The Marcus horse arena will be a hub of activity during the Marcus Fair, as folks from Northwest Iowa will trot on in to participate in the competition. The horse committee is headed up by Jaci Seabloom, Kirk Letsche, Dr. Kristi Mason, Bart Alesch, Rod Ogren and Bruce Rainboth.
Entry fees are $2 per class. Ribbons will be awarded for first through fifth place. Prizes will be awarded for the first three. In timed events, riders can only ride twice in each event on different horses. All decisions by the judges will be final. A lunch stand will be on the grounds. Dogs must be on leashes.
Friday's game classes will begin at 6 p.m. with a ribbon race for eight and under participants followed by an egg and spoon for 12 and under. The third class is for ages 13 through 18 followed for those 19 and older.
After the kids class, the musical cones class will take place for 12 and under, 13-18 and those over 19. Then comes the flag race for three age groups, the barrel racing classes followed with the final event of poles in the three age groups.
Sunday will also be a huge day with events beginning at 10 a.m. starting with the halter classes including: all ponies under 56 inches and under, 2010 weaning fillies, 2009 yearling mares, 2008 and 2007 mares with aged mares four years old or older. In conclusion of this will be the naming of the grand champion mare and reserve champion.
The open riding in the arena comes up next. The five events are: lead line eight and under (cannot ride in class 11 or 12); walk trot 10 and under (also can't ride in class 10 or 12); Western Pleasure 12 and under (cannot ride in class 10 or 11); Western Pleasure 13-18 and finally Western Pleasure 19 and over.
After a break, will be the open costume class, the two and three year old snaffle or bosal pleasure which is open. The next three classes will be in trail for 12 and under, 13-18 and then 19 and over. Note the same horse can't be used in ranch pleasure which is the last two events, divided into 18 and under to 19 and over.
Anyone with more questions about these two day's events may contact Jaci Seabloom at 712-540-4292 or Kirk Letsche at 712-540-1084.