This year’s Kane County Fair Open Horse Show featured well-seasoned competitors ranging in ages from six-and-under, 10-and-under, 11-17 and 18-and-older in the Carroll Arena at the North Events Center on Saturday, August 6. Under the direction of Ann Hepworth, who conducts training in her Orderville corral, as well as at Best Friends, was assisted by her husband Marty, and judged by first-timer Jessie Innegess.
Basically,” Innegess notes, “I’m coming and trying to pick horses with the least amount of resistance. So, I’m looking for horses that keep their heads and nose soft, and don’t ‘root’ their nose out when they stop. Looking for a relaxed horse. Also, looking for a well-levelheaded rider who is going to take the time to make the best out of the situation they’re going through with their horse at the time.”
Classes included Fillies, Colts, Mares, Geldings, Stallions, Showmanship at Halter, Leadline for the six-and-under, Western Pleasure, Trail, Ranch Riding, Reining, Barrels and Poles. Among the all-around High Point winners were 10-year-old Norah Sahotra, and in the 11-17 group, Addison Kartchner, who won in Ranch Riding, Western Pleasure, Showmanship, Trail and Barrels, pocketing $80 in prize money for her efforts.
“It was great!” concluded Andy Heaton, a Blue-Ribbon winner himself, as was his wife
Tracee, parents of Cole and Bronx. “Ann Hepworth has done a great job this year. She got some very challenging obstacles made for a fun afternoon.” As for his family, “We got lucky; we got a couple of good horses that are having a good day. Drone is starting to figure things out.”