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Open class horse and pony show fun for all ages

| October 2, 2012

Twins Taryn and Ashlyn Tumblin were all set to show their miniature horses Rosa and Jazzy during the Oct. 2 Coshocton County Fair Open Class Horse and Pony Show. Beacon photo by Josie McCormick

COSHOCTON – Rosa and Jazzy were sparkling before they walked into the show ring.

The miniature horses were shown in the Coshocton County Fair Open Class Horse and Pony Show which was held Tuesday morning, Oct. 2. Both had sparkles in their hair and their hooves painted purple for the occasion.

“You go in and you lead your horse around,” said six-year-old Ashlyn Tumblin.

Ashlyn competed with Jazzy.

“She (Jazzy) is pretty and she’s soft,” Ashlyn said.

 Her twin sister Taryn Tumblin showed Rosa.

 “She’s fun,” Taryn said.

Kristy Tumblin, the girls’ mother, got them involved in showing miniature horses when they were 2-years-old.

“They (the horses) are quiet, small and they (the girls) can handle them,” Kristy said.

 Joey Hunley, who is 11-years-old, also competed on Oct. 2.

“You go in and do things like walk and trot and then the judge inspects your horse,” he said. “You also show how you can control your horse and how he minds.”

There also were several adults who took part in the show.

“I’ve showed since I was little and now my son does too,” said Sarah Wheeler, who is originally from Bakersville, but has moved from the area. “I like to do it because it’s competitive and because of my passion for horses.”

Ron Shaw, from Shaw’s Quarter Horses in Warsaw also brought a horse to the show.

“Showmanship is about the horse and the person and how they work together and halter is mainly on the horse,” Shaw said.

He was competing with a 6-year-old Paint nicknamed Freckles.

“We usually show every year,” Shaw said. “We’ve been raising horses for 50 years and coming to the fair for close to 50 years.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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