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June 5, 2014

Farmers' Museum to present horse show

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Most classes in the show are also awarded points by the Chensego Hunter Association Inc., which go towards the points standings in the association.

Something that sets the horse show at The Farmers’ Museum apart are the jumps, a number of which have been crafted in the shape of iconic Cooperstown area landmarks, such as the carousel at The Farmers’ Museum, Kingfisher Tower and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

“They were all created here at The Farmers’ Museum … through our carpentry shop,” said Preston.

All registration for competitors is done on the day of the event.

“We never know until the day of (how many competitors will show up),” said Preston, who said that they had a good turn out of over 60 competitors last year. “We hope to so see the same if not more (this year).”

Admission to watch the show is free. 

There is also a luncheon under a tented area with ring-side seating. Tickets to the luncheon are $50 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under.

“We could have a few hundred people throughout the day between everything going on,” said Preston, including competitors and their families in these numbers.

All money raised from the horse show and surrounding activities goes to educational programs at The Farmers’ Museum after expenses. A crucial component of this fundraising effort comes in the form of sponsors.

“If it weren’t for our sponsors it would be very difficult to have a benefit,” said Preston.

Preston said she used to ride in horse shows when she was younger, but has never competed in the show at The Farmers’ Museum. This year, however, her daughter will be competing, in what will be her first competition.

“It’s so great to have a local horse show,” said Preston, who said that every year the show has gotten bigger. “It’s a very different show than it was 18 years ago.”

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