PHOTO GALLERY: Boone County Fair Horse Show opens

Thursday, October 18, 2012 | 10:45 p.m. CDT
Lee Hulse holds his horse, Titan, as his horse shoes are tightened by farrier Mike Norris on Thursday at the Central Missouri Event Center, which also is the site for the annual Boone County Fair.

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Fair Horse Show started Thursday and will continue through Saturday at the Central Missouri Events Center.

Like those of many horses groomed for Boone County Fair Horse Show, the hooves of Lee Hulse's horse Titan have been painted black.

Frank Forgette sits in the back of his truck between shoeing horses Thursday at the Boone County fairgrounds. Forgette is one of two official farriers of the Boone County Fair Society Horse Show. If a horse loses a shoe during the show weekend, Forgette and his partner, Mike Norris, are on hand to fix the problem.

Metal horseshoes rest in Frank Forgette's van Thursday at the Boone County fairgrounds. Horseshoes come in different styles and materials to suit the various needs of the horses.

Liz Curtin, left, and Corie Allen groom Andrew, a 7-year-old American saddlebred for the Boone County Fair Society Horse Show on Thursday. Curtin and Allen are both students at William Woods University. Andrew wears a "slinky," a hood designed to keep him warm because his body hair has been clipped for the show.

Bryce Smithwick, a William Woods University student, holds a horse, Emmitt, while Francesca Fields grooms the tail, Thursday at the Boone County fairgrounds. Emmitt belongs to William Woods University, and students are responsible for grooming and caring for the horses before the show. Emmitt's show name is "My Paramour."

Supervising editor is Brian Kratzer.

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