Riders showcase quarter horses

Lucas Punkari

Throughout the summer, the sound of race engines is what is most commonly heard at the fairgrounds in Emo, as action at the Emo Speedway takes place every Saturday night.
However, this past weekend saw horsepower of a different kind taking place on the grounds, as the Borderland Quarter Horse Association held it’s annual horse show from Friday to Sunday.
“We have been hosting this event for a long time, and in fact my grandparents played a part in hosting it at one point,” BQHA president Kayla Caul Chartier explained.
“I think everyone that comes seems to enjoy it, and when the weather holds up, it usually turns out to be a good time” she added.
With 43 horses a part of the event, with the majority coming from Northwestern Ontario along with a few from Manitoba, the competition in the events was very tight during the weekend, though some who were unfamiliar with a quarter horse show may of wondered what in fact was going on.
“There is an event called the halter, which I would best describe as a muscle building contest as comparison for someone who hadn’t seen it before,” Caul Chartier explained.
“There is also the showmanship event, which involves doing a pattern on the ground with the horse, the obstacle class with the trail events, and the pleasure class where it’s judged on how the horse moves,” she added.
This past weekend’s event was also a chance for old friends to get together, as the quarter horse community is a fairly close one.
“We’ve all been together in the sport for quite a few years, and there’s some who have been in it for a long time,” Caul Chartier noted.
“We are involved with the Northern Superior Quarter Horse Association here, which is a combination of people from Emo and Dryden, and we get together a couple of times a year, so it’s nice to see everyone from there again,” she added.
While the next strictly quarter horse event won’t be until the fall in Brandon for some of the competitors, the only opportunity that local residents will have a chance to see just the quarter horses in person, besides at the fair, will not be until next year.
“The fair event is put on by the Whispering Pines Saddle Club, so there will be all different kinds of horses at that event,” Caul Chartier explained.
“But in our case, we only have the event here once a year, and it’s the same weekend every August,” she added.