You'd do anything for your best friend.
For Alexis Galloway and Maria Slack of the Scandia Trailblazers, getting up at the crack of dawn to feed and clean their horses is just part of the week at the Warren County Fair.
"It's a big responsibility, but really fun to go out and ride and meet people," Galloway said on Wednesday.
Times Observer photos by Ben Klein
Members of the Scandia Trailblazers, Alexis Galloway and her horse Blue, at bottom, and Maria Slack and her horse Mia, at top, are pictured at the Warren County Fair on Wednesday.
Standing in the stable of the 4-H Horse Barn, she was preparing to take Blue, her American Quarter horse out to the Leisure Ring to exercise. This is their first year in the Scandia Trailblazers and their first year at the fair.
Alexis and Blue took second and third place in the County 4-H Show on Tuesday.
In the stable next door, Maria Slack of Warren was preparing to take her horse Mia out with Galloway. Though she said Mia was being a bit of a "brat" earlier in the day, they were effortlessly riding and practicing in the Leisure Ring with Alexis and Blue.
"Where's your gray hair, you old lady," Slack said taking a poke at Mia's age of 25 while taking a break in the ring.
Over the past year, the foursome met through the Scandia Trailblazers and became friends after attending those competitions that mean you're up at 5:30 a.m. in the pouring rain to head to Garland or Cambridge Springs.
That responsibility and the dedication that comes with it is good thing, Maria's father, Harold Slack, said.
"It's a big responsibility for them," he said. "It's a good thing."
Alexis's mother, Angela Faga, and Maria's mother, Jennifer Slack, both said when the girls are off the horses they follow right behind them and if they had a bad day at school, they're stress relievers.
"You can see the difference," Slack said. "I'd have to say it's one of the best things that came into our lives."
"And it builds strong friendships. These two have a very good friendship and they do tons of stuff together," Faga said.
"They didn't really know each other before we started with the horses and now we go to shows together," Slack said.