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No horsin' around at the fair

Lyon County 4-Hers let their horses strut their stuff at Lyon County Fair

August 4, 2012
By Karin Elton , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Friday morning's horse show at the Lyon County Fairgrounds was Megan Lynne of Clarkfield's last show at the county level - she'll be doing national shows next.

Megan will leave for greener pastures in the fall as she attends William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., where she will study equine science.

"Equine science is anything to do with horses, but not vet - training horses, breeding," said Megan's mother, Teresa Lynne.

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Brittney Thooft of Arco and Christeen Groenhoff of Canby stand by their horses in readiness for competing in the open class horse show at the Lyon County Fair. Thooft’s horse is an Arabian named Dancer and Groenhoff’s is an Appaloosa and Arab named Sky.

Megan's 4-year-old Mia, a Paint, will go to Missouri with her, which will help with any feelings of homesickness that Megan might have, said Lynne, adding that she doesn't know how she will cope with the separation.

"I'm not counting," she said, "but it's 594 miles away."

Megan had to sell three of her four horses to pay for college. In addition, Megan won a $20,000 scholarship to Williams Woods - $5,000 for each year.

"It's the top equestrian scholarship from William Woods," Lynne said.

To get the scholarship, "she wrote an essay and sent in a video of her riding," said Lynne.

At Friday's open class horse show Megan had entered Mia who was "100 percent trained by Megan," Lynne said. "It was a training project for (Yellow Medicine County) 4H."

Hannah Brockway of Tracy, a member of the Busy Bees Club out of Amiret, entered her Paint Rainy. This was her fourth show with Rainy. She entered the halter division in which the horse's conformation is judged.

"Conformation means how the horse is filled out, if the posture is good, good muscling, if it meets the type of standards for the breed," said Hannah's mother, Kathy Brockway.

"They (the judges) also look at how it's cleaned up," said Hannah.

Brittney Thooft of Arco cleaned her horse Dancer the night before and gave it finishing touches in the morning. She washed the "brown spots off," she said and applied baby oil to Dancer's face to make it shine, rubbed baby powder on the white part of the lower legs and painted black fingernail polish on the hooves to even out the color.

This is the fifth year the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton eighth grader has shown horses.

"I started in the third grade," Thooft said.

Thooft, who is a member of the Burr Bustlers 4H Club by Canby, entered her Arabian in the showmanship category.

She said winning depends on the personal taste of the judges.

"It depends on what the judges like," she said. "They look at the cleanness, how you present your horse, how you do the pattern."



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