The Golden Light Horse Club has some exciting events coming up, including a BCRA (British Columbia Rodeo Association) sanctioned competition.
First up is a Spring Tune-up Horsemanship Clinic, taught by Golden’s own APHA (American Paint Horse Association) World Champion at reining and roping, Ron Watson.
“It’s a great chance to get out into the arena and learn some fundamentals,” said Shelley Black with the Golden Light Horse Club.
The three-day clinic (June 7-9) will help improve performance level riding and horsemanship.
“Any level of riding is welcome,” said Black. She is also encouraging any members of the public who are interested to come out and watch.
“You can learn so much just by being there.”
The next event is the much anticipated Rocky Mountain Barrel O Ramma on Saturday June 15.
“This is going to attract some great riders from all over B.C. and Alberta,” said Black, who will be one of the riders at the event. “It’s going to be a good event, we have such nice grounds here.”
The barrel racing competition is the first major event held at the Golden Rodeo Grounds in a number of years. The Golden Light Horse Club, which is one of the longest running clubs in the community, is hoping to grow, and in the future perhaps bring back the Golden Rodeo.
The Rocky Mountain Barrel O Ramma is a great way to spark the community’s interest in the club. They are expecting about 50 riders to be competing in the races, with about 24 of those being from the Columbia Valley, and four from Golden.
“We really want people to get involved, and come down to watch the show,” said Black. “So far the community support has been really great.”
It is free to attend, and there will be a 50/50 draw, a concession stand, and lots of great competition to watch. Curt Thorne will also be providing his services as the announcer.
There are cash prizes amounting to $1,500, as well as some beautiful buckles, blankets, and other prizes.
“You’re going to see some really hot riders, cowboy hats and cowboy boots. And hopefully we’ll get some enthusiasm back into the community,” said Black.
To learn more about these events, go to the Golden Light Horse Club Facebook page.