FORT MILL — Special to the Fort Mill Times
Whether you like to ride high in the saddle, or just admire horses and displays of equestrian prowess, an event coming to town this weekend could be just the ticket.
More than 100 horseback riders from around the area will converge on Fort Mill to compete at the Anne Springs Close Greenway’s Spring Horse Show on Saturday. The event will include more than three dozen competition categories, including English, Western, Bareback, Gaited and Games classes.
The show starts at 9:30 a.m. and is free and open to spectators with paid daily admission to the Greenway. Barbecue and other refreshments will be sold.
“It’s a fun show for everybody, and mainly for the kids,” said John Morris, equestrian manager at the Greenway.
Saturday’s show is also an opportunity to learn how to compete in some of the events that will be showcased. Riders age 9 and older can participate in classes where they will learn pole bending, cloverleaf barrels and more.
Pole bending involves riding in a weaving path through a line of six poles. In barrel racing, riders navigate through a set of barrels placed in a clover-leaf pattern. Both exercises are timed with riders competing to complete the tracks in the shortest time.
The show also includes a lead-line class for riders between ages 2 and 7, in which children learn proper seat, leg and hand positions while a handler guides the horse.
Morris, who has worked at the Greenway since 2008, said he hopes more people come to participate in or just view the event.
The Greenway began hosting annual horse shows in 1995, but the spring show started just last year.
“The show has a good family atmosphere. Enjoy the weather. Enjoy the outside,” Morris said.
Registration costs $8 per horse and per class and is open prior to the event. The riding ring is at the Greenway’s Nature Center entrance off Hwy. 21 Bypass at Coltharp Road. For more information, go to ascgreenway.org.