2010 Mogollon Montoneras’ Gymkhana Season Wraps Up

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First place buckle winners for the Mogollon Montoneras’ 2010 gymkhana season include Kaycee Simpson, Stormy Chambers, Sasha Swatz, Mayzee Taylor and Megan Ward.

The Mogollon Montoneras wrapped up the 2010 season by hosting the Lacey Balmer-Oldland Memorial gymkhana Oct. 14 at the Payson Event Center.

At the conclusion of the gymkhana, year-end awards were presented in each age group.

The winners were:

• 6-years-and-under — first, Mayzee Taylor; second, Nathan Haug; third, Lexi Ward.

• 7 to 9 years — first, Stormy Chambers; second, Makiah Taylor; third, Daylen Brown; fourth, Kinsley Rose; fifth, Chanci Landress; sixth, RaeLyn Bowlin.

• 10 to 13 years — first, Kaycee Simpson; second, Kara Ward; third, Briana Aguirre.

• 14 to 17 years — first, Sasha Swatz; second, Jackie Ballam; third, Cristra Kilbourne.

• 18 to 30 years — first, Megan Ward; second, Falicia D’Addabbo; third, Lindi Parker; fourth, Megan Brown.

• 31-years-and-older — first, Michael Allen; second, Lori Allen; third, Lori Brown; fourth, Tracey Adams; fifth, Anne Kilbourne; sixth, Margaret Parker.

The Lacey Balmer-Oldman Memorial overall winners were: Nathan Haug, Daylen Brown, Stormy Chambers, Sasha Swatz, Lani Murdoch and Lori Brown.

“The lead line participants received prizes of a halter and lead rope,” said Montonera Marla Milam.

For those unfamiliar with the Mogollon Montoneras organization, it is a nonprofit Rim Country group run solely by volunteers. Which means members and their families are asked to assist with the production of the events, including set up, breakdown and working the entry/exit gates.

About 100 equestrians, both young and old, participate each summer in the gymkhanas hosted by the Montoneras.

From 1969 to 1985, the Montoneras hosted the Arizona Junior Rodeo Association finals in the old rodeo arena located at Rumsey Park.

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