Horsin’ Around event hosts first trainer challenge

If you love to ride horses or just like to watch them work, the place to be this weekend is at the Eagle View Equestrian Centre.

If you love to ride horses or just like to watch them work, the place to be this weekend is at the Eagle View Equestrian Centre.

Horsin’ Around in the Cariboo 2011 is featuring its first Cariboo Trainers Challenge at Eagle View April 29 to May 1.

The challenge features three trainers demonstrating their talent with horses, local trainer James Allan; Sean Windt from Kersley; and Ernest Kroeker from Williams Lake.

In addition to the trainers challenge the annual Horsing Around weekend features BCBRA/CBR Barrel Race on Saturday, at 1 p.m. and a two-man cattle sorting jackpot on Sunday at noon.

People are invited to come and participate or watch the action and browse through the many trade booths that will be set up, and enjoy some home cooking from the concession in between events.

The trainers demonstrating their skills in the trainers challenge each have their own unique method and style of training which makes the competition most informative and interesting for the audience, says Eagleview manager Lori Rankin.

Each has developed his/her skills in equine and human communication to the point of presenting their methods in clinics over the past few years.

She says the challenge is an opportunity for the trainers to present themselves to the public and for the public to observe what they have to offer.

Starting Friday evening the trainers challenge will be scored by three judges; on horse; on the trainer; and presentations to the audience during four round pen sessions.

The round-pen session will be Friday evening at 5:30 p.m.; Saturday at 8:30 a.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m.; and Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

The final round in the arena happens on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. without a round pen and involves tacking up, mounting, rail work and an obstacle course. Trainers have the option of loading the horse into a trailer or doing a freestyle presentation or both if time permits. Each session has a precise time limit.

For more information on Horsin Around contact Lori Rankin at 250-392-2584 or check out the web site at www.eagleviewequine.com