Young Rider Is High-Point Winner In Fall Stampede

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Five Rim country equestrians rode their way to all-around age group titles in the town's inaugural Fall Stampede.

The gymkhana-style competition, held Oct. 2 at the Payson Event Center, drew about 30 participants.

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The top finishers of the Fall Stampede Oct. 2 at the Payson Event Center received a variety of awards for their performances. Prizes included belt buckles, halters, gift certificates, saddle blankets and trophies.

Among those entered, Emma Randall racked up the event's highest point total -- 42 -- to win the 9- to 12-year-old group title.

The other group leaders were Taylor Randall with 35 points in the 8-and-under; Amber Marshall, 26 points for the 13- to 17-year olds; Jamie Ewing, 38 points, 18 to 39 group; and Melani McNeeley, 34 points in the 40-and-over competition.

All the age group champions were awarded Gist buckles.

Second place finishers received trophy breast collars and those who were third took home halters and lead ropes. Fourth place finishers were awarded saddle blankets, while $25 gift certificates to Payson Feed were given to those in fifth.

For those in sixth place, a $20 gift certificate to Corral West was presented.

The competitors earned points throughout the day-long activities based on their finishes in eight events: key hole race, quadrangle poles, speed ball, pole bending, hurry scurry, big T, barrel race and rescue race.

Although there was one injury -- a rider received a concussion after falling off her horse -- the competition was a complete success, Recreation Specialist Charlene Hunt said.

The parks and recreation department wraps up its 2004 equestrian series Oct. 27 at the event center with finals competition and award presentations for the fall barrel and pole bending series.

Horsemanship, trail clinic

Also, Hunt announced that Steve Sikora -- a John Lyons certified trainer -- will host a three-day horsemanship and trail clinic Oct. 22 to 24 at the event center. The cost is $300.

For more information, call Sikora at (480) 232-3261.

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