Grab Your Horse For A Pha 'Fun Day' At Payson Rodeo Grounds


The Payson Horseman's Association hosts a "Fun Day" gymkhana this Saturday, May 1, at the rodeo grounds.

"We'll have lots of games on horseback, like poles, barrels, a duck race and a hat race," said organizer Becky Acord. "We'll also have a foot race for those who can't ride, or people can just come and watch."

Participants should bring their own horse, and registration begins at 8 a.m. Registration is $2 per entry.

Call Becky Acord at 472-8222 for more information.

The members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are hard at work planning the upcoming banquet, dinner and action. The event is July 24 at the Mazatzal Casino. The toasting starts at 5 p.m. with a no-host cocktail hour, and at 6 p.m., dinner is served. At 7 p.m., foundation members will help lighten the wallets of their guests at the always festive auctions and raffles.

Tickets are priced at $55 per person and $85 for couples, and seating is limited to 250 guests.

RMEF has been hosting the benefit banquets in Payson for the past 13 years. Founded in 1984, RMEF funds conservation programs throughout the United States and Canada. Its mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat.

Not ranked
For the first time this season, the Payson High School baseball team has fallen from the Arizona Coaches. Association Class 3A top-10 state rankings. The Horns opened the year rated fifth, then fell two notches before dropping off the charts. At 22-0, Cave Creek Cactus Shadows is the number-one team in the conference.

Fountain Hills, a team the Horns pummeled last on the 10-run rule, is ranked 8th.

Game Thief
It's spring and Rim country wildlife are on the move. Officers of the Arizona Game and Fish Department hope to receive plenty of help in the enforcement work from citizens who witness crimes.

If you observe a poaching event, call Operation Game Thief at 1 (800) 353-0700. Information you provide to catch criminals will remain confidential and you can remain anonymous. Rewards range from $50 to $350 which the AG&F will also keep anonymous.

Taking wildlife during a closed season and possessing wildlife that was unlawfully taken are both crimes.

Rumsey reservations
Rumsey Park ramada and field reservations can be made through the Payson Parks and Recreation office by calling 474-5242. Prices vary for each facility and reservations should be made at least seven days in advance.

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