Trail Champion Credits Horse’s Surveillance Skills

PAWNEE CITY – The Pawnee County Fair’s top horse showman and trail rider credits her success to letting her horse get a good look and even a smell for obstacles around him.

Shelby Wilcox, the 15-year-old daughter of Deb and Mike Wilcox of Pawnee City, has ridden since she was two and has competed at the fair for 11 years.

She credits her 15-year-old horse Cherokee for handling the trail obstacles that include a rope fence, wooden bridge and collecting the mail.

Wilcox: “He knows most the things and doesn’t like jump away from them. He’s not skiddish about new things.”

Wilcox was one of two senior competitors to complete an obstacle where they had to lift a board off a barrel, carry it in a semi-circle and set it down on another barrel.

I let him smell the board and just kind of get used to it before I came up to it, closer, so I could grab the board and walk around.”

Judge Dani Spatz (spots) of Prague, Neb., has judged shows for 10 years and said she always enjoys the Pawnee County 4-Hers.

She said Wilcox, who also won the bareback pleasure class, is among a good group of riders and horses.

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Spatz: “She’s a nice exhibitor. She has a nice animal and has a lot of potential as a rider to go a long way.”

Garrett Ferguson was the top junior showman, Austin Branch showed the top pony and Anna Meints showed the top three-year-old mare.

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