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