The final gymkhana of the Stettler series was held on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the indoor arena of the Stettler Agriplex, forced by the downpour earlier in the week.
The year-end overall winners were declared by categories, with Jayme Bolin of Stettler winning the age group 19-49, followed by Tammy Hronek of Erskine and Kelsey Bignell of Botha.
For the age six and under category, Kayla Hronek of Erskine was the winner, followed by Luke Hronek and Kayl Hawkins, both from Erskine again.
The winner for the age group seven to 10 was Skylar Hymers of Botha, followed by Bret Hymers of Botha and Morgan Kiemele of Hanna.
Lexa Bergstrom of Red Willow won the age group 11-18, followed by Stettler’s Emily Wright and Rachael Deaver.
For the 50 and above age group, the winner was Elva McAllister of Delburne, followed by Bonnie Kobi of Botha and Dwayne Bignell of Gadsby.
The series had been running throughout summer, once a month, beginning in June, giving an opportunity for all participants to accumulate points and add to their grand total.
Events in the gymkhana included pole bending, stake race, flag picking, thread the needle and barrel racing.
The first gymkhana was held in June 2014 and was a “huge success”.
This led it to become a series of four events.
“The support of the community, entrants and volunteers was so phenomenal that we decided to have another series again this year,” said Kelsey Bignell, one of the organizers. “Our objective with a gymkhana series is to create a fun environment for families to practice their horsemanship skills, and for kids to have fun with their horses!”
With requests to have winter gymkhanas, Bignell and co-organizer Tammy Hronek are looking into the prospect of organizing one.
“Tammy and I grew up doing events like these so we wanted to give the kids and youth in the community an opportunity to do the same,” said Bignell.