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Lincoln, Candy produce sweet results in Carson City

While some teen-agers are spending their summer breaks horsing around, MaKenna Lincoln of South Lake Tahoe is having the best of times with her sweet horse Candy.

Lincoln, 14, rode Candy to the high point award at the Northern Nevada All Gaited Classic Horse Show June 24 and 25 at the Carson City Fairgrounds in Carson City.

During the two-day event, Lincoln won five first-place ribbons, two seconds, three thirds, a fourth and a fifth en route to the blue ribbon – first place – for her breed show championship class. She competed with adults, including professional riders, in her class, which included as many as 15 competitors per event.



“It’s just been a lot of work and we really seemed to be connected at this show. She was doing really well and I was doing really well,” Lincoln said.

Lincoln and her 6-year-old Kentucky Mountain saddle horse, Grandview’s Candy Alamode, competed in breed specific classes as well as classes open to other breeds. Her list of competitions varied as she tested Candy in performance, trail, obstacle and pleasure classes.




If that wasn’t enough, Lincoln filled in the idle time by subbing for her injured mom, Kristen, in the two-gait class. MaKenna and mom’s spotted saddle horse Dolly won the class, the timed gait race and the breed show championship class.

A frenetic schedule of events only seemed to bring out the best in Lincoln and her horses.

“It was very busy because I had a lot of quick changes of costumes, and I had to ride my mom’s horse western and my horse saddle seat,” Lincoln said.

Lincoln is a five-year veteran of horse shows and finds them more exhilarating than ever.

“It’s just one of my favorite things to do. I’ve loved it for what seems like forever and I want to continue doing them in the future,” she said.

Kristen, who enjoys the special bond she has with her daughters (11-year-old Rebecca also competes) on horses, believes MaKenna’s success is due to her daily workouts at Amacker Ranch and sojourns to the Carson Valley to ride when the weather becomes nasty in South Lake Tahoe.

“She spends a lot of time with her horse. We don’t have a trainer working with her horse; she does it. That’s one of the reasons she has a really good connection with her horse,” Kristen said.

Rebecca won two fifth-place ribbons while making her show debut in a junior class.

The Northern Nevada All Gaited Classic Horse Show is a showcase of the the variety of soft gaited breeds, including Kentucky Mountain and Spotted saddle horses, Missouri Fox Trotters, Paso Finos, Peruvian Pasos and Tennessee Walking horses.

The Northern Nevada Gaited Horse Club puts on the show annually.


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