Saddling up for some competition

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Some of the best horse reiners in the region will be saddling up this weekend at Sumac Farms as the stable hosts its fourth annual Sumac Slide.

Rhonas Thompson, is organizing the fourth annual Sumac Slide which is being held today. 

Reining is a competition in which the rider tries to move their horse through manoeuvres as smoothly as possible with little noticeable guidance. The sport has been compared to figure skating for the athletics and ease the horses move with. One of the best known parts of reining is the dramatic sliding stops the horses make which send clouds of dust into the air.

The competition gets underway at 8 a.m. Saturday at Sumac Farms, 7480 Pictou Landing Road in Chance Harbor. There have been more than 120 entries so far with reining horses and competitors from Newfoundland to Fredericton coming to compete.

The ultimate reiner class unique to this show has 30 entries already, with $2,500 added prize money. This class is to entice beginners to the sport.

“We have five local riders entered in this class and encourage the public to come and cheer them on,” said Rhonas Thompson, who is organizing the event.

She said the event has grown a lot since they first started four years ago.

“People have to enter a lot earlier to get in,” she said. “That’s a good sign.”

Admission is free with donations going to the local Little Harbour Fire Department welcomed. Lunch and snacks will be provided by Louis Cozy Corner. For more information contact 759-0931.


Organizations: Little Harbour Fire Department

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Fredericton

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