Fayette County Junior Fair Horse Queen Abbie Noble was named the 2014 Overall Horse Showman Tuesday morning.
The annual horse show began at 9 a.m. with a clear day ahead. Due to a large amount of rain water sitting in the main arena the showmanship portion of the show was moved to the smaller arena adjacent to the main arena.
The horse show takes the first and second from each showmanship class to compete in the overall showman class. This year nine qualified and seven competed.
The course was difficult, even for the most advanced horse showman, with large trotting distances, a 450 degree pivot, and a wet arena. Each exhibitor gave their all in an attempt to represent the horse department at the Showman of Showmen class on Saturday.
After a rigorous competition, Noble was announced as the 2014 Overall Horse Showman.
Noble shared her excitement with everyone as she exited the arena.
“I think I can win (Saturday),” Noble said. “I am optimistic, but I cannot say 100 percent that I will win.”
As the overall horse showman, Noble has to become acquainted with all of the animals that are part of the Showman of Showmen class. This includes hogs, cows, dogs, and many more show animals.
“I definitely need to try and learn how to show all of the animals,” Noble said. “I am worried about the turkey though, turkeys scare me. And I am looking forward to showing the rabbit and sheep.”