Equestrian skills put on display at NIHJA hunter/jumper show in Palatine
Jessica Budinger,of Palatine, guides Pikant over a jump during the NIHJA show at Palatine Stables Saturday. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
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Updated: September 10, 2012 12:52PM
PALATINE — Sixty-three horses and their riders competed in The Northern Illinois Hunter/Jumper Association’s show at Palatine Stables Aug. 3-5.
The association has been around more than 30 years and gives owners and riders a place to show their horses, according to the group’s website.
Riders led horses through various skills competitions, including demonstrating walks, trots and canters, as well as guiding them over jumps of various designs and heights. With the 30th Summer Olympics going on in London, the sport is getting more exposure than usual.
While the Palatine show might have been a smaller stage than the Olympics, the riders’ enthusiasm was on display and could match that of their big-time counterparts.