Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Chelsea Ballard puts her miniature horse through the cart obstacle course at the 10th annual Snake River Miniature Horse Club Show. The horse show continues today at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. The show opens at 9 a.m. and is free to the public.
The showmen range in ages from four to 70 and come from all walks of life. The one thing they have in common is a love for tiny horses. All were gathered at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds Friday for the 10th annual Snake River Miniature Horse Club (SRMHC) Show.
According to Show Chairperson Tammi Dial of Shelley, the SRMHC is under the umbrella of the American Shetland Pony Club/American Miniature Horse Club. The SRMHC show is a three-judge event featuring 86 horses and drawing contestants from throughout the region. The winners from this competition will qualify for the national competition in Oklahoma this September.
The horses compete in 3 divisions based on their size: Division A is for miniature horses 34 inches and smaller; Division B is for miniature horses 34-38 inches. Horses over 38 inches are in the Shetland pony categories which include foundation, classic, modern and modern show pony. The horses are carefully measured for height from the last hair on their mane to the ground to determine what division they are eligible to compete in. The competitions include performance, halter and cart driving. While most of horses are at the event are for show, there are a few horses available for sale at the show.
"This is a very relaxed and friendly show," Dial said. "We welcome anyone to come out and enjoy watching the horses..there is no charge to come and watch the horse show."
The SRMHC show will continue today at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds starting at 9 a.m. and running throughout the afternoon.