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Cazenovia residents take prizes at State Fair competitions

Jennifer Gurney, of Cazenovia, claimed first place in the Christy Nealer Memorial Hunter Classic. Her daughter, Ava, not pictured, claimed second place.

Jennifer Gurney, of Cazenovia, claimed first place in the Christy Nealer Memorial Hunter Classic. Her daughter, Ava, not pictured, claimed second place.

— The New York State Fair may have ended on Sept. 3, but the glory of the thousands of residents who won awards at the numerous fair competitions remains — and a number of Cazenovia residents have shared in that glory again this year.

The thousands of visitors who thronged the fair daily during its two-week run witnessed the skills and creations of Cazenovians in the horse arena, at the wine competition, and in the arts and crafts, fine arts, culinary and floral creations exhibits.

Mother and daughter, Jennifer and Ava Gurney finished first and second in the $1,000 Christy Nealer Memorial Hunter Classic at the fair on Aug. 27.

“I was leading with Ava in second after the first round, and they bring you back for the second round in reverse order. Ava put in a stellar second round on her horse, Namesake, to really put the pressure on me, but my horse, The Other Brother, had a great round for the win,” Jennifer said. “The class was named in memory of a wonderful woman, Christy Nealer, who passed away prematurely last fall and was a top equestrian. It was an honor to win it and accept the trophy from her mom Pam and sister Angela.”

In the commercial wine competition, Owera Vineyards won four medals: Gold for its 2011 Fontenac Gris; silver for its 2011 Chardonnay and its 2011 Cabernet Franc; and bronze for its 2011 Dry Reisling.

In the culinary competitions, Susan Reeve placed third in the Culinary C, Pot Luck Day, gluten free dish competition; and first in the Pie Day ethnic pie competition for her shoo fly pie. Theresa Reeve placed fourth in the Culinary C, Pot Luck Day, decorated cake – butter cream competition.

In the Fine Arts competitions, Ralph Beard Jr. placed second in the black and white or color photography competition, and Michael Chapin received an honorable mention for his submission to the fine arts – amateur competition.

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