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First Morgan Riggs Memorial Horse Show gets spirited support

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By Donald Richie

The organizer of the Morgan Riggs Memorial Rocky Mountain Horse Show, held last Saturday at the 4-H fairgrounds, said she is pleased with the days events.

Paulette Klein said despite having to move from the main arena, due to wet conditions, the show ran smoothly.

Even though that was the case, people still stayed and had a nice day, she said. It turned out very good for the very first day.

I appreciate all the horsemen coming out and all the townspeople coming out to support it.

Having to move the showing location demonstrated a need which Klein said would help Harrison County get more horse shows.

We need a covered arena and we need stables and stalls, she said, noting such amenities would likely bring a two-day show and all the subsequent local revenue. Maybe that will happen in the next couple of years with the 2010 Equestrian Games coming.

The show ran until around 7 p.m. Saturday and featured 35 classes for Rocky Mountain Horses. Klein organized it in memory of Riggs, who died a year ago.

He was her mentor in showing the relatively new breed of horse.

There were many volunteers, including several young people, who Klein said were instrumental in making things run smoothly.

I couldnt have done it without them, she said. The kids that volunteered... really did a fabulous job.

Klein said that she owed a special thanks to the shows local sponsors, which included Seldon Renaker Inn, Sylvandell Farms, Ricks Auto Repair, River Song Farm, Lucas Equine Equipment, Ware Funeral Home, Fairlane Farm, Brooks Animal Clinic, Cynthiana Tire, Evergreen Motel, Peoples Trophies and Signs, Miles Farm Supply, Snappy Tomato Pizza, Southern States, Northcutt Backhoe Service and KFC/Taco Bell which sponsored the championship round.

The Kentucky Equine Education Program sponsored ribbons and awards and Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) checked all the animals to make sure they were fit for entry.

Thats what Morgan really promoted, was the preservation of the breed, the soundness and the natural gait of the horse, Klein said.