 and Over

1st Jeff Fruth, Peppy 20.815

2nd Stuart Shultz, Zip 21.513

3rd Barbara Hardt, Tonto 23.625

4th Kirsten Springer, Shiloh 27.662

Flag Race

11 and under

1st Mackenzie Weber, Kenai 19.362

2nd Aliyah Boogard, Titan 30.346

12 to 17

1st Allison Hardt-Zeman, Lucky 18.308

18 to 39

1st Ali Nelson, Lucy 14.796

2nd Heide Morgan, Shadow 28.829

40 and Over

1st Jeff Fruth, Peppy 11.741

2nd Stuart Shultz, Zip 14.320

3rd Barbara Hardt, Tonto 27.297

Pole Bending

11 and under

1st Mackenzie Weber, Kenai 39.989

2nd Aliyah Boogard, Titan 43.239

3rd Orion Ackley, Norman 45.548

4th Maggie Sue Morgan 1.32.230

12 to 17

1st Allison Hardt-Zeman, Lucky 18.308

2nd Sarah Newton, Valentine 36.701

18 to 39

1st Ali Nelson, Lucy 26.704

2nd Crysten Ackely, Norman 31.123

3rd Heide Morgan, Shadow 35.696

4th Bethany Nappo, Norman 39.779

40 and Over

1st Jeff Fruth, Peppy 28.391

2nd Stuart Shultz, Zip 29.708

3rd Barbara Hardt, Tonto 34.903

Keyhole

11 and under

1st Aliyah Boogard, Titan 13.593

2nd Mackenzie Weber, Kenai

3rd Orion Ackley, Norman 13.276+

12 to 17

1st Sarah Newton, Valentine 13.781

2nd Allison Hardt-Zeman, Lucky 31.076

18 to 39

1st Crysten Ackely, Norman 8.663

2nd Heide Morgan, Shadow 13.751

3rd Ali Nelson, Lucy 14.853

4th Bethany Nappo, Norman 17.612

40 and Over

1st Jeff Fruth, Peppy 10.006

2nd Stuart Shultz, Zip 11.431

3rd Kirsten Springer, Shiloh 14.028

3rd Barbara Hardt, Tonto 15.508

 

The highest score in all events combined while riding the same horse for all events are listed below as: Highpoint, Reserve Highpoint, and Buckle Winner.

Highpoint

11 and Under – Mackenzie Weber

13 to 17 – Allison Hardt-Zeman

18 to 39 – Ali Nelson

40 and Over – Jeff Fruth

Reserve Highpoint

11 and Under – Aliyah Boogard

13 to 17 – Sarah Newton

18 to 39 – Heide Morgan

40 and Over – Stuart Shultz

Buckle Winners

11 and Under – Mackenzie Weber

13 to 17 – Allison Hardt-Zeman

18 to 39 – Ali Nelson

40 and Over – Stuart Shultz

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