A horseshow to benefit Special Olympics of Carbon County was held Sunday at the Getz' farm arena on Route 903.
Taylor Tonellis was named the youth high-point English champion riding Sonny D's Request and then came back to win the youth high-point Western championship riding Vision Makers Tease. She donated the two $50 prizes she won for the championships to Special Olympics.
The Western high-point championship was earned by Rebecca Stroup. Diane Mantz won the gymkhana championship.
Announcer Doc Holiday kept saying how nice the cloudy day was because it kept it cool but when the nearby fire siren went off he said, "That means the sun will be coming out." It didn't.
"Special Olympics is a great cause," he said. Shannon Bonser was interning at the announcing table.
A stick horse class was held after the lunch break. Recognized were two past stick horse winners who each won five times and one who won six times. They were Charles Getz for the years 1939 to 1943, Kenny Detweiler for 1951 to 1955 and Doug Enck, 1956 to 1961. He said that was where Enck got his start in horseshowing. As far as Holiday knows they are the only people to win a stick horse contest five times in a row in Pennsylvania.
Since Judge Dave Zanders said it was too tough to choose a winner, each entry received a blue ribbon. The ring steward was Gail Zanders.
"These are our future show riders," said Holiday.
Detweiler donated $100 to Special Olympics and provided the electronic timer for the gymkhana classes.
Courtney McCall was the "prize" girl who handed riders their ribbons and trophies. She was helped by her mother Betty McCall.
"We're just volunteers," said Mom.
Holiday kept enticing people to the food stand and reminded them there was a chinese auction in the garage. He announced that Special Olympics will be holding three days of bingo at the Palmerton Community festival Sept. 9-11.
Hickory Valley Equestrian Center provided apples and peppermints for anyone to "help themselves."
Class 20 was sponsored by Dave and Christine Rodrigues of Palmerton in honor of "all Special Olympics athletes." Jim and Barbara Smith's sponsorship was, "A special thank you to good friends Charles and Carol Getz for their kindness and generosity to the Special Olympics of Carbon County."
Clown Ella Tomala was doing face painting. Plaques were presented to the Getzes and to Joan Kastro, treasurer and recording secretary of Special Olympics and organizer
of the show.
Before people left for home, Holiday said they should each invite five horsemen to accompany them to the show next year. It's a great family day - free to get in, free to park, he said.