Stettler Agriplex hosted the Frozen Futurity and Derby on Wednesday, March 25 with riders coming from all over western Canada, from communities spread over Manitoba in the east and B.C. in the west.
But the event was more than mere barrel racing for a fixed group of riders. Alongside Frozen Futurity and Derby, an event for horses aged between five and seven, there was also an adult pony race, an open race and a youth and peewee division race.
Overall, 43 futurity horses (horses that are five years old and have not been in competition before Dec. 1, 2014) and 40 derby horses (6-7 year old horses) were ridden by over 160 riders during the one-day event.
The open race had 148 entries and the youth and peewee races attracted more than 30 young riders.
All the adult pony race entry fees were donated to the Make A Wish foundation, according to the organizer of the event Melissa Thiessen.
More than $22,000 was paid in prize money to the winners in addition to various door prizes.
More than 150 spectators and participants helped the concession sell out all their food in the course the afternoon.
Partial results from the competition are as follows:
Futurity winner Andrea Udal on Streaking Ta Corona won $816 as the top prize. Carman Pozzobun on Pipn Lady was second place with a winning of $676 and Kayley Blair on Hes Major Perfect was third $535.17.
In the open race Andrea Udal was first again on the same horse with a prize of $302.91, Sydney Daines on Flame second with a prize money of $263.40 and Lacey Stanton on Lotsa Coctails third winning $223.89.
In the Frozen Derby. Marci Laye on Hopes Unleashed won the first place earning $739.50 and Colby Gilbert on Major Fit Bar was second winning $612.