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Good Times Abound At Granite State

by George Liberty
DEERFIELD, N.H. - The Granite State Morgan Horse Show was held from June 20-22, at the Deerfield Fairgrounds in Deerfield, N.H. Two hundred and twenty-five horses were in attendance this year with great classes all around. Judging duties were held by Tim Roesink, (Geldings In Hand, Park Saddle, Park Harness, English Pleasure, Classic Pleasure Saddle, Pleasure Driving, Road Hack and Miscellaneous), John McDonald (Stallion In Hand, Mare In Hand, Classic Pleasure Driving, Hunter Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Saddle Seat, Hunter Seat and Western Seat Equitation, Walk/Trot/Jog Hunter/Western, Miscellaneous) and Margaret Freeman (Dressage).

Officials included Helen Fenton as manager, Mary Wahl as secretary, Shirley Hass as dressage manager and Sara Foy as youth coordinator. Peter Fenton manned his post as announcer along with Barry Caisse and Grace Yaglou as ringmasters. Terry Young served as photographer and had pictures up within a few classes. After Friday evening’s session, the annual strawberry shortcake social took place where friends could socialize. After great classes on Saturday evening, there was an exhibitors’ party to close out the evening’s festivities.

As the show went on, some exhibitors were asked the question: “Why do you come to Granite State and why do you show here?”

Mike Lapointe said he comes because, “it's like an outdoor old fashioned horse show with a great family atmosphere. More great horses come here every year.”

“It's my home grounds and it's where I grew up,” said David Rand. “I like to bring nice horses back to the grounds.”

Chris Cassenti added, “We come because of the people and the hospitality, along with the environment.”

Junior exhibitor Sarah Harb stated, “It's a fun experience where I can see my friends I haven't see in a while. I love Deerfield and I've shown here most of my career.”

“This is where my show ring debut was and I've always loved being in Deerfield,” said Max Liberty.

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