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Joy Smith and Flame enjoy competing

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SMITH: Joy Smith, of Rossville, and her horse Flame perform and compete with the Clinton County Bits ‘n’ Spurs Horsemanship Club.
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BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

Joy Smith, of Rossville, is one of the members of the Clinton County Bits ‘n’ Spurs horsemanship club who were on hand for color guard duty at the Draft Horse Pull Sunday at the Clinton County & 4-H Fair.

Joy was also slated to compete formally with 19-year-old Flame on Monday evening.

“I got him a year ago, and this is my second show,” said Joy. “We did pretty good at the first one.”

Joy and Flame were performing with the Bits ‘n’ Spurs drill team just for pleasure but would be ready for business when competing in the Horse & Pony Contesting Show. 

The competition is designed to demonstrate how well the rider controls their horse and how fast they finish the course.

Barrels, poles and flags are set up in a specific pattern in the arena for the rider and their horse to race around.

Of the different objects she has to navigate Flame around, Joy likes the poles the best.

“You get to run down, weave back, weave back and run back to the first end,” she said.