Memorial Day Horse Show in Greeley attracts 250 participants
Lynn Russell stood by the fence, resting a boot on the bottom board, watching members of the Greeley Saddle Club, including his granddaughter, Kayla Subia, 10, compete in the speed events during the club’s annual Memorial Day Horse Show and Gymkhana.
There were about 250 entries for the morning judged events and afternoon speed events Monday at the club’s arena, north of Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.
Lynn and his wife, Linda, joined the Greeley Saddle Club in 1988. Their daughters, Cindy Subia, who was the club’s princess in 1991 and queen in 1995, and Debbie Guillen, who was the princess in 1990, grew up as club members, Linda said.
“We didn’t miss many horse shows,” Linda said. “Maybe a couple in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but even then, we did concessions.”
Now Lynn and Linda are involved with their grandchildren, Kayla, Tagan Subia, 6, and Ryan Pitt, 13.
The Russell couple have made their home just inside Weld County on Weld County Road 15 north of Colo. 14 since 1972.
“We have an indoor arena and, I hate to admit it, we still have about 10 horses,” Lynn said. But those horses, he said, were important in the lives of their daughters and now their grandchildren. And, he added, it keeps Grandpa busy.
“Grandpa does everything,” he said with a laugh.
But, he was quick to add, it’s been good for all involved.
“It keeps them busy. Too busy to do much of anything else,” he said, noting both daughters were 4-H members and, as such, took their horses to the Colorado State Fair each year. That was in addition to all the saddle club events, which included riding in parades around the region during the summer months.
Kayla won a trophy in her first event Monday morning, which she proudly exhibited to her grandfather.
“You now, those trophies mean more to kids at that age than a $100 bill does,” he said.