Pleasure Horses from all over Shelby County and beyond were on display at the Silver Spurs Open Performance Horse Show last Saturday.
This pleasure show, sponsored by the Shelby County 4-H Silver Spurs Club, had Halter, Showmanship, English, Western and Gaited classes. Points were accumulated from the placings of the classes. At the end of the show, the exhibitor with the most points received an engraved belt buckle by age division and gaited division. The second place winner received an embroidered halter. Danielle Hunt from Dani’s Dazzling Designs sponsored the engraving on the buckle. Many Silver Spurs 4-H members attended the show along with other exhibitors from Central Illinois.
Exhibitors came from Humboldt, Stewardson, Pana, Tower Hill, Havana, Shelbyville, Dieterich, Beecher City, Rantoul, Macon, Bethany, Decatur, and Lincoln.
The High Point Champions and Reserve Champions in three of the four divisions were decided by the narrowest of margins in most classes. Winners weren’t decided until the final class of the day which was Western Horsemanship.
In the 13 & Under Division, one point separated the High Point and Reserve Champions. Rachel Higgs riding Dream on Nita, scored 24 points to take the High Point Buckle, while Layne Lebshier, riding Odds R Im Good, scored 23 points for Reserve Champ.
Higgs won two classes and Layne Lebshier one. Higgs won Country Pleasure and the final class, Western Horsemanship, tipping the scale in her favor. Lebshier won Showmanship and placed high enough in the other classes to earn Reserve Champ. Lebshier also won a non-point class, Junior Horse (5 & Under) Hallie Horsman won three classes, but finished just out of the money. Horsman won English Pleasure and Englis Equitation, as well as Western Pleasure.
In the 14-18 Age Division, one point again separated the High Point and Reserve Champions. Jessica Robinson riding Same Ole Jazz Story scored 27 points to take the High Point Buckle, while Corrin Hunt riding Indeed an Asset scored 26 points to be Reserve Champ.