Maxwell horse group hosts play day

“The horse show is a fun and skill building day that riders of any age can enter. I enjoyed watching the gymkhana events, finished the day with horseback games and awarding prizes,” said Girard. (Cheri Azevedo)

Rained out from their the original event date back in May, the Maxwell Horse Group held their second annual play day Saturday. The show was open to 4-H horse project members and  participants 18 years and younger. Two divisions were held: Lead Line with five courses and open division with eight  courses, such as: Barrels, Poles, Birangle, hurry and scurry and single stake. Each course offered a beginner, intermediate and advanced group.

“This is a day for rider to come enjoy a fun play day. To learn and get involved,” said one of the event organizers, Cristi Edwards

The event is hosted by Jenny Girard, Charlene LaGrande, Annie LaGrande, Shelly Miller and Edwards. Registration opened up at 8 AM with the first miniature course starting at 9 AM.

“I’ve been riding for 14 years. I got on my first saddle at just three months old. I participated last year and will ride again this year. Its a fun day for everyone involved,” said Amelia Lagrande.

Participants from Chico, Maxwell, Stonyford, Arbuckle and Leesville all competed for a chance to win prizes and claim one of three high point prizes. High point prizes were awarded to those individuals who claimed the most points in each of the courses in the beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions. Division placement was designated by how many years kids had been riding and their level experience rather than age.

Beginner high point winners were Dylan Parker on his horse “Smoke” for the beginner level, Tessa Edwards for the intermediate level and Mira Azevedo in the advanced level.

After all the division courses completed, riders had fun participating in team games, Ribbon Race, egg relay and water bucket relay. Amelia Lagrande and Chasey Miller were the duo to beat, as they claimed first place in the ribbon race and egg relay.