Horse Show Returns
For Bella Smith, Fairweather Equitation Center is a home away from home. The 11-year-old spends three-plus hours a day there, happily cleaning the stall that belongs to her 1,500-pound best friend Tyia.
It is a labor of love, and Smith puts all those hours in for a purpose.
“I really want to be able to jump well,” she said, watching other riders from outside the ring on Saturday.
On Saturday and Sunday, the equitation center hosted the Fireweed Classic Horse Show after a 10-year break. A lack of community interest and funding caused the decade-long hiatus, but this weekend, it was as if it had never stopped at all.
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Photos by Erin Laughlin | For the Juneau Empire