The Jim River Riders Horse Club hosts open horse shows that take place at the Brown County Fairgrounds in the Joe Akkerman Arena every second Sunday of the month starting in June and going through August, and the rain date is the second Sunday in September.
Anyone and everyone is allowed to compete in these shows. They have toddlers all the way through people that are 77 years old competing. There are age divisions, so everyone has a fair chance to win prizes at the end of the year. The prizes can be trophies, belt buckles, coats, tack, and many other things. The shows are meant for practice for our youth in 4-H and other horse related events. Some people make it fun, and others take it seriously; it all depends on the rider. It doesn't matter how well you ride, anyone can come and participate. On average they have about 20-30 participants per show, and they would like that to grow that number.
They have a variety of events such as showmanship, western pleasure, trail, reining, barrel racing, pole bending, flag race, key hole, and many other fun classes. Some of the participants from this year include; Raven Dutenhoffer, Faith Fliehs, Emma McFarland, Demi Trubenbach, Brianna Erdmann, Kadence Haug, Collin Springer, Paige Haug, Bryanna Haug, Doryian Hedges, Sarah Parkin, Brittany Walberg, Christina Dulik, Denise Dulik, Kennedy Ross, Danielle Podoll, Kaylee Braun, Mckayla Carda, Jo Lynn Jacobson, Katlyn Lehman, Krystyna Stucker, Janet Wright, Trey Wright, Kelly Burley, Kristen Erickson, Jessica Schumacher, Samantha Fehr, Val Kamen, Emily Kamen, Joni Boekelheide, Andrea Mulvenna, Kat Becker, Raechel Fliehs, Tracy Cutler, Leroy Bieber, Kelsea Wilkie, and a few others.
Samantha Fehr, 17, and a senior at Aberdeen Central High School, has been showing in the Jim River Riders horse shows since she was 8 years old. She has been "All-Around" for her age division for the years of 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. She uses the shows as practice for the 4-H horse show, the state 4-H horse show, 4-H rodeos, NBHA runs, and SDBRA runs. "The shows are a ton of fun and a lot of people seem to also be having fun. They have paid off for me. The competition at the shows has pushed me to get better throughout the years. This year I took Grand Champion at the Brown County Fair 4-H horse show in Barrel Racing and Pole Bending and got a purple down at state in Huron in barrel racing. I also qualified for the state 4-H rodeo. I took 2nd out of about 40 girls in barrel racing at the Sisseton 4-H rodeo; only the top 4 qualify to go on to state. Over the past few years the shows have slowly lost people, and that makes me sad. I have grown up with this club. I know for a fact others would love to show in the shows as well as the people that already do. I hope to see many new faces next year!"
Jim River Riders is on Facebook. You can look them up and add them as a friend. They will also be having a meeting where new officers will be elected, and anyone who is interested in the shows can come to this. The place and date of this meeting has yet to be determined, but it will be posted on their facebook page. If you have any questions for the club, please contact them on facebook.