Source: Valley Roadrunner

VC Vaqueros hold Rail Show

by The Valley Roadrunner

July 17, 2013

He may not have been elected Honorary Mayor this year, but Oklahoma Francis the mule still found a way to give back to his community, as he chipped in to help out the Valley Center Vaqueros in their Rail Show on Sunday afternoon.

The show also featured plenty of human and equine talent on display, as the Vaqueros awarded six champions and three reserve champions on the day.

The members-only show drew rave reviews from the Vaqueros on hand, including Julie Picot, the leader of the group's Young Riders program.

"We had a great turnout of competitors and volunteers," Picot says. "Our judge, Van Heggelund, did a great job at judging our riders and their horses. Oklahoma Francis was even there doing some volunteer work and having one of the Young Riders show him. He may have lost the Mayor’s race but he won just about every class he went in that day!"

Another pair of special guests were Erika Hunter, a local trainer, with her Mustang, Khaleesi. Hunter and Khaleesi are headed to Fort Worth, Texas to compete in the Mustang Million in September. The Mustang Million is an annual competition in which trainers are given 100 days to gentle a Mustang and then compete at the Mustang Million on it.

The Rail Show even had its own photographer, Christie Switzer, on hand to take photos of the competitors.

The High Point winners of the day were: Walk/Trot 12 and Under, Champion Amanda Bartlett, Reserve Champion Katy Carlyle; Walk/Trot 13-17, Champion Kelly Ryeback; Walk/Trot 18 and Over, Champion Debra Duncan; Walk/Trot/Canter 12 and Under, Champion Mia DiGiovanni; Walk/Trot/Canter 13-17, Champion Sierra Monroy, Reserve Champion Natalie Tate; Walk/Trot/Canter 18 and Over, Champion Robin Dixon, Reserve Champion Teri Nelson.

To see more photos from the event, visit the Vaqueros’ Facebook page by searching Facebook for “Valley Center Vaqueros,” or you can visit the group’s Web site at