WARRENVILLE--It was easy to see what kind of day it was going to be for Brandy Lemke and Cheyenne after their first few runs.

The rider/horse combination competed Sunday at the Almost Heaven Stables show.

Lemke has had the Thoroughbred-Arabian cross since the mare was 1 1/2-years-old.

“She's seven now,” said Lemke, who trains the horse. ”I've taught her everything she knows. She absolutely loves to run.”

It's the relaxed environment and camaraderie enjoyed by the participants that Lemke enjoys most about competing in the Almost Heaven Stables Shows.

“I love the friendly atmosphere,” said Lemke. “It's a great place to let loose and have fun. You don't have to worry about who's better, and who's not. You just have fun, and that's what it's about.”

The horseman competes in National Barrel Horse Association events, and works with Cheyenne daily as part of the horse's training routine.

“Not a day goes by where we don't practice,” said Lemke.

The rider/horse combination turned in several of the fastest times during their runs at the show.

“We do a lot of slow work, as fast as we go, we have to go slow to stay in check,” said Lemke. “We have to stay focused and level headed because if you add speed to the equation, you're going to find yourself with a horse that doesn't want to do anything.”