LITTLE FALLS - There was a lot of horsing around Saturday at the 2007 Lakes Region Horse Fest at the Morrison County Fairgrounds in Little Falls.
Whether you were a horse owner wanting to learn how to evaluate your next horse purchase or a family wanting to go on a pony ride or watch the rodeo, there was something for everyone at the Horse Fest sponsored by the Little Falls Radio and Horse Sense.
Chris Grams, of Little Falls Radio and an organizer of the event that ran from Friday to Sunday, said this is the first time Little Falls has hosted the Horse Fest that draws the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and she hopes the event will continue.
Kathy Stoker-Spangler of Swartz Creek, Mich., rounded the second barrel in the Women's Barrel Racing event Saturday during the 2007 Lakes Region Horse Fest Rodeo in Little Falls.
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"We think there is an interest in this festival," said Grams. "This is a billion dollar industry in Minnesota alone. This is a real lifestyle trade show that is expanding in the rural areas."
Dave McSparron of Horse Sense said Horse Fest is great for people of all ages because of the various activities. Camp Ripley provided face painting and an inflatable obstacle for the children and the Kiwanis Club provided free pony rides.
Trish Tenold of Fort Ripley pushed her 14-month-old daughter Valerie in a rubber horse Saturday at one of the exhibit booths at the Morrison County Fairgrounds during the 2007 Lakes Region Horse Fest in Little Falls. The rubber horse was set up in The Barnyard Boutique, Little Falls, booth. Brainerd Dispatch/Jennifer Stockinger» Purchase reprints of this photo.
For the horse owners, there were seminars with topics that included pasture management, simplifying trailer loading and natural solutions to disease challenges.
For the grand show there was the rodeo where spectators got to see real cowboys do their tricks, including bareback riding, bull riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing. There also was entertainment by The Roosters and the Nielson White Band.
Cary Blechinger of Little Falls brought her three children for the family activities and they didn't forget to get cotton candy. Trish Tenold of Fort Ripley also came for the family fun with her 14-month-old daughter Valerie and 3-year-old son Jacob.
Nine-year-old Bridget Weidenbach of Little Falls rode the mechanical bull Saturday, one of the attractions at the Horse Fest. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
Jacob said the best part of the day was the cats at the petting zoo that was sponsored by the Morrison County Humane Society.
David and Laura Stevenson of Little Falls brought their two girls and a neighborhood friend to the event. The Stevensons, who own horses, came to learn more about horses through the seminars, as well as letting the girls have fun with the activities.
Three-year-old Carrie Zabinski of Bowlus played on one of the saddles that was for sale Saturday at the 2007 Lakes Region Horse Fest in Little Falls. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
"We're excited to see this come to Little Falls," said David Stevenson. "We usually have to travel somewhere to go to the different rodeos and horse clinics and this one is right here in our backyard."
Brett Mix of Kenney, Ill., competed Saturday in the 2007 Lakes Region Horse Fest Rodeo Bull Riding event in Little Falls.Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
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