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Posted on: May 22, 2023

Free horse show provides fun and learning

Cleveland County Horse Show, Western Pleasure

The annual Cleveland County Horse Show, hosted the weekend prior to the county fair is a favorite for many in the horse community. It’s also great entertainment for spectators or for anyone who wants to know more about the sport.

Admission and parking are free.

The Cleveland County Horse show starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St., Norman. Pre-entry is required by Aug. 8. The show runs until the competition is complete, usually around 7 p.m. that evening.

“One of the really neat things about this show is that it’s free which is really unusual in horse shows,” said Amber Spires, show superintendent. “The other thing is that it pays premiums which is really good because these kids pay money to go to a lot of these shows and other shows usually don’t pay premiums.”

Horse shows can be expensive but as part of the free fair there is no cost to enter this show and generous sponsors make the cash awards possible. The show is also known as a good place to network with other riders and trainers.

“The Fair Board runs this show with help from Sandy McClure in the office,” Spires said. “This show has English and jumping and Western Pleasure so it’s very visitor friendly. There’s a nice spectator area. The kids are very friendly and willing to answer questions and a lot of them will let people pet their horses.”

In addition to youth divisions, there are open divisions for adult entrants.

“If you’re a newer rider, and you’re not comfortable cantering in a ring with a lot of other people, you can still do the walk-trot class,” Spires said.

Horse jumping There are three age divisions based on age by Jan. 1 of the current year: Junior for 13-year-old and under riders, Senior for 14 through 18-year-old riders and Open for 19-year-old and over riders. All exhibiters must live in Cleveland County.

A new rule clarification this year prohibits changes after entry. A rider may scratch but may not change classes or add classes after pre-entry. Late entries will not be accepted.

In addition to the age groups of youth competitors, you can also enter the “walk-trot” classification or the “walk-trot-canter” classification regardless of whether you are in the junior or senior age group.

“We are very grateful that we have this show and that they add this extra weekend so that we can have it,” Spires said. The fair board is very good to us.”

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