Close to 60 riders and their mounts from the Kootenays and Okanagan saddled up for the 14th annual Hot August Hooves Horse Show at the Trail Horseman’s Grounds, Aug. 19-21.
Organizer and president Pam Malekow said it was one of the best turnouts in recent years, and the weather was as the event predicted — hot, hot, hot.
“Every year I meet new people that come from near and far, and get to visit with people I only get to see a few times a year,” said Malekow. “I truly enjoy sharing this hobby.”
The three day horse show includes over 100 separate events, with junior and senior riders getting tested and competing in English and Western dressage, jumping, English and Western flat, halter and in-hand disciplines.
Judging the talent were head judge Sally Schiller from Spokane, jump judge Brandi Saunders, and Trail judge Janine Issel. Schiller has over 30 years experience with horses and training, and teaches a variety of disciplines including Hunter/ Jumper, Western, Showmanship, Equitation, English and Western dressage, drill team and ground training.
Thanks to a number of volunteers and sponsors including Columbia Basin Trust, the participants, organizers, and volunteers look forward to the 15th annual show next year.