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On November 3, about two months ago, my parents and I went to the Big E fairgrounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The first things you see when walking in are the different jumps and obstacles. We were at the Fantasia horse show. Fantasia was the most memorable experience I have had with my parents. This horse show exhibits many different styles of riding. For example, you could see people shooting, acting, and unique movements of dressage.

Out of all the different acts my favorite was the shooting. The goal was to shoot more balloons than your companions while riding a horse. This activity had the most competitors. The best female shooter just happened to be a retired school teacher; she shot every balloon she passed. She even ended up beating most of the male shooters. However, she was not good enough to beat one man who shot every balloon and ended with the best time. The person to come in last was a guy. He only ended up shooting 4 out of 10 balloons with the worst time. Though he was still had high spirits when he finished.

My second favorite part of the horse show was a man and his horse acting out scenes. During this act they did a segment about drinking and driving. The actor did this to show how dangerous it is to drink and drive through comedy. An example of the humor was when the man pretended to drink and he got bit by his horse. In another part of the act he pretended to crash like a drunk driver would do. He and his horse also gave a lesson on texting while driving and, to make it seem like the horse was the car, he made the horse swerve.

The last but not least were the different forms of dressage. Dressage is a form of riding that takes a lot of time and effort. Some people would say that the horse is dancing. And, those people are correct; dressage is basically moving the horse to the beat. There are lots of different moves to dressage. One of the hardest moves of dressage is called sustainable. This is when the horse jumps into the air kicks out there back legs. They also did many other moves such as half-pass. Half-pass is when the horse is moving forward and at the same time to the side.

Out of all the different places I have been with my parents the most memorable was going to the Fantasia horse show. I thought it was amazing that the guy and his horse prepared that whole segment and that those people were able to do dressage without missing a single step. Though the part that fascinated me the most out of all the different sections was the gun shooting. I will never forget the time I went to the Fantasia horse show.

Submitted by: "Julia H."

Ingredients You'll Need

1 pound lean ground beef
1.25 ounce package taco seasoning mix
16 ounce cans chili beans
1 head iceberg lettuce
14.5 ounce package tortilla chips
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped tomatoes
4 tablespoons sour cream
½ cup prepared salsa


In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef and drain excess fat. Stir in the taco seasoning, chili beans and French-style dressing. Fill the dressing bottle 2/3 full of water and add to the skillet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Crush the bag of chips, open the bag, and toss the broken chips into a large bowl with the lettuce, cheese and tomatoes. When the meat mixture is done, combine it with the lettuce, tomatoes, chips and mix well. Then, add salsa and sour cream.

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