THE SHIAWASSEE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS hosted the Eastern Michigan Arabian Association (EMAA) July 15 through 17, as the organization celebrates its 30-year anniversary. The three-day showbill included many introductory classes and 100 main ring classes, as well as open breed classes for non-Arabian horses. The family-oriented event provided classes for riders as young as two years old, with 35-and-older classes as well. The EMAA season consists of four competitions and runs from May to September, with the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds being a regular in the annual rotation.

Shown here is EMAA President Patricia Murley presenting the colors during the Sunday lunch break. She rode to “I’m Proud to be an American” and the “Star Spangled Banner” in honor of the 30th anniversary of the EMAA and the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

Many Shiawassee County riders participated in the event, and New Lothrop student Mallory Thorsby actually took first place in the 17-and-under Huntseat Equestrian Championship on Sunday. The win is the second of the season in the Huntseat Equestrian class for Thorsby and her horse, Mark. Thorsby is also a regular competitor at the Shiawassee County Fair and said she is hopeful county voters continue to support 4-H by approving the MSU 4-H Extension millage question on the Aug. 2 ballot. (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

EMAA at Shiawassee County Fairgrounds was last modified: July 28th, 2016 by Karen Elford