Miniature horses included in Albrightsville Fire Company show
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Edgewood's Hush Hush shown by Renee Calllie won the showmanship class. Showmanship classes are judged on the handling of the horse with the handler being judged.
Two fire trucks on display at the horse show at Charles Getz' ring on Route 903 suddenly took off, but quickly returned when the call was cancelled. It was an automatic alarm at the Galleria.
The company had a bad season for brush fires and the total number of calls are running above last year's.
The Albrightsville Fire Company held the horse show as a benefit for the company. Lorraine Boyles provided the organizational work and was busy throughout the show.
Miniature horse classes for horses 38 inches or smaller were sponsored by the Keystone Miniature Horse Club. In addition there were special classes in honor of fathers on this Father's Day: a Father's Day lead line class open to all fathers and Jack Benny classes for riders 35 years or older.
The Jack Benny pleasure classes were sponsored "In loving memory of Jerry Goosney" and "In loving memory of our parents, Ron and Nancy Berger." The Jack Benny equitation classes were "In loving memory of John Potter, love, his daughter Sandra Potter" and "In loving memory of Horace and Ivy Berger, love, Bruce Berger.
Coors was a new sponsor and paid the judge and ring steward.
There were novice pleasure and novice equitation classes for riders in their first or second year of showing and green horse pleasure class for horses in their first or second year of being shown. It was a good show for someone getting a start in the sport.
The miniature horse costume class was "In loving memory of USMC Sgt. James Fordyce, love, Mom and Dad."
Mary Jane Hanson was the ring steward, a position in which she has experience. However, for this show she especially wanted to participate because of the high regard she placed on the judge, Dick Koehler.
She said, "I love to be the ring steward. It's different from being on them (the horses)."
Koehler trained and showed horses for over 40 years winning at regional and national shows in the United States and Canada. He trained horses for Ronald Reagan and Merv Griffin. One day Koehler took Griffin's horse on stage during the television show and Griffin showed him. Mort Lindsey, the orchestra leader for Merv Griffin, also had horses trained by Koehler.
He visited the Western Whitehouse when he was working with Reagan's Anglo-Arabian. It was named El Alamein and had been a gift from the president of Mexico. A picture of Reagan on the horse with an arm raised is still used on calendars, said Koehler.
Doc Holiday was back for more times than he could remember. He is from the Villa Roma Resort near the border of Pennsylvania and New York where he is entertainment director. Joy Holiday sang "The Star Spangled Banner" to start things off.
Emily Sigley was busy handing out the ribbons and trophies.
Doc Holiday said, "It's a nice cool day in the Poconos. Now would be a good time for a cupcake. There's great food cooking and it all benefits the Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company."
There were 35 classes and the gymkhana classes (timed), English and Western were interspersed so the same horses would not be returning to the ring so frequently without a break.
Claire Monica with Jacks took sixth place in the barrel dash and then came back in the next class racing a mini. They are led, not ridden, through a gymkhana pattern.