Horses and riders line up for the 70th Marion Horse Show

By Andrea Ray | Jul 04, 2017
Photo by: Andrea Ray Tristan Dutzman of Stepping Stone Farm, aboard the adorably-named "Storm Trooper."

Marion — It was red, white and blue for horses and riders on the Fourth of July -- in ribbons that is.

The 70th edition of the Marion staple ran on Tuesday, with what Secretary Melissa Weigel guessed were well over 100 entries. In one ring, western-style riders in spangled shirts and chrome-accented saddles and bridles showed off their moves.

In the main grass oval, the western riders joined the english-style riders, dressed in wool jackets, tan breeches and tall black boots, as well as the saddleseat riders, in bowler hats and suits and aboard high-stepping horses.

There were 75 classes throughout the day, beginning sharply at 8 a.m. Some riders were handed unexpected twists. Tristan Dutzman and his pony Storm Trooper were trotting around the ring when the horse in front of them exited the ring. Storm Trooper tried to sneak out as well, until Dutzman managed to steer him back onto the regular track.

This edition of the Marion Horse Show was dedicated to Ann Washburn, who died in May. Washburn had been a strong supporter of the show, sitting for many years on its committee. "This was her favorite committee and favorite community event," said announcer Robert Jeffery to the crowd.



Julia Mora and her Friesian, named "Elvis," were fan favorites. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Samantha Tavares and "Teddy Bear" walked away with a blue ribbon. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Maggie Robinson and "Prince Anasheed" stole some relaxation time in the shade. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
A little snooze in the sun never hurt anyone! (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
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