Fort Collins, Colo.
For a number of years I took my horse to the Colorado Affiliate Foundation Quarter Horse Registry summer horse show held at the Boulder County fairgrounds in Longmont.
Now, I don’t like the word Horse Show because it conjures up in my mind a bunch of intense people on horses that just walk, trot and lope around the arena.
There is that as well, but for those who really want to perform with their horses, there are ranch horse performances as well and they are divided into: Open, Amateur, Youth and Open All Breed. The event lasts for two days and is full of fun and activities for the whole family. Most folks who don’t live in the area bring a camper or sleep in horse trailers and spend the night. There is a food vendor there every year who prides himself in serving good food. Two years ago, he and his wife, Eleanor Puntoriero, came in early Sunday morning to fix breakfast for everyone.
Sunday morning there is a Cowboy Church Service in the grandstand for those hardy folks who can get up, feed their horses and pause by the portable grill for a breakfast burrito before stumbling over to the indoor arena. Then the events begin with Barrel Racing followed by Stake Race, Pole Bending and Keyhole Race. Events feature FQHR, youth, and are open to all breed of horses.
I don’t remember if they break for lunch or not, but when you get hungry and are not entered in a class, just step out to the chuckwagon and they will fix you up with a good meal. Then come back and compete in Ranch Pleasure, Western Riding, Ranch Reining and Handy Ranch Horse classes.
If all the above activities don’t trip your trigger, then get your horse registered in the Foundation Quarter Horse Association and enter the Halter Show with Grand and Reserve Champion Classes.
Whatever you are into, this is a full two-day event for the whole family and their horses with a bunch of friendly visiting and competition for everyone. I just hope to have the energy to compete and get up the next morning to go to work.
For more information or Entry Forms, call Nicole Florell at (970) 493-3036 or E-mail her at email@example.com.
Hope to see you there.
Roger Thompson is a CHA certified instructor of advanced Western horsemanship and beginning English riding.