Saddle club brings community fun

Santa Rosa County residents saddled up and chowed down Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Junes Ates Covered Arena in Milton for Seafood and Saddles.

The event featured barrel racing, a western-style horseback riding race in which riders must get their horses through tight turns around three barrels and out of the arena in the shortest time possible. The rider with the fastest time, usually no more than seconds, is the winner for each division.

There were also pony rides for children and homemade seafood. The event was put on by the Blackwater Saddle Club partnered with the Southeastern Dog Hunters Association, Members of the Baker High School JROTC and Milton High School National FFA Organization volunteered to assist with the presentation of colors, registration and keeping things running smoothly.

Event organizer Kyle Holley said the goal was to bring together all parts of the Santa Rosa community. That was why they held the event here, at the convergence of U.S. Highway 87 and U.S. Highway 90.

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Grace Sanborn, 14, races round the last barrel atop Sally during barrel racing competition at Seafood and Saddles Festival Saturday, Sept. 24. Grace and Sally took first place in the Youth 1D with a time of 16.2 seconds.

Grace Sanborn, 14, races round the last barrel atop Sally during barrel racing competition at Seafood and Saddles Festival Saturday, Sept. 24. Grace and Sally took first place in the Youth 1D with a time of 16.2 seconds.

Navarre resident Mackenzie Delillo, 7, rides atop Little Bit and asks questions about horses during Saturday’s rodeo event. Handler Danielle McLaughlin said she enjoyed letting children see what horses were all about.

Navarre resident Mackenzie Delillo, 7, rides atop Little Bit and asks questions about horses during Saturday’s rodeo event. Handler Danielle McLaughlin said she enjoyed letting children see what horses were all about.

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