Despite some last-minute plans to finalizing the event, a large contingent of riders and spectators turned out on Sunday, June 22 at the Lake County Fairgrounds to watch some of the best local talents showcase their riding and cow-handling abilities at the annual Spring Cowhorse Classic.
There had been concerns that this year’s event would be canceled, but thanks to Schadler Ranch in Adel providing cattle at the last-minute the event was able to go forward.
Riders of all ages brought their own horses to compete, from little kids to high schoolers to veteran ranch hands. Events were separated into eight different categories: snaffle bit, bridle bit, youth, limited, reining, ranch horse, sorting and doctoring. Riders were required to perform set patterns, followed by maneuvering cows within a restricted space.
Judge Skip Brown oversaw the proceedings, providing grades on the rider’s ability to control their horse and manage a cow within a time limit.
Scoring begins with 70 points for riding ability and cow management, with points added or deducted by the judge based on the rider’s performance for a combined total score. Twenty five teams competed between two classes with close to 40 show horses displaying their skills at the fairgrounds.
Sponsors for the event included Tracy Ranch, Flynn & Sons, Hall Motor Company, Linton Ranch, Josh Pennington Trucking, Vogt Ranches, Les Schwab, Dylan Sponseller, JT Villagrana, Victor Madrigal, Bill McDonald Saddlery, S Engraving, Lakeview Animal Hospital, Garrett Duncan Silversmith, Evans Ranch, Best Western, Dave and Sandi Staub, 5 Corner Feed, SS Equipment and Cahill Ranch.