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News

SMALL BUT MIGHTY: SMALL FRY DIVISION

October 16th, 2019

By: Autumn Fickel

The Small Fry division is a fierce competition for high honors. The competitors? Talented horses with dedicated riders, all under the age of 9 years old. The Small Fry division includes classes in Showmanship, Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, and Trail. The High Point award is given to the young rider with the most points from placing in these classes.

Taking the High Point honor this year is Liv Jillian Winter. Though she may be small, nine-year-old Liv has the dedication and drive to succeed of someone twice her age. Traveling from West Branch, Michigan, Liv trains with Adam Winter of Winter Performance Horses. Her partner in the show ring is A Diggin Hot Time, or Wilson, a 13 year old Quarter Horse by Diggity Hot Joe. This is Liv’s second Congress, and her goal was to win the High Point Award.

Liv and Wilson showed in all of the Small Fry classes except Western Pleasure, but Liv says her favorite is Hunt Seat Equitation.

“My favorite class to show in is Equitation, because Wilson is such a good eq horse and he’s really good at patterns” she stated. This was proven by their Reserve Championship title in the Small Fry Equitation.

Liv and Wilson also placed third in Hunter Under Saddle, third in Showmanship, eighth in Western Horsemanship, and sixth in Trail.

Hunter Under Saddle

Taking the Congress Championship title in the Small Fry Hunter Under Saddle was Quincy Clagg, riding SH Counting Stars. With 43 entries, the competition was stiff. Taking Reserve Champion was Jemma Weisel of North Lawrence, OH, riding Al the Single Ladies and third was Liv Winter and A Diggin Hot Time.

Hunt Seat Equitation

Earning the Congress Championship in the Small Fry Hunt Seat Equitation was Eleanor Ott of Sand Creek, MI, riding The Only Leadin Lady. Best friend Liv Winter took the Reserve Champion title and the Small Fry High Point. In the class of 42 riders, Elden Fredenburg of Straughn, IN took third riding MWS Flashed N Chock.

Showmanship

Alexandra Rippeon and Famous N Foolish, from Mt. Airy, MD, earned the Congress Champion title in the Small Fry Showmanship. Taking Reserve Champion in the class of 44 riders was Quincy Clagg with SH Counting Stars. In third place was Liv Winter and A Diggin Hot Time.

Western Horsemanship

In a class of 54 riders, Small Fry Western Horsemanship Congress Champion went to Elden Fredenburg and MWS Flashed N Chock. Reserve Champion went to Kaylee Grace Olds of Lebanon, OH, riding Looking Willy Good. Third place went to Alexandra Rippeon and Famous N Foolish.

Western Pleasure

Taking Congress Champion in the Small Fry Western Pleasure was Trinity Bell of Millsap, TX, riding A Certain Faith. This win was especially important to the Bell family, as nine-year-old Trinity’s mom, Joetta Bell, won the Small Fry Western Horsemanship at nine years old in 1990. Earning the Reserve Champion title in the class of 50 horses was Finnegan Joseph Seabolt of Centerburg, OH, riding Im Gonna Be Lazy. Third place went to Tavin Jaeger of Findlay, OH, on Radical Blue Chip.

Trail

In the class of 44 exhibitors, Small Fry Trail Congress Champion was Rebecca “Shayne” Gilliam of Greensburg, IN, riding Chocolately Special K. Earning the Reserve Champion spot was Brylee Bunting on Ms Mae Flash and taking third place was Adeline Gabor from Madison, OH on Consider Him Sheik.

 

The Final Results of the Small Fry High Point were:

  1. Liv Jillian Winter – A Diggin Hot Time
  2. Alexandra Rippeon – Famous N Foolish
  3. Eleanor Ott – The Only Leadin Lady
  4. Quincy Katherine Clagg – SH Counting Stars
  5. Rebecca “Shayne” Gilliam – Chocolatey Special K
  6. Elden Fredenburg – MWS Flashed N Chock
  7. Trinity Bell – A Certain Faith
  8. Kaylee Grace Olds – Looking Willy Good
  9. Isabella Marie See – For The Life Of Me
  10. Adeline Gabor – Consider Him Sheik