Routt County gymkhana riders earn their buckles
December 10, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Bethany Aurin's fingers were busy this week, dialing the phone numbers of a select group of local children and adults to inform them of their status as 2010 Routt County Gymkhana Club champions.
The gymkhana season wrapped up in August, but it was only recently that the trophy belt buckles for the grand champions, champions and reserve champions in each class arrived in Steamboat Springs. Aurin, whose two daughters compete in the club, said 2010 was another great year for the volunteer group.
"The club is all about families, horses, safety, fun and inspiring confidence and enthusiasm for sport within our club and community," she said. "Participation continues to be very strong. It's a great group."
More than 100 county residents as young as 4 and as old as 60 participated in this summer's weekly event at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in downtown Steamboat. They compete in six age divisions plus a special "assisted" division for the youngest riders who need to have a helper ride or walk beside them.
Gymkhana is a term that generally describes an equestrian event featuring races and timed games for horseback riders. During the weekly summer competitions, riders accumulate points based on their performance. The points are tallied at the end of the season, and belt buckles are awarded to the winners in each age division. One outstanding club participant is given a sportsmanship award. This year's sportsmanship award winner is Alexa Mitchell, who was praised for her help in the arena as well as in the office.
Name / Points / Award
Assisted foals (5 and younger)
Justin Heid / 81 / grand champion
Camryn Dines / 56 / champion
Jason Heid / 52 / reserve champion
Jacey Matt / 36 / honorable mention
Foals (5 and younger)
Cody Wiggins / 66 / grand champion
Cash Meyring / 43 / champion
Colt Larkin / 31 / reserve champion
Kaitlin Radway / 30 / honorable mention
Pee Wee (6 to 9 years old)
Cutter Wiggins / 90 / grand champion
Newt Sherrod / 60 / champion
Lacey Sherrod / 59 / reserve champion
Cosette McLaughlin / 56 / honorable mention
Junior (10 to 13 years old)
Hayleigh Aurin / 122 / grand champion
Jewel Vreeman / 96 / champion
Arielle Gold / 54 / reserve champion
Taylor Schalnus / 33 / honorable mention
Intermediate (14 to 17 years old)
Alexis Len / 98 / grand champion
Aleigh Aurin / 63 / champion
Emma Lyons / 52 / reserve champion
Shealynn Yeager / 47 / honorable mention
Adult (18 to 44 years old)
Kaylee Matt / 113 / grand champion
Terrica Arroyo / 91 / champion
Liz Lyons / 69 / reserve champion
Kelsey Samuelson / 57 / honorable mention
Master (45 and older)
Alicia Samuelson / 97 / grand champion
Wendy Finley / 84 / champion