The River Grove Ranch Peruvian Pasos and Concord Stage acts have been crowned the People’s Choice and Best of Show category winners, respectively, at this year’s Wagon Days celebration over Labor Day.

Among equestrians, Peruvian Pasos are known as the smoothest-riding horses in the world. With minimal bobbing, horses “Misty,” commanded by Amanda Porino of Sun Valley, and “Rudy,” ridden by Sun Valley real estate agent Steve Riccabona, wowed the crowd on Aug. 31.

The Concord Stage was another smooth-rolling entry at the parade. Manufactured by Abbot Downing in the 1820s through the early 20th century, the historical stagecoach was the first of its kind to incorporate shock absorbance by suspending the coach body on thick leather straps.

Prior to the parade, five judges reviewed wagon entries up close for authenticity and craftsmanship. During the procession, horses and riders were evaluated on presentation.

Here are the other divisional winners:

  • Cart: The Get-away-cart
  • Coach: The Old Frontier Gang
  • Float: Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center
  • New Wagon: Marshfield Stage Co.
  • Open: Lincoln County Fair and Rodeo Junior Queen
  • Original/ Restored: The Susie Q Ranch and Zions Bank Hitch
  • Riding Club: Ketchum-Warm Springs Riding Club.

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