Cottonwood Horse Park celebrated its second-annual season opening on Monday with a Memorial Day chili cook-off, pony rides and riding demonstrations.
Presented by the Kachemak Bay Equestrian Association, the event acted as a fundraiser for the park and brought riders of all ages in to trot around the arena. Horsemanship demonstrations included barrel racing, pole bending, western horsemanship, reining, dressage, show jumping and natural horsemanship.
“This was a good chance for horse people of all disciplines to come together in one place,” said instructor and volunteer Leslie Whip.
In the chili cook-off competition, Linda Reinhart took top honors with her daffodil chili, picking up a grand prize of a dinner for two at The Saltry, in Halibut Cove and a ferry ride to the Cove aboard the Danny J. Reinhart also picked up a trophy for her efforts.
Although the impressive turnout helped to raise funds for Cottonwood, organizers say the horse park still needs to raise another $1,000 to make their land payment for the year. To donate, or just check out the horse park’s schedule of events for the summer, visit kbayequestrian.org.
Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience, and with picnic tables and a grassy knoll, the park makes a perfect spot for family fun.
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