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Acreage Horseman’s Association Starts Show Circuit The Acreage is a rural community originally built with horse owners in mind. All of the streets were dirt back then: nice soft dirt, mind you, not shell rock. Vehicles drove slowly, and there were tons of vacant lots where you could practice jumping downed trees or tightening up that barrel pattern. We used to think nothing of saddling up, whistling for the dogs and heading out for a long ride — a bunch of people, horses and dogs who often ended up with more of all three than we’d started with. Those days are gone for good, but there’s a nice thing built just for horse owners that has increased in size and usage: Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park on Hamlin Blvd., which is home to the Acreage Horseman’s Association shows. Their new show circuit kicks off this month. Their year actually started last month, on Sept. 30, with an all-day open warm-up pleasure show. Around 60 enthusiastic riders attended. “Oh my gosh, it was huge, fantastic,” said Linda Rainbolt of the Acreage Horseman’s Association. “A lot of riders went in more than one class. Some classes had 15 entries. The feedback we got was wonderful. Everyone had fun and loved it. They really enjoyed the atmosphere.” Indeed they did. Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/ HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg Mackenzie Yeatman of Wellington, 10, was there with her pony, Amigo. She competed in showmanship, halter and a walk/jog class. “It was fun,” she said. “This is her second year showing here,” added Shannon Yeatman, her mom. “We enjoy coming to these shows. They’re very nice — everyone helps everyone else. Mackenzie has made a lot of friends here, even more than she has made at school. We really appreciate the camaraderie. I also like the way they keep the show moving right along. It goes pretty quick.” Sharon Hanley was there with her 11-yearold daughter, Breana, and Tiffy, their Quarter Horse mare. “The show moves along nicely,” Hanley agreed. “They’re very good at sticking to the schedule. I also like having the English and Western classes all together on the same day, one after the other. It makes it easy to switch tack. I also like using this park. It’s close by and easy to get to. We showed here last year, and we’re planning to do this year’s circuit.” Breana definitely enjoyed the show and

(Left) Mackenzie Yeatman on Amigo. (Right) Linda Sabol with Sugar. competed in both English and Western classes: showmanship and walk/jog in Western; walk/trot and walk/trot/individual canter in English. “I like the judges,” she said. “They give me good pointers, like how to improve my horse’s grooming, and also how to make my horse’s mane bands lay flat on her neck.”

Amy Woodruff and her daughter Elizabeth Bisaillon, both of The Acreage, were there to show. “I’ve seen a lot of new people here today,” said Bisaillon, who was showing in both English and Western, and placed first in the open walk/jog class. “I came last year and See ROSENBERG, page 26

Town-Crier Newspaper October 26, 2012  

Local news for Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, The Acreage

Town-Crier Newspaper October 26, 2012  

Local news for Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, The Acreage