For Hailey and Celeste Snyder of Boardman, the Canfield Fair means balancing schedules and keeping busy. The Boardman High School sophomores have a busy lifestyle that was apparent on Wednesday during the fair.
"They were at the fair caring for their horses in the early afternoon, had to leave to play a soccer match at the high school, then rushed back, changed clothes and competed in the Junior Fair horse ring," said the twins' mother, Debbie Snyder.
The girls are both members of the JV soccer team. They started their soccer careers at age six playing at St. Charles. From there, they entered the Boardman Soccer Association, where they competed until they entered high school. They are also involved in the symphony orchestra and in the French Club at the high school.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Boardman twins Hailey and Celeste Snyder, daughters of Debbie and Steve Snyder, live a very active life when the Canfield Fair rolls around, but they enjoy it. The BHS sophomores are pictured here with their horses, Harvest and Peetey.
As for horses, the girls started riding around age eight. They both joined the Horsin' Around 4-H Club and learned more about competing with horses. While they borrowed horses in their early years of riding, three years ago they each got their own horse as a Christmas present.
"We had been begging for our own horses since we started riding," Celeste said.
Since that surprise, the girls have been competing in about eight shows per year, including the Canfield Fair events.
Hailey's horse is a 12-year-old quarter-pony named Harvest. She competes with her in the Hunter Over Fences class and the Equitation Over Fences, which judges the rider. At the fair last week, she earned the Open High Point, which is equal to overall first place.
Celeste's horse is a six-year-old quarterhorse named Peetey. Unlike her sister, Celeste competes in the Western Pleasure class and in the Egg and Spoon, a fun class for riders. She does compete in a few contest classes with her sister. Between the two, mom and dad are kept moving.
"It's very busy and always interesting," Debbie said, "but it is fun to watch them grow."
While the twins are enjoying the present, they are both looking at the future. Hailey said she would like to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and Celeste hopes to get into equine therapy for race horces.