Washburn Park sees 69th 4th of July Horse Show
By Tanner Harding | Jul 04, 2016
MARION — The Marion Horse Show Committee put on its 69th Fourth of July horse show this year at Washburn Park.
The show featured 78 different classes, ranging from miniature horse jumping to novice riding.
“We have all different types of horses here,” committee secretary Melissa Weigel said. “It’s open to anyone.”
People of any age and experience could register to participate in the events, which were judged by Tom O’Neil from Chester, New Hampshire and Marissa Wolk from Saundertown, Rhode Island.
New this year in the show was the Cowboy Classic, which was an event strictly for rescued horses.
“Many of the horses were rescued from kill farms,” Weigel said.
The event was named after a rescue horse, Cowboy, that participated in the show last year and died shortly after. Cowboy was rescued from a kill farm in Nevada prior to competing.
“It’s really special,” Weigel said of the new event.
There was a large crowd all throughout the afternoon, with the committee estimating around 200 people at any given time.
“I love how it’s open to the public,” Weigel said. “Maybe people who aren’t familiar with horses will see it and want to start riding. I love that the community can be involved.”
The committee also had a fundraising “Chinese auction” set up, which is run like a combination of a raffle and auction. All money raised will be used to host next year’s show.
There was also face painting and pony rides as well as food available.