Better late than never for Huddleson


Scott Halasz | Greene County News Nicole Hackman leads her horse, Opie, through a pattern during the championship portion of the English showmanship at the Greene County Fair. She was named the grand champion of that class.


A girl and her miniature horse wait to enter the arena.


Fair King Mikal Porter leads his horse around the arena. He was reserve grand champion in showmanship.


Ashley Huddleson, who barely made it to the arena because of a scheduling conflict, finished second in the Novice English Showmanship class.


By Scott Halasz

shalasz@civitasmedia.com

XENIA — A funny thing happened to Ashley Huddleson when she was showing her goats Tuesday.

She was called to the horse arena for the first of her classes in the English Horse Show and couldn’t leave the goats.

But it didn’t end up being baaaaaaaaad for the 17-year-old Jamestown resident.

She made it in time — just in time — for the novice showmanship, as the last to enter the arena, and finished second in the class, qualifying her for the championship of the English showmanship.

While she didn’t place in that (only first and second were awarded), the Just Horsin’ Around 4-H member was pleased, given she had no time to work with her equine.

“It was just a little bit aggravating,” she said while relaxing under a tent. “Hopefully next year the scheduling will be different.”

Despite not being able to lunge her horse before the show, Huddleson was pleased with her zero-hour performance.

“I feel really good,” she said. “(But) I’ll have to get here way earlier next fair time.”

Nicole Hackman, 19, had no such hassle in being the showmanship grand champion. In her last year in 4-H her horse, Opie, won Senior English Showmanship class and the Open Halter as well. It was her first time being the high point.

“It’s fun,” the Just Horsin’ Around 4-H member said. “It’s kind of sad (being done with 4-H). He’s been good. I just wanted him to show well. That’s always the goal.”

The toughest thing for the Beavercreek resident was the waiting around for the championship portion in the heat.

“He wanted to take a nap,” Hackman said.

Fair King Mikal Porter was the reserve champion.

Scott Halasz | Greene County News Nicole Hackman leads her horse, Opie, through a pattern during the championship portion of the English showmanship at the Greene County Fair. She was named the grand champion of that class.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_DSC_2917.jpgScott Halasz | Greene County News Nicole Hackman leads her horse, Opie, through a pattern during the championship portion of the English showmanship at the Greene County Fair. She was named the grand champion of that class.

A girl and her miniature horse wait to enter the arena.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_DSC_2906.jpgA girl and her miniature horse wait to enter the arena.

Fair King Mikal Porter leads his horse around the arena. He was reserve grand champion in showmanship.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_DSC_2894.jpgFair King Mikal Porter leads his horse around the arena. He was reserve grand champion in showmanship.

Ashley Huddleson, who barely made it to the arena because of a scheduling conflict, finished second in the Novice English Showmanship class.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_DSC_2957.jpgAshley Huddleson, who barely made it to the arena because of a scheduling conflict, finished second in the Novice English Showmanship class.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

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