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Riders from 2 to 82 can take part in wonderful fun at the Gymkhana events at the Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Center. If your horse is speedy, you might win. If not, youíve just had a day of fun and friendship. Itís really a no-loser!

The final Gymkhana took place Oct. 2, and the faithful chair persons were Lena Williams and Kathy Fortier. These two ladies and their helpers provided so much joy for many people, because this is also a spectator sport. Roger Fortier keeps the ring in perfect shape, especially at the barrels where the horses and riders go whizzing around. Itís also a great way for kids to have a good time on their horses. Itís something different to do than trail riding and really requiring no formal lessons Ė just practice. The Santa Ynez Valley provides space for keeping horses, and horses keep kids busy and happy. (Christmas is coming!)

Hereís some inside information for this event: Pole Bending is weaving in and out of poles on horseback. The lead line class is for little kids whose riding skills are limited, and itís safer for an adult to lead their horse. This gets the tots started on having a good time with horses in complete safety. It seems as if kind horses know that they must take care when a young or fragile person is riding them. A special ďthank youĒ to Platinum Performance for all their support.


Pole bending

Lead Line 1. Sadie Veino. 2. Morgan Cossa. 3. Shianne Stamper. 4 Sadie Grant.

6 years and under 1. Fallon Ruffoni. 2. Haleigh Grant. 3. Sage Pearce. 4. Josie Periera.

Ages 7-9 1. Braidyn Cossa. 2.Riley Rimrod. 3. Aubrey Luis. 4. Nicolette Geaugue.

Ages 10-12 1. Sadie Levine. 2. Samantha Cooper. 3. Kelsi Pond. 4. Rileigh Wullbrandt.

Ages-13-17 1. Audrey Ponce. 2. Meghann McNulty. 3. Kendall Mickey. 4. Melissa Fortier.

Ages 18-29 1. Haley Aquino. 2. Casey Fowler. 3. Raven Araujo. 4. Ashley Salter.

Ages 30 and over 1. Melissa Roberts. 2. Jeanette Vieno. 3. Celia Westburry.


Barrel racing

Lead Line 1. Morgan Cossa. 2. Shianne Stamper. 3. Sadie Vieno. 4. Sadie Grant.

Ages 6 years and under 1. Haleigh Grant. 2. Fallon Ruffoni. 3. Sage Pearce. 4. Josie Pereira.

Ages 7-9 1. Riley Rimrodt. 2. Braidyn Cossa. 3. Aubrey Luis. 4. Nikole Geaugue.

Ages 10-12 1. Sadie Levine. 2. Samantha Cooper. 3. Corrin Bowman. 4. Rileigh Wullbrandt.

Ages 13-17 1. Shelby Dugger. 2. Melissa Fortier. 3. Sydney Westburry, 4. Meghann McNulty.

Ages 18-29 1. Haley Aquino. 2. Raven Araujo. 3. Casey Fowler. 4. Ashley Salter.

Ages 30 and over 1. Melissa Roberts. 2. Jeanette Veinp. 3. Celia Westburry. 4. Lou Bender.


Keyhole

>Lead Line 1 Morgan Cossa, 2. Sadie Veino. 3. Sadie Grant.

Ages 6 years and under 1. Sage Pearce. 2. Josie Pereira. 3. Gracen Hayes. 4. Alexius Jones.

Ages 7-9 1. Aubrey Luis. 2. Braidyn Cossa. 3. Nikole Geaugue.

Ages 10-12 1. Kaitlyn Fleming.

Ages 13-17 1. Meghann McNulty. 2. Elizabeth Swanson. 3. Kendall Mickey.

Ages 18-29 1. Haley Aquino. 2. Casey Fowler.

Ages 30 and over 1. Jeanette Veino. 2. Melissa Roberts.


Single stake

Lead Line 1. Morgan Cossa. 2. Sadie Veino. 3. Sadie Grant.

Ages 6 and under 1. Haleigh Grant. 2. Fallon Ruffoni. 3. Gracen Hayes. 4. Sage Pearce.

Ages 7-9 1.Riley Rimrodt. 2. Braidyn Cossa. 3. Aubrey Luis. 4. Nikole Geaugue.

Ages 10-12 1. Sadie Levine. 2. Corrin Bowman. 3. Samantha Cooper. 4. MacKenzie Perez.

Ages 13-17 1. Shelby Dugger. 2. Kendall Mickey. 3. Meghann McNulty. 4. Audrey Ponce.

Ages 18-29 1. Raven Araujo. 2. Haley Aquino. 3. Casey Fowler.

Ages 30 and over 1. Melissa Roberts. 2. Jeanette Veino. 3. Celia Westburry. 4. Rhonda Ruffoni.


Speed Barrels

Lead Line 1 Morgan Cossa. 2. Sadie Veino. 3. Sadie Grant.

Ages 6 years and under 1. Fallon Ruffoni. 2. Sage Pearce. 3. Gracen Hayes. 4. Josie Pereira.

Ages 7-9 1. Braidyn Cossa. 2. Aubrey Luis. 3. Riley Rimrodt. 4. Nikole Geaugue.

Ages 10-12 1. Sadie Levine. 2. Corrin Bowman. 3. Samantha Cooper. 4. MacKenzie Perez.

Ages 13-17 1. Shelby Dugger. 2. Kendall Mickey. 3. Meghann McNulty. 4. Audrey Ponce.

Ages 18-29 1. Raven Araujo. 2. Hayley Aquino. 3. Casey Fowler.

Ages 30 and over 1. Melissa Roberts. 2. Jeanette Veino. 3. Celia Westburry. 4. Rhonda Ruffoni.