Local Jeff McNally competes in cattle sorting at last year’s Horsin’ Around in the Cariboo.

Local Jeff McNally competes in cattle sorting at last year’s Horsin’ Around in the Cariboo.

Eagleview Equestrian Centre to host horse competition Saturday, Sunday

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

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

Beginning Saturday, April 6 and continuing on until Sunday, April 7, the centre will host its 2013 Horsin’ Around in the Cariboo, featuring its second annual Versatility Horse Competition.

The challenge, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, features horse jumping, a hoof n’ woof, barrel races, pole bending and dressage, while Sunday’s festivities will highlight the Graham Keith Memorial Cattle Sorting event and gymkhana, before the Versatility Horse Competition awards are presented.

Karen Yaworski, one of the event’s organizers, said the event is completely free and encourages anyone interested to come out to watch.

“We’ve got lots of different things going on,” she said. “Riders will be judged in the jumping and dressage parts — we have a judge and they’ll be awarded points.”

Additionally, a number of trade booths will be setup on site from local home-based businesses.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., the horse jumping takes centre stage, followed by the hoof n’ woof at 11 a.m., the barrel race and pole bending at 1 p.m. and the dressage event at 4 p.m.

Sunday, the event kicks off again at 10 a.m. with the Graham Keith Memorial Cattle Sorting, followed by gymkhana at 2 p.m. and the awards presentations at 4:30 p.m.

“The barrel race alone will probably bring in 50 or so riders,” she said. “And so far for the jumping event we’ve got 12 local competitors registered.

“The hoof n’ woof is a great crowd pleaser that involved a jumping course for people on a horse, followed by dogs from the dog agility group running a dog agility course.”

Eagleview Equestrian Centre is located at 2458 Tawny Way, just off Dog Creek Road, in Williams Lake.  For more information call 250-392-2584 or 250-398-8344.