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CCSP hosting Open Horse Show

Friday, August 21, 2009

Clay County Sheriff's Posse member Virginia Hill had a booth set up at National Night Out earlier this month. The posse will conduct its Open Horse Show Sept. 5. Times Staff File Photo. [Order this photo]
The Clay County Sheriff's Posse (CCSP) invites the public to their Open Horse Show, Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The office opens at 8 a.m., with the show starting promptly at 9 a.m.

There are 63 classes, with nine being 70-percent payback Open Classes, added money.

Food will be available at the concession stand by the Parke County 4-H, Horse & Pony Club.

Stall space is available by contacting Chrissy Tumey at 765-569-2236.

The Clay County Sheriff's Posse is a volunteer organization.

The mission is to establish an organization composed of people, who are qualified equestrians, have ATV's, and/or can provide necessary leg-work, located in the cities, towns and villages contingent to Clay County, Indiana.

The group assists the Sheriff of Clay County on any major or minor disaster, mission or search at his discretion and direction.

Proceeds from the show will support the CCSP in providing these efforts.

For show information or more information about the Clay County Sheriff's Posse, contact Victoria Hill and 812-878-0216 after 7 p.m., or Virginia Hill at 812-448-3715.

For those who did not see the CCSP page in Show Ring Magazine, they will e-mail anyone a copy of the "Showbill."

Send an e-mail to jinihi@claynet.com and one will be sent immediately.

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Clay County Posse, why not Clay County Fairgrounds. Not criticizing, just wondering?

-- Posted by opininated on Fri, Aug 21, 2009, at 10:34 PM


The Clay Co Fair Board was unable to come to an acceptable term for holding a fund raiser horse show at the fairgrounds. Maybe in the future there will be an opportunity for the Fair board to come to an agreement with us and we can hold our horse shows in our own county. Thank you for your interest.


Victoria Hill

President, CCSP

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Sat, Aug 22, 2009, at 11:05 PM

Victoria ~

Just a comment ~ was it the Clay County 4-H Council or the Horse & Pony Club that you spoke with?

Just wondering...............

-- Posted by karebabe on Sun, Aug 23, 2009, at 1:19 PM

It would be interesting to hear what the Fair Board has to say about this. Just one groups side of the story I can't trust. Who will be the judge and are they qualified?? They don't bother to tell you how much to enter!! Seems STRANGE to us. BEWARE !!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by fourhorses on Mon, Aug 24, 2009, at 7:58 AM

Could the disagreement have something to do with helmet rules or other rules being followed on Clay County fairgrounds?

Does no one else remember several years ago several posse members riding around during the county fair without helmets and out of area where horses were supposed to be; at least one with a poorly behaved animal as well. Very poor example for the 4H'ers at the very least. Especially when they were supposed to be auxiliary law enforcement personnel.

Just like wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle, chances of a more serious injury is there without one. I can only guess that fair board doesn't want to take on this liability in light of this past experience Maybe Parke county hasn't thought of this? Indiana Horseman's Association has a liability disclaimer but the helmet thing is a gray area. Would all possible safety precautions truly be in place if helmets weren't required by the property owner/manager? At all reputable stables that I know of they are and a waiver must also be signed by any who use the premises.

Might be nice if the posse could have a web site that explained their policies and had a show bill so it all could be spelled out in black and white for all interested parties. I'll wager that while some wouldn't attend if they had to wear helmets, others might allow their children to attend if they were required for all.

Maybe Victoria can comment on this in more detail.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Aug 24, 2009, at 8:49 AM


This was not a "bash the Posse" article. There was no disagreement between the Fair Board and the Posse as you so elude to. We just could not agree on a fee that we could afford to hold a fund raiser, it's that simple! It has nothing to do with anything except that. My phone number is clearly listed in the article if you had any questions.

Our duty was security and security we did at the direction of the Sheriff. We rode where we were told and that is all.

Fourhorses.... You may have a showbill sent to your email address complete with class fees or you can pick one up at my house. Yes, the Judge is more than qualified.

Karebabe...see my original comment.

Now, if you have any additional comments you may feel free to call me and we'll talk. My number is listed in the nice article.

Thank you all for taking the time to respond to this article and have a great day.

Victoria Hill

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Mon, Aug 24, 2009, at 10:30 AM

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