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      U.P. Equifest now in Norway

      It's a gathering for all who love horses and the sport of equine. U.P. Equifest's main attraction the championship show.

      "We worked real hard to try and qualify in as many events as we could, just because we're trying to do more all around. We aren't really sure what we're good at, so it was fun," said Nancy Zack.

      Around a hundred riders competed in three disciplines--the Western, English style, and speed discipline--over the weekend. The Western and English disciplines judge how well the horse performs, while the speed discipline looks at its timing.

      "I learned every competitor has their own view on things. I learned how to keep my barrels and my patterns more consistent," said Brooke Harris, rider.

      The participant with the most points wins the championship and a new saddle.

      "It gives them the recognition of what they've been working for all summer long. With the clinicians and the clinics here, it also gives them more education about horsemanship," said David Wells, Director.

      Equifest has more to offer than just the championship. They had sessions with feed representatives from Tribute Equine Nutrition.

      Horse trainers were also there, giving riders insight on ways to train their horse.

      "You are trying to get this animal to work with you instead of being intimidated to work with you. So that's the message to try and tell them. You can get a lot done with these guys if you become a partner with them," said Doug Tully.

      For those looking to get some gear, vendors were lined up with anything a rider could need.

      "I have a lot of show products, horse products. I do carry Tribute equine nutrition feeds," said Tammy Bohl.

      Equifest also had cowboy church, giving people the opportunity to attend a service in the morning. They hope Equifest continues to grow now that it's at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds.