2018-08-11 / Top News

Riders Gather for Mary Milton Show

By Marley Tucker


Megan Cotton on Fiona with their third place ribbon in the unassisted Walk and Trot. Megan Cotton on Fiona with their third place ribbon in the unassisted Walk and Trot. The 49th Mary Milton Memorial Horse Show, a competition and display of equestrian skills staged Saturday, August 4, in Great Turtle Park, drew young riders and nearly 50 sponsors.

Youngsters from the Mackinac Community Equestrian Center, Mackinac Island 4-H Club, and Mackinac Island Children’s Riding Academy showed spectators what they had learned about riding this season. Despite an intermittent threat of rain, the event had one of the largest turnouts in recent years, according to Equestrian Center Program Manager Ashley Day.

Trish Martin, who shared event commentary with Candi Dunnigan, told the crowd, “A lot of work goes into making this event happen, and this show has been going on for a long time – ever since I was younger. I see some of our former riders here and I believe that next year is our 50th anniversary of this event. It would be nice for more generational riders to get involved in the future.”


Sophie Bailey on Lacey in the Flag Race. Sophie Bailey on Lacey in the Flag Race. Participant Kailyn McGuire of Chelsea has been horseback riding for many years and her family has been coming to the Island since her grandfather participated in the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island race.

“When I found that there was a center on the Island where you could ride horses and take lessons, I was hooked,” she said. She fashioned the tail of her horse, Ruffian, in a tight braid for competition.

The horse show is named after the late Mary Milton, a mentor to many young riders and organizer of the original horse show. If anyone needed a horse or the answer to a question, she was the person to see, said Janet Stingel, the event coordinator.

While striving for improvement, contestants demonstrate their skills and are awarded ribbons and trophies. They completed tasks such as trotting their horse around the arena while balancing a cup of water to see who would spill the least. After each event, riders lined up in front of the judge awaiting her comments and deliberations.


Kailyn McGuire traveled from Chelsea with her family to compete in the Mary Milton Memorial Horse Show. Kailyn McGuire traveled from Chelsea with her family to compete in the Mary Milton Memorial Horse Show. While 4-H leader and instructor Leanne Brodeur helped set up each course for contestants, judge Gabrielle Deters-Snider prepared her notes for the next round of riders. She has been a Michigan 4-H horse judge for five years, has owned Determination Farm and Equestrian Center in Nunica for 13 years, and is a board member of the Pinto Horse Association of America.

“It’s been so fun this year,” said 4-H member Megan Cotton. “I like being with my friends and all of the horses are so funny. I like the events we have this year.”

Ms. Day saw improvement in the riders presenting at the show and said she is proud of how well they handled their horses, especially in unaccustomed events.

This year’s show was sponsored by Candi and Brian Dunnigan, Jack and Karen Barnwell, Sandra and Debra Orr, Tony and Loretta Spata, Janet and Jay Stingel, Valerie and Phil Porter, Jim Kevern, Andrew Doud, Doud’s Market, Vicki and Dick Riel, Trish Martin, Bogan Lane Inn, the Chambers Family, Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, Mackinac Arts Council, Millie’s Restaurant, Star Line, Doug and Carol Rearick, Mary Dufina, Suzanne Padilla, Dennis and Cynthia Cawthorne, Bruce Goodwin, and Peter Pellerito and Lisa Brock.

Mary Milton Memorial Horse Show Results

Mary Milton Memorial Costume (open to all ages)

Sponsored by Suzanne Milton Padilla

1. Stephanie Crane

2. Loretta Spitzer

Gun Game – Tack up Race

Sponsored by Dennis and Cynthia Cawthorne

1. Claire Dunnigan

2. Kailyn McGuire

Lead Line, 10 and Younger

Sponsored by Loretta and Tony Spata

Lilia Mudd, Reed Barnwell, Jadyn Rickley, Emma Stark, Margo Belonge: everybody is a winner, the judge said.

Carrot Toss, 18 and Younger

Sponsored by Andrew Doud, Doud’s Market

1. Sophie Beach

2. Rachel Hubel

3. Kailyn McGuire

Walk, Trot – Unassisted – English or Western, 18 and Younger

Sponsored by Candi and Brian Dunnigan and Trish Martin, Bogan Lane Inn

1. Makayla Rickley

2. Charlotte Chambers

3. Megan Cotton

Trail

Sponsored by Debra and Sandra Orr

12 and Younger

1. Anna Kaminen

13-18

1. Ariana Straus

2. Rachel Hubel

3. Sophie Beach

Adult

1. Loretta Spitzer

2. Claire Dunnigan

3. Stephanie Crane

Walk, Trot, Canter, English

Sponsored by Valerie and Phil Porter

11 and Younger

1. Anna Kaminen

12-18

1. Kailyn McGuire

2. Alexia Goodwin

3. Jordan Goodwin

Adult

1. Joan Goodwin

2. Loretta Spitzer

3. Stephanie Crane

Walk, Trot, Canter, Western

Sponsored by Vicki and Dick Riel

12-18

1. Ariana Straus

2. Makayla Rickley

3. Rachel Hubel

Fun Game – Glass of Water Balance

Sponsored by Peter Pellerito and Lisa Brock

1. Rachel Hubel

2. Alexia Goodwin

3. Nora Bailey

X Rails and Six-inch Rail – 18 and Under

Sponsored by Millie’s Restaurant

1. Jordan Goodwin

2. Alexia Goodwin

Hope Goodwin Hunter Hack

Sponsored by Jim Kevern and Bruce Goodwin

1. Jordan Goodwin

2. Alexia Goodwin

Flag Race

Sponsored by Mary Dufina

1. Ariana Straus

2. Makalya Rickley

3. Sophie Beach

Rusty Cup – Senior Simon Says – Adults 19 and Up

Sponsored by Doug and Carol Rearick

1. Loretta Spitzer

2. Joan Goodwin

3. Stephanie Crane

Barrels

Sponsored by Karen and Jack Barnwell

1. Rachel Hubel

2. Nora Bailey

3. Jordan Goodwin

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