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14  Gleaville Democrat/Pathfinder August 5, 1976 i INTENSITY AND RELAXATION-Sheila goes through several different moods during a horse show. At times she must clmcentrate fully and at others she can afford to sit back and lazily watch the others perform. Text ud photos by Paul |rowlt AT HOME IN THE SADDLE-Shefla Minney looks cooly confident when she enters a horse show ring. She's been competing for eight years and has won 50 trophies and 35 ribbons. I Beyond the show ring A FAMILY AFFAIR-There's al- ways a few representatives of Sheila's faratly on hand for her shows. In the above photo her sister, Glenda, helps her into her English riding attire. At right, proud father, Clark, hugs the rail as his daughter performs in the background. Sheila Minney, of Cedarville, is a veteran among Gilmer County horse show exhibitors. She started showing horses eight years ago when she was nine years old. She's won 50 trophies and 35 ribbons since her first horse show aboard a $7 Shetland Pony. But llke many young girls, Shefla has an affinity for horses that reaches beyond her weekend horse show performances. The trophies and ribbons are of secondary importance to her. She spends about ten hours riding each week. She doesn't call it pracce, she says it's fun. She also picks up a few dollars breaking horses for neighbors in the area The horse shows do, however, add another dimension to her life with horses. She enjoys training horses and derives a certain satisfaction by displaying her talents in horse show competition. "Winning isn't important to me. A lot of times I don't win but I don't let that bother me. I just like the competition," says Shells. Her father, Clark, concurs. "She never really gets angry if she doesn't win. Oh, she might say something if she thinks a judge is being unfair for some reason, but that's about all," he adds. Sheila has four sisters and a brother and most of the family usually accompanies her to the horse shows throughout the Gilmer, Braxton and Calhoun County region. They're around to lend a hand whenever they can and to offer encouraging words from beyond the show ring. Sheila had her toughest competi- tion of the year last weekend when she competed in the All Cash Glenvilla Elementary School Benefit horse show at the I.L. Morris farm east of Glenville. Over $700 in prizes drew contestants from all over West Virginia and parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio. She had won four trophies the previous weekend at a horse show in Sutton, but the judges and the competition were a bit different last weekend. Her first competition of the day was in the western pleasure class. She hadn't shown western pleasure for two years and she would be riding her brother's horse, Chloe. ' She didn't place in this event and the .frustration showed as she htwriedly prepared for her next class exhibit. "I wish I hadn't come," were her first words when she dismounted Chico. Her sister, Glenda, offered encouragement. "You did everything perfectly. Did you notice how he went right into a canter from a walk?" she asked. Sheila just shrugged as she grabbed her English riding attire and hurried off to change, for the next event. Her English Rowdy, didn't seem for a horse show of the morning and Shefla as she tried Clark Minney Rowdy and today competing against brought as much didn't place in her Rowdy, but she second try with Pleasure class. She She had proved Randy around the show friends end In her last egg and spoon now more relaxed event the object the First three gaitS. hand and a She took aboard the her brother's horse. She was of relief she day. She hadn't previous shows, was gfl and near she had changed thing. She really come. I IT TAKES A STEADY HAND-Sheila was very careful to keep this egg cradled in her simon during the egg and race. In s horse show in Sutton last week, she i dropped the egg and it broke on her lap. She did quite a bit better this week, as she took second place in the event. horses clean. She Ilive her west I shine before her first event. A MANICURE FOR CHICO-Shella says the ely part she doesn't like about horse shows is keeping her tack and