other, and scoring her first Novice Youth points at a big show. Levasseur is only 7 and was competing against youth in their upper teens. Grabowski, in the same class, placed first under one judge and second under the other. That’s how tough the class competition was.
Jenna Dawes won the Youth Western Pleasure class during the Region 5 competition using her horse, “Certain to be Invited” (Toby).
More recently, at the Talbot County Fair Horse Show, several Queen Anne’s County equestrians competed in the Open show, Friday, July 14. Dawes had an amazing show, winning every class she entered, except two — Trail and English Pleasure, which she placed second in both. She won Confirmation Halter Gelding with “Toby”, and then Toby won Overall Halter Champion for the fair. She also won the Under 14 Fitting & Showmanship class, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship and English Equitation classes. She was the High Point Champion for riders under 14 for the show.
Levasseur won the High Point Champion for the beginner division. Judge for the Talbot show was longtime equestrian Megan Wise.
Several other equestrians from Queen Anne’s County new to equestrian sport competed for the first time ever in the show, all doing respectable in their showing.
Lauren Levasseur, 6, of Centreville, competed in the Open horse show of the Talbot County Fair, Friday, July 14. Here, Lauren is pictured placing a hoody atop a jump pole during the Beginner Trail competition. Lauren won the class and was the Overall Beginner Champion for the show.
From the left, Trainer Karen Marx of Centreville stands proudly with some of her students, MaKenzie Miller, Lauren Levasseur, Jenna Dawes and Rachel Grabowski at the Dream Park Equestrian Center in Swedesboro, New Jersey. The students competed there June 21 — 25, during the Region 5 Quarter Horse championships and New Jersey Quarter Horse Assocation show. Each placed high in a variety of events.