A successful horseshow completed a great weekend for the Albrightsville Fire Company. On Saturday, June 26, its rescue truck placed first in the best equipped rescue pumper in the Four-County Firemen's Parade sponsored by the Walnutport-Slatington companies.
Then on Sunday the rain held off and its annual horseshow was a success though possibly with a few less horses because of the weather threat.
There were 33 classes and three high-point awards.
The vendors' strip had a Pocono Greyhound Adoption tent. There have been 300 adoptions since they began finding homes for dogs no longer wanted on the racetracks. In 2009 60 dogs were placed. For information call 570-856-0377.
Meadowview Saddlery of Quakertown offered everything from saddles to horse treats.
A huge Cooler of Goodness filled with snacks and a framed photograph of deer donated by John Stoj, president of the Carbon County Art League, were being raffled. Information about Stoj's work can be found at www.poconophotos.com .
Show officials were Pam Wuest, judge. who served as her own ringmaster; Doc Holiday, announcer; and Joy Holiday who sang the "Star Spangled Banner."
Holiday is the social director at Split Rock Resort. Judge Wuest owns County Line Quarterhorses and is a certified judge and a professional horseman with the American Paint Horse Association.
The veterinarian on call was Renny Shoop and Bob Hazzard served as blacksmith.
As he watched the riders go round the ring Doc Holiday said, "As the years fly by the riders are getting older," a reference that many of the same riders return year after year. "Give a shout to my very good friend Madison."
The fire company responded to a call but the truck was quickly returned to the showgrounds when the emergency was over.
"After a slightly late start the show went well," said Holiday. "These riders are part of the future of championships."
The high point awards for the Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company Benefit Horse Show were sponsored by Jim Thorpe National Bank and Wildoner Insurance Agency Inc. Winners were: English - Courtney Kraus riding Signature of Silk, Western - Rebecca Stroup riding As Slow As It Gets and Gymkhana division winner - Marissa Sharp riding EC Brass Design.
A special remembrance was offered for Edward Blew, a firefighter, who passed away on June 22, 2010. It was from his brother Al and family members.
On Sept. 5 a show will be held in Albrightsville to benefit Special Olympics.