Jack-Pot Gymkhana coming to Donnelly

Monica Kippers, pictured above, was a participant in last year's Gymkhana
Monica Kippers, pictured above, was a participant in last year’s Gymkhana

Mac Olsen

Strap the saddle on, adjust your stirrups and bridle, then prepare to participate in barrel racing, pole bending, stakes, flag picking and keyhole.

The Jack-Pot Gymkhana event is being held at the Smoky River Ag Society grounds by Donnelly during the weekend of June 11-12. Riders from all over Alberta and B.C. are expected to participate.

“It’s been held in Donnelly for many years,” says organizer Jean-Marc Roussin. “We like to host this event for the Smoky River Ag Society, to ensure it continues for many years to come. This is a family event and the public is certainly welcome to attend.”

Registration begins at 9 a.m. both days. The event will start at noon on June 11 and at 11 a.m. on June 12. The registration fee is $25 each day and Western wear is required to participate.

Horse blankets will go to the overall high point score in each class. The Jack-Pot Gymkhana is valued at over $2,500.

There’s no gate fee and free camping is provided on site.

Roussin is look for an organization to run the concession stand both days. For more information, please call him at (780) 837-0092.

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