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Photo by Don Benjamin Six-year-old Easton Zeldenthuis from Crawford rode his horse Eeyore in last week's gymkhana. The western events are held every Wednesday evening throughout the summer at Cedaredge's Surface Creek Saddle Club.

The Surface Creek Saddle Club hosted this summer's first gymkhana event last Wednesday as horse enthusiasts of all ages crowded into the grandstands and arena east of downtown Cedaredge.

A gymkhana features horse and rider activities which demonstrate equestrian skills including barrel racing, pole bending, flag races, and a variety of fun events. Riders come from throughout Delta County and elsewhere in Colorado to compete for fun, points, and prizes.

Gymkhana riders compete in five age categories ranging from seven-year-old-and-under to adult. Competitors accumulate points toward local prizes awarded at the end of the gymkhana season and they also earn points to qualify for other rodeo competitions.

This year's "Saddle Series" gymkhana events will be held all summer on every Wednesday evening, with the exception of the Fourth of July. Gates open at 5 p.m. with contestant sign-up from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Competition begins at 6:45 p.m. and generally ends around 9 p.m. The arena is located at 24224 Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge.

Competitors must be members of the Surface Creek Saddle Club. Annual membership fees are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family. A one-day pass to accommodate competitors is available for $10. There is an additional cost of $7 per event, per day. Membership dues and event costs can be paid on the day of the gymkhana or in advance by contacting: Melinda Katchur via email at melindakatchur@gmail.com.

The next gymkhana is Wednesday, June 6.

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