Sports
New horse show series this summer in Elgin Park
Submitted by Angelique Fawns

Elgin Park will be a little busier this summer. The Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association is introducing a new horse show series that welcomes riders of many different disciplines and levels to participate.

The UHA’s Schooling Show Series will hold its first event this weekend, on Saturday, May 14.

This will not be a typical one discipline equestrian event. Cowboys and cowgirls in western tack and garb will have an opportunity to show off their show ring skills and burn up the dirt in the speed event categories. There will also be English focused competitions like jumping, equitation and pleasure classes.

Some classes, like the Command and Trail classes, will see riders of both disciplines competing together. There will also be Halter and Showmanship for those who prefer doing their equine activities on the ground rather than astride.

Very young riders will find this a very welcoming place to debut their skills with both Leadline and Beginner Walk/Trot Jog classes.

“We are going to provide a very accessible and friendly environment for all levels of riders. The point of this series is to provide a place where riders can go out and have some fun while gaining some show experience,” says show organizer Diane Smullen.

She also points out that cost has also played a role in how the series is run.

“One of our main focuses is to keep this show affordable. Classes will cost $5 for members of the Uxbridge Horseman’s Association and $10 for non- members. “

Diane Smullen is no stranger to running horseshows. She also helps organize the Turn n’ Burn Western Speed Events Series which run all summer long on her home farm Bilby Ranch. She also owns and trains several racehorses as well as running a Western Riding School.

“I am thrilled by this opportunity to provide a fun-filled and grass roots show series that will appeal to such a broad base of riders of different ages and skill levels,” says Diane.

Kevin Alcock, president of the UHA, is excited about having more regular shows at Elgin Park.

“The UHA is thrilled to have Diane on board creating these shows, bringing horses back to Elgin Park and sharing our sport with all of Uxbridge. Events like these are what bring people together, build better relationships and make Uxbridge a place where we all want to live and play.”

The other shows in the series will be held on Saturday, June 18; Saturday, July 16; Saturday, August 13; and Saturday, September 17.

If you wish to learn more about the Uxbridge Horseman’s Association 2016 Schooling Show Series, visit www.uxbridgehorsemen.com.showuha