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9/2/06-Longview

Equestrian Contest Held In Marshall

A weekend event in Marshall, is showcasing a little known equestrian event.  About 150 horses, riders and their families came for a competition at Marshall City Arena today as the Silver Spurs drill team of Marshall hosted the Texas Challenge Drill Team Competition.

"It's a great time.  We make new friends, have a great time, and it gives you a sense of competing without having to do barrel racing or rodeo," says Shreveport rider Judy Wilson.

"With the horses they learn the routines just like we do and most of the horses can go out there and do the drill without a rider on it," said rider Bill Parrish.

A sanctioned event by the U-S Equestrian Drill Association, they performed intricate maneuvers such as the wagon wheel, and the figure eight, requiring precise timing. But it's a sport that all ages can participate in.

"We have people six years old to 62 on our team we have a grandmother we have a mother and a grandson all on our team and it's fun," said organizer Dewey Dossett.

Staying "in sync" is everything in these competitions, taking long hours of practice for riders and horses.  Divisions include freestyle, rodeo, youth, and adult/mixed, and the competitors even have a fan following.

Six teams competed in today's event. They will go on to a national competition, set to be held in Canton next June.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.  bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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