A Michigan native traveled just over four hours to compete in the Indiana Quarter Horse State Show at the Henry County Saddle Club this week. Kodie O'Boyle, 18, said that sometimes you have to travel farther for shows that cost more points.
"The more judges that come to the show means that there are more points to be given," explained Henry County Saddle Club Vice President Joy Miller. "Some days we have three judges and others we have four."
O'Boyle and her horse, Ain't I Sumthin', competed in the all around trail competition Thursday. The trail competition involves the horse and it's rider walking through a course, making as little noise and looking as little as possible. The more times the horse makes the clunking noise with it's hooves on the ground, the more points will be deducted from the overall score.
Despite having to travel far distances sometimes, O'Boyle thoroughly enjoys competition.
"I love how their [horses] personality and how quickly they can change their moods," she said. "You have to figure out how to work them and that's my favorite part about this."
As many as 1,800 people have come to Henry County over the past week for shows hosted by the Henry County Saddle Club. According to Miller, some of the entries have come from Florida, Pennsylvania and even as far as Canada to participate.
"We have about 260 horses entered this year and some of those riders have more than one horse here," Miller said.
The Henry County Saddle Club Indy Circuit ended Tuesday and the Indiana Quarter Horse runs until Sunday.
Since the horse show is bringing so many people to town, the community is getting involved in one way or another, according Henry County Saddle Club President Rebecca Baker.
"There are a lot of places that are getting more business from this show and it's great for the community," Baker said. "Primo and Montgomery Steakhouse provided our dinner the other night and Convenient Cleaners comes and picks up a lot of clothes every morning to wash."
Until Sunday, the quarter horse show will be going as late at 10 p.m. and admission is free. For upcoming Henry County Saddle Club events, visit their Facebook page, or www.hcsaddleclub.com.