Peruvian horse show returns
Events will get underway at 8:30 each morning and continue through the day, in both the indoor and outdoor arenas. The championships in each category will be held Sunday.
Brian McLoughlin, one of the organizers, anticipates around 65 horses coming from Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, as well as Washington, Nevada, California and Oregon. He said spectators will be admitted at no charge.
McLoughlin estimated there are fewer than 10,000 registered Peruvian Horses in North America. He said they are unshod and feature a distinctive gait.
They are descendants of a line of horses introduced into the New World by Spanish Conquistadors. One of their distinctive traits is their “brio” or heart. They display a tenacious drive, even in the face of adversity or pain — an important quality when riding into war.
The horses perform with a spirit of arrogance and exuberance. And they display amazing endurance, enabling them to perform for hours on end, seemingly tirelessly.
“The horse that covers the ground with the least effort is the most exceptional Peruvian,” McLoughlin said. He said the trail riding competition, held in the outdoor arena, is typically of greatest interest to spectators.
Two members of the group, Rich Ovenburg and Mary Vinton Folberg, are from McMinnville. And they were instrumental in fostering the return engagement.
McLoughlin said McMinnville is a beautiful community and offers attractive pricing for use of its facilities, making it an attractive venue.
For additional information, including a complete schedule, visit www.nphclub.com.