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Saddle Up Arena plays host to
SEC Quarter Horse Show

Upcoming events to include
barrel racing, educational series

By Lela Jane Bradshaw
Contributing Writer

(October 2008) – When asked what draws him to barrel racing, Glen Law has a one word answer:
“Speed.”
In events like barrel racing and pole bending, it’s all about the clock. Riders on their horses run a pre-set pattern, racing to finish the course with a faster time than anyone else.

Saddle Up Arena Owners

Photo by Lela Jane Bradshaw

From left, Christy Newland, arena
owners Joe and Jan Shultise, and
Kelly and Lance Carr stand with the
stallion BHR Frenchies Socks

“For some of us, it’s almost like an addiction. You’re going to do it whether your win or lose,” says Glen Law of Morgantown, Ind., with a smile.
Saddle Up Arena in Madison offers just the place for horse owners to indulge in their love of friendly competition. On Sept. 13-14, the arena played host to the SEC Quarter Horse Show, offering more than 100 classes. In addition to speed events, the show included a wide range of classes, such as Trail, where horse and rider must navigate a variety of obstacles calmly and smoothly, to Western Pleasure, where a horse is judged on whether it is a pleasure to ride.
While the show is one of the oldest Quarter Horse shows in Indiana, having taken place for at least 40 years, this is its first year in Madison. The SEC Quarter Horse Show is affiliated with Horse Shows for Hope and a percentage of the proceeds from the event are donated to Breast Cancer Reseach.
While some competitors love the speed and agility of the American Quarter Horse, others find the versitility of the breed a major draw. Susan Robinson of Seymore, Ind., and her horse, Innocent Promotion, competed in Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Showmanship, Halter, Trail and Huntseat Equitation classes. Robinson describes Innocent Promotion, nicknamed “Tucker,” as “a really good natured horse. He always tries to do what I ask him.”
Beginning Nov. 1-2, Saddle Up Arena will offer the LubriSyn 5000 Series of Barrel Racing events. This series is scheduled to run once a month from November through April.
These shows will offer barrel events ranging from “Pee Wee Barrels” for children ages 10 and under up through adult classes.
As part of these shows, famed equine veterinarian Dr. Steve Allday, best known for his work with thoroughbred race horses, will speak on joint health in horses and share information on some of the latest research in keeping horses sound and healthy. On Sundays during the show weekends, Saddle Up Arena will offer Cowboy Church and riders may attend services on horseback.
Christy Newland, marketing director for LubriSyn, says, “Barrel racing is probably one of the fastest growing equine events.”
Barrel racing offers high speed and hairpin turns, proving exciting to both riders and spectators alike. For competitors, there is also the advantage that in such timed events, questions of politics never come into play.
In fact, Saddle Up Arena offers lasers to locate barrels in order to ensure that each competitor faces the exact same course when entering the ring to compete.
Newland notes of Saddle Up Arena, “This arena is truly a breakthrough for this area,” pointing out that previously competitors were forced to travel to Louisville, Ky., or Dayton, Ohio, for a facility comparable in size and amenities. “Madison is very fortunate to have this,” she says.
Law, who has been showing horses for 20 years, speaks highly of the facilities offered at Saddle Up Arena. “I like this place. I like what they’ve done with it.”
Saddle Up Arena offers barrel practice and open riding from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays with team roping practice taking place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays.

• For more information, call Kelly Carr at Saddle Up Arena at (502) 645-2304.

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