Six trophies, no winners in horse show cuts

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By Jenna McKenna

The horse show at the Suwannee River Fair was smaller this year. About 60 percent smaller. Show devotees who showed up past noon to check out the speed events would have been greeted by an empty arena and a small crowd, drifting away. There was no speed competition this year, and only nine girls competed in the other events, although more than 30 had entered.

The reason?

This year, the fair board took over horse show entries, which had formerly been under complete control of the horse show operators. For the last two years, Holly Houghton has been the horse show operator. Before that, Joel and Kathy Layfield ran the show.

Mickey Beauchamp, one of the fair board directors, said that prior to this year, horse show directors had established a submission date for applications, but would continue to accept applications after the date had passed.

“Our thought was, a deadline is a deadline – you have to deal with them at some point in your life,” he said.

Therefore, Beauchamp said, the board felt justified in rejecting all the applications that were postmarked after the Jan. 17 deadline.

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