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Love of horses spurs young jumper toward national title

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By DANI BLACKBURN

Most typical 10-year-old girls do not spend their days dreaming of being the first 19-year-old to win a million dollar prize at the national horse jumping grand prix, but Bailey Robinson, fourth grader at Bowie Intermediate School, is not your typical girl.

For Bailey, riding horses has been important all of her short life. She was riding before she could walk, and competing by the age of three. Her parents also have always been in the horse business. Her dad, Mikal, is a horse trainer, and her mom, Wendy, competed as a child, but they say her love for horses is something she came across on her own.

“We love to watch her ride. We never pushed her to ride because we didn’t want our passion to be pushed on her, but she came into it on her own so it’s really special,” said Wendy. “It’s a family sport and we are doing it together.”

Mikal loves watching his daughter compete. “It’s great to see because she’s really intuitive and I love to watch it all happen. Things that happen for the first time she handles, and I will ask her how she knew to do whatever it was, and she will say she just knew.”

Bailey currently competes in hunter jumping competitions, usually two weekends every month. The young rider is headed to Kentucky in July to compete in the national competition for the United States Equestrian Federation, where almost 500 kids compete. Read the full feature in the weekend News.

 

 

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Commissioner’s court to appoint historical commissioner members to new terms

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Montague County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on Dec. 12.
The court will consider appointing members to the county historical commission for a two-year term.
A pair of requests from the sheriff’s office will be reviewed: A Correctional Communications services agreement with City Tele-Coin Company and the commissary services agreement with CTC Commissary. Both programs service the county jail.
Commissioners also will discuss adding uses to eDispatches for first responders. This communication service was added earlier in the year to assist with volunteer fire department communications.
A request to redistribute in the district attorney’s office victim assistance coordinator salaries to equal positions at $47,018.50 will be examined. The coordinator has left that job and the DA has been advertising to fill the vacancy.
The court will discuss the possible removal of a tree on the southwest corner of the courthouse, and also consider using federal COVID funds to finish concrete work on the courthouse yard.
A pair of preliminary plats for the Rhoades-Polk Subdivision 9.77 acres in precinct two and Kingdom Heights II 12.68 acres also in precinct two will be presented. Precinct three also will submit a request to accept unanticipated revenue of $3,000 from James Wagner for a cost-share for chip seal on Hinton Road.

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Pancakes with Santa serves some 300 meals

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Bowie Police Officers Marlon Bryant, Reserve Officer Travis Fuller and Officer Esteban Moreno visited with Santa after enjoying pancakes at Pancakes with Santa Saturday hosted by the Bowie Fire Department.
The ladies of the Bowie Fire Department Auxiliary helped serve up pancakes that were cooked up by the firefighters. They were very festive with their elf headbands.
This little one wanted mom, so it may be another year before he feels comfortable visit the Big Guy. (Photos by Barbara Green)
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Small town Christmas-Nocona style celebrated during the weekend

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Nocona hosted its Small Town Christmas Nocona Style Saturday night. (Top) Dan Fenoglio created his own unique holiday sleigh for the parade. (Bottom) Bob and Kristal Ferguson, 2022 Mardi Gras King and Queen were dressed for the holidays to remind folks Mardi Gras Nocona Style is coming in February. (Courtesy photos)

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