The eighth annual North Coast Benefit Horse Show Series kicks off this weekend at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds, for the first of its three shows for 2003.

Participants should arrive after 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 1; the arena will open from 3 to 6 p.m. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and continues at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 2. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. Concessions will be available.

Categories include Novice (must not have won three firsts in division); Maiden (must not have won one first in division); and Green (must not have been shown prior to Dec. 1, 2002). Registration papers are required in breed classes. No donkey or mules are allowed.

There will be various competitive categories in English, Western and Showmanship, plus trail, halter, easy gait, lead line and 4-H English and Western.

The same horse and rider must show at two of the three shows to be eligible for the High Point Awards.

The judge for the first show is Dale Waite; steward is Pat Berger.

For an entry sheet, stall reservation or more information, contact Don Stultz at (503) 458-6413.

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