Students show off their progress as equestrians at horse show

Boonville Daily News
Marcus Oswald was one of two high-point riders Sept. 26 at the Riley Equestrian Center's eighth annual horse show.

Students of the Riley Equine Center in Boonville showcased their progress in a horse show held Sept. 26 at the center at 17244 Doyle Road.

This was the eighth annual horse show in the center’s 10-year history. It was developed by the center’s Executive Director Bonnie Riley and a few hundred supporters.

The center is a therapeutic facility specializing in serving those with physical, mental and emotional challenges through equine therapy. The center also offers lessons to those who just want to learn to ride as well, according to a news release.

The show was judged by Dixie Taggert. Dale Taggert was the announceer and kept the crowd entertained. Janet Carpenter was the ring steward and worked side-by-side with Dixie Taggert.

There were participants from Cooper, Boone, Moniteau, Howard, and Saline Counties. There were seven divisions divided by riding expertise. Each rider competed in three different classes targeting different skills. Classes were Horsemanship, Trail Class, and Egg and Spoon.

Assisting with the event were Riley, Lead Instructor Everett Kuester and Assistant Instructor Bailey Sutherland. Kuester trains both students and volunteers and was an integral part of the production. Sutherland also worked tirelessly to make the show a success, the news release stated.

Safety regulations, including staff mask usage and sanitizing equipment between each rider were followed. Temperatures were taken at the gate and spectators were mindful of safety with most wearing masks and practicing social distancing, the release stated.

This show is made possible because many groups, companies, and individuals in the area that donated to provide rider sponsorships.

Other core people on the support staff were Ann Petty and Karla White, who helped with event operations. Petty also was in charge of sanitizing equipment between riders. Ann Kuester headed the saddling and unsaddling crew.

Taylor White and Tianna White and Sister Marissa Dean served as the sidewalking crew. They helped keep riders safe during event tasks.

Other help was provided by Mike Danner, Sheryl Jurgensmeyer, Katana Walker and Diana Thomas. Thomas provided the ribbons.

Paw and Danielle Sandburg and Genesis Herring took temperatures. Concessions were headed by Brandy O’Brian and Ashley McKenzie.

Kathleen Washburn was in charge of fundraising and administrative duties.

The obstacle course was set up and taken down by college students Devin King, Kip Soucie, Chanelle Wiliams, Matt Salcena, Ashley Klusmyer, Masoni Raney, Haviland Bevins, Darycka Brown and Genesis Herring, who also helped with leading, sidewalking and switching saddles.

The center always is looking for new riders and volunteers. More information is available by calling 660-537-0302 or visiting the center’s Facebook page.

Placements were (horsemanship, trail class, egg and spoon):


  • Alexander Purvis — 4th, 2nd, 4th
  • Travis Ard — 1st, 3rd, 2nd
  • Marcus Oswald — 2nd 1st, 1st
  • Peter John Newton — 3rd, 4th, 3rd


  • Brody Johns — 1st, 4th, 1st
  • Tyson Mills — 3rd, 2nd, 4th
  • Izzy Himmelberg — 4th, 3rd, 2nd
  • Mason Granneman — 2nd, 1st, 3rd


  • Emily Baslee — 1st, 3rd, 1st
  • Violet Washburn — 2nd, 1st, 2nd
  • Avery Humphrey — 3rd, 2nd, 3rd


  • Austin Espey — 3rd, 1st, 3rd
  • Ava Smith — 1st, 3rd, 1st
  • Sarah Ehlman — 2nd. 2nd. 2nd.


  • Kinley Swearingen — 2nd. 1st, 1st
  • Aurora Sandburg — 1st, 2nd, 2nd


  • Kaleia Morton — 2nd, 2nd, 2nd
  • Breck Campbell — 1st, 4th, 1st.
  • Isaiah Houi — 3rd, 1st, 3rd.
  • Dala Meyer — 4th, 3rd, 4th


  • Aydriah Mossman — 1st, 3rd, 1st
  • Hope O’Brian — 2nd, 1st, 4th
  • Hazel Roth — 3rd, 4th, 3rd
  • Lilly Washburn — 4th, 2nd, 2nd

Oswald and Swearingen tied as high-point riders.

Kinley Swearingen was a high-point rider Sept. 26 during the eighth annual horse show held at Riley Equestrian Center. The center offers equine therapy to individuals with physical, mental and emotional challenges.