Up Arena plays host to
SEC Quarter Horse Show
events to include
barrel racing, educational series
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(October 2008) When asked what draws him to
barrel racing, Glen Law has a one word answer:
In events like barrel racing and pole bending, its 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.
by Lela Jane Bradshaw
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, its almost like an addiction.
Youre 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
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,
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 theyve 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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