A horse competition of a different kind comes to town on June 5 as the Stettler and District Ag Society hosts a ranch horse competition and sale on at Stettler Exhibition Grounds.
“Basically, it’s proving to be a very popular event and a good outlet for ranch horses that are well-broken and seasoned,” said Ted Nibourg, president of the Stettler and District Agricultural Society.
“Ranch horse competitions and sales are getting more popular.”
The events are part of the Heartland Horse Expo from June 4 to 6 that will feature approved mounted shooting competition, ranch roping, barrel racing, equine trade show open youth gymkhana English and Western demonstrations and clinics, cowboy church, cowboy poetry by Vic Stuckey and entertainment by Keister Family Fiddlers.
Competition starts on June 5 at 2 p.m. outdoors as horses five years and older will contest in a variety of events, before action moves indoors with sale preview at 5 p.m. at the sale at 7 p.m.
“We anticipate 12 horses in this competition,” said Nibourg
“They will compete in ranch-type events ant they will have a lot of miles on them.”
The top three horses will earn a buckle and prizes.
About 12 other younger horses will also compete.
For the various events of the competition, contestants will be required to:
• Lead horse to centre of arena, remove bridle and rebridle.
• Complete reining patterns.
• Box cow at end of the arena.
• Rope, track and stop cow.
• Drag log out into arena (circle out), back up and put log at starting point.
• Pick up slicker, ride 10 feet and hand slicker back on fence.
• Open and close gate.
• Load and unload horse from trailer (back horese out for most points).
Jerry Sinclair, Doug Duke and Nathan Neufeld will be the judges for the competition.
For the sale, buyers will bid for quality horses.
“They’ll get what they pay for – reasonably priced but not inexpensive,” said Nibourg.
“People buying these horses won’t necessarily use them for ranch work, they will use them for team roping, ranch roping, trail riding, and barrel racing.”
For more information, phone the agricultural society at 403-742-6288.