Aspiring barrel racers will have an opportunity this summer to improve their skills at a Payson Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored clinic.
The clinic, which will be hosted by the National Barrel Horse Racing Association, is slated for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6 in the Payson Events Center.
The cost is $25 per participant.
P&R Recreation Specialist Charlene Hunt, herself once a barrel racer, said she was able to keep the clinic cost low by agreeing to a trade out with the NBHRA. The trade involves allowing the NBHRA to host one of its fall competitions at the event center, Hunt said.
The summer clinic is open to barrel racers of all ages, experience levels and to both boys and girls.
Participants, however, must be able to ride independently.
Parents will not be allowed in the arena.
Of the 40 clinic slots originally available, only about six remain.
"It's filling up very fast," Hunt said.
At the conclusion of the clinic, a 4D competitive barrel race will be held in the PEC arena.
Hunt anticipates the clinic and the competition will provide plenty of racing excitement for both participants and fans.
For more information, call the parks and recreation department at (928) 474-5242 ext. 7.
PAHH benefit set for spring
The Payson Area Habitat Home Run 5K will be May 15 at Green Valley Park.
The annual event, which draws both walkers and runners, will get off to a booming start at 8 a.m. Registration and T-shirt pickup begins at 6:30 a.m.
Immediately after the run, and until about 10 a.m., a pancake breakfast and awards ceremony will be held in the park.
The registration fee is $15 if paid before May 7. After May 7 and on the day of the race, the fee is $20. The registration fee includes participation in the race, an event T-shirt and breakfast. Guest breakfast tickets will be available on race day for $3. Child's tickets are $1.
In addition to the breakfast and run, there will be free family activities on going in the park. Walkers and runners will compete in one of eight age/sex divisions beginning with 12-years-and-under and continuing to 70-years-and-older.
The loop course begins near the Veterans Memorial in GVP and continues down Country Club Drive where it takes a U-turn and returns along Country Club to GVP and the finish line at the memorial.
The event is held each year to benefit the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity and its mission to build affordable housing in the Rim country.
Registration forms are available at the Payson Athletic Club located at 400 E. Highway to 260 or the PAHH offices at 1013 S. Goodfellow Road.
Call (928) 474-0330 for more information.