OGDENSBURG — Eight-year-old Summer R. Mayville, Brushton, and her English pony, Logan’s Run, both wore their hair in braids Sunday for an open horse show at Paradise Acres on Linden Street.
Summer and her 5-year-old sister, Meagan A., rode their horses in a show for the second time Sunday as their parents, Alisha M. and Eugene J. Mayville, cheered them on from the crowd.
“We’ve been riding since we were babies,” Summer said.
Meagan rode Rev It Up Stanza, her Western paint quarter horse.
“I just like having fun,” she said.
The St. Lawrence Valley Horseman’s Association holds four open horse shows and a quarter horse show each summer.
This year’s first show was June 8 and the rest will be Aug. 3, 24 and 31.
From showmanship classes to jumping, trail, Western and English riding, the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. show consisted of several competitions with more than 30 horses.
Linda S. Guidali, one of the board members for the association, said it has been holding shows at Paradise Acres for about 30 years.
“It keeps families together,” she said. “Everyone has horses. If you drive down the road, there’s a horse behind every house someplace and a lot of people come to our shows because they’re very family oriented.”
Ms. Guidali said the show draws people from all over the north country.
Katera L. Poupore, a 13-year-old from Plattsburgh, made the trip with her horse, nicknamed Eddie, to participate in a variety of competitions Sunday morning.
She’s been riding Eddie for two years, but has been riding horses since she was 2 years old.
“I just love bonding with them,” she said. “Without them I really wouldn’t have a life.”
Mary Romeo, secretary for the horse shows, said the shows usually draw a decent size crowd of spectators.
“A lot of people like horses and they had horses maybe when they were younger,” she said. “We have a lot of parents and grandparents that like to watch their children ride.”
Laura E. Cook, 18, Massena, and her horse, The Lady Iz Magic, competed in showmanship and riding classes Sunday. Miss Cook has been riding for 10 years.
“I’ve learned that you need determination to make them do what they’re supposed to,” she said.
“I just started teaching her to jump three or four years ago, so that’s what I really love to do right now.”