Locals shine at national meet
Six riders out of Steve Fuller Stables at Lewisburg represented Marshall County during this past horse show season and the young horsemen came away with a bevy of honors at the season ending three-night championship show at the 37th Annual National Spotted Saddled Horse Association's World Grand Championship Horse Show on September 15-17 in Murfreesboro.
Fuller riders Josh Buttram, Lane Buttram, Jesika Buttram, Nancy Gustain, Anna Cloutier and Karly Cloutier brought home four sets of championship roses and other numerous awards.
"I am really proud of my rider's accomplishments during the championship show, but what the most important thing to me is that these kids are having fun, win or lose," Steve Fuller said.
Fuller Stables is one of the few in the state that focuses on youth riders as well as adults.
"Our riders are supported by family and friends and we are known as the Blue Crew," Fuller said. "Not only do my riders work with the horses, but the owners come out and ride. I encourage them to come ride their horses because----I can do all the training of the horse, but the rider/owner needs to know how to ride their horse."
Fuller, who has been a trainer for 12 years went on to say, "I enjoy having the kids out here learning not only how to ride, but also how to take care of the horses as well, there is a lot of responsibility in owning a horse and I want the kids to learn how to do it correctly."
The spotted saddled horse originated in South America and is a common breed, long known as a family riding horse because of its gentle disposition.
The spotted horse was breed with the Tennessee walking horse to create a horse with the gentle disposition and an exalted gait and the new breed was born and has been in competition for decades.
"We travel as far as Woodbury and Manchester," Fuller said. "It's a long Saturday on horse show day, but my crew really enjoys getting the horses ready for the show."
Now that the season is over, Fuller and his riders got back to work and are getting ready for next year's competitions, while at the same time, learning more and more each day about what it takes to care for the horses.
"We can't wait until April," Fuller said. "There is a lot that goes into training the horses and riders and I could not do it without the help of the Blue Crew."