The second annual Cayuse Classic is June 16 at Sidney Peak Ranch. If the first year was any indication, this event will be a great opportunity for anyone who has a love of the Yampa Valley, agriculture, horses and people.
Last year's inaugural Cayuse Classic attracted a diverse group of people to the dinner and auction, which was held inside the indoor riding arena at Sidney Peak Ranch. There were visitors to the valley (one couple was from Israel), new residents, longtime residents, ranching families and business people young and old. At one point of the evening, everyone was asked how long they had lived in the valley - less than five years, five to 10 years, 10 to 25 years, etc. In the end, there were four people who had lived in the valley for more than 80 years. The interaction between generations and lifestyles was invaluable, educational and fun. The event was a huge success in bringing together a wide range of people who share a common love of this valley and our agricultural heritage.
The Community Agriculture Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the agricultural heritage of the Yampa Valley by initiating, supporting and encouraging actions, programs and policies that mutually benefit and connect agricultural producers and consumers. The Cayuse Classic is a fundraising benefit supporting the programs of the Community Agriculture Alliance.
The 2007 Cayuse Classic is a day of horse events and competitions, ending with a barbecue dinner, musical entertainment and a benefit auction. The horse events include a cross-country pair pace, poker run trail rides, a ranch horse versatility competition and gymkhana for youths. These events are open to participants and spectators alike. More information on times and sign-up for the horse events is available on our Web site at www.communityagalliance.org or by calling 879-4370.
From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. there will be a local champion's showcase featuring demonstrations by locals who compete in reining, dressage, halter and other competitions around the country. The highlight of the event is the western barbecue dinner catered by the Steamboat Smokehouse. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and the live auction begins at 8 p.m.
We encourage participants and spectators alike to come out and join the fun for a good cause. Take a moment to visit with local icons from the agriculture community, young people who are carrying on the tradition, and friends and neighbors. The 2007 Cayuse Classic is a benefit opportunity not to be missed.