Sun sparkled off of the red, white, and blue costumes of the Lady Liberty Drill Team as they rode in precision form at the Kutztown Fair Monday evening.
According to Lindsey Radies, the team members, Samantha and Lois Shelly, Annalyse Treat, Holly, Kayla, and Sara McIntyre, Grace Gdowik and Rosario Angstadt of R&R Stables, Fleetwood, have been practicing once to twice a week for the past seven weeks. Ron Angstadt, Rosario's husband, is on the fair's board of directors so when the idea came up for an equestrian event, boarders from R&R Stables were able to provide the entertainment.
In addition to the mounted team, Daphne Smith and Annalyse Treat, both from Mertztown, demonstrated the differences between the styles of English and Western riding.
While Smith wore the traditional English attire, her mount, Trixie, an American Shetland pony, was just as well fitted in English tack as well as having had her mane properly braided. Smith and Trixie demonstrated form and movement. They then showed off the sport of hunt by jumping over a low rail fence. Smith is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Riders.
'It's kind of nice because I'm in front of a whole bunch of people,' said Smith. 'We've been in parades before so she's kind of used to all the commotion.'
Treat, dressed in cowboy fashion, and her mount, Renegade, also demonstrated form and movement before wrapping up with the sport of barrel racing. Treat did her performance for her 4-H team leadership project.
'She is an avid 4-H member in the Rocky Mountain Riders; she is the president of the club. It's the 4-H's 100 birthday this year, so she decided to do this as her leadership project,' said Lois Shelly, Treat's mom, and added, 'We've been working on this for months.'
The equestrian event included the fun performance of Rosario and her trick horse, Marei.
'She's been working on training her probably about eight years,' said Ron Angstadt.
Marei, decked out in her own costume of red, white, and blue, showed the audience how she played basketball and tooted a horn. She even sat on a bean bag while sporting fashion accessories as well as performed maneuvers and other fun horse play.
The drill team will be showing off its maneuvers again Friday evening.
The fair is running this week through Saturday. Gates open at 4 p.m. except Saturday at 2 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.kutztownfairgrounds.com/fair/mainpage.htm or call 610-683-7696.