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Drill Horse Competition hits Lindale

Drill horse competition hits Lindale

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Prime Time Express practices before the competition. (Source: KLTV) Prime Time Express practices before the competition. (Source: KLTV)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

If you’re into horses, we've got a treat for you. We’re talking about hundreds of horses ridden by some folks who really know what they’re doing.

The Super Ride Drill has one more day of competition at the Texas Rose Horse Park on State Highway 110, just about a mile south of Interstate 20.

Gary Turner an his Texas Tornados train in Lee County, TX and they’ve been coming to the Super Ride for eight years.

“We’re riding 17 times this week, so we have got a busy week, and I brought 35 riders with us, and 28 horses,” Turner said.

He says if you’ve never been you’re in for a treat.

“It’s really flashy. There’s usually anywhere from six to twenty horses on a team. We run theme drills, which is a costume drill, which may be several different types of things. My personal team, we’re doing a Bonnie and Clyde tomorrow,” Turner revealed.

They practiced without horses to keep the horses cool during competition. Other teams like Prime Time Express practiced with their horses, but took it slow. Bethany Neal rides with the Limestone County, TX team.

“It keeps my horse in shape. It’s fun. I get to ride with my family. My sister, my mom and my brother supports me, and my dad. We all do it as a big family. And this is your family when you start doing it a lot,” Neal said.

It’s a challenge to plan a good ride.

“You have to find somebody that knows what they’re talking about when it comes to the maneuvers and you have to have your horse in shape. They just put it together on paper and then they put you on your horse and tell you to do it. You just practice and practice until you get good at it; like circles, figure eights and a whole bunch of different stuff,” Neal explained.

This is a very family friendly event, and a pretty good price for entertainment that goes all day long.

Saturday there’s a best of the best silver cup drill, and the theme drill where the riders sort of become a theater group and tell a story in costume.

Tickets are $5 each and there is a $5 parking fee. Concessions are available.

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