Local equestrians earned top honors in the Ellis County Equine Association Buckle Series horse shows. They were recently honored with buckles, bracelets and bridles for their achievements at the year-end awards banquet held at the J Bar C Cowboy Church in Palmer.
Sadie Hinz, age 12 of Italy and 6th Grader at Italy Junior High, along with her Pony of the Americas gelding Plaudits Handsome Lad, won Champion Hunter Hack, Champion English, Reserve Champion Western and Reserve Champion Pony at Halter.
Mikayla Venable, age 12 of Italy and 6th grader at Italy Junior High, along with her Pony of the Americas gelding Salty Solar Spade Array, won Champion Pony at Halter, Reserve Champion Color at Halter, and Top 5 Green Horse awards.
Gentry Rogers, age 12 of Frost and 6th grader at Frost Junior High, aboard her solid American Paint Horse, I Am Quick Time, won a buckle for Reserve Champion Green Horse.
Julie Hinz of Italy, who also served as the president of Ellis County Equine Association in 2015, won a buckle for Junior Geldings at Halter, with her 2-year-old Pony of the Americas gelding OBR Show Your Color.
And in the adult riding division, Katelyn Schramm of Italy won Reserve Champion Western Adult and Reserve Champion English Adult with her Appaloosa gelding BL Hard Times.
ECEA hosts a five show buckle series each year, participates in local parades, hosts trail rides and clinics. For more information, log onto www.elliscountyequine.org.
pic 1: Julie Hinz shows off her buckle for Junior Geldings at Halter. (please use a cute kid as a lead photo!!!)
pic 2: Mikayla Venable wins a buckle for Champion Pony at Halter.
Pic 3: Katelynn Schramm, right, receives her Reserve Champion English prize from sponsor Vivian Kines.
pic 4 : Gentry Rogers rides I Am Quick Time to a reserve championship in the Green Horse division.
pic5: Sadie Hinz and Plaudits Handsome Lad won Champion Hunter Hack and Champion English Rider, Reserve Champion Western Rider and Reserve Champion Pony at Halter.