More than 50 participants ranging from young children to experienced adults came out Saturday to compete in categories such as key hole, Washington poles, fox and hound and a carrot race.
The equestrian event, which is open to the public, also featured food, drinks, raffles and prizes with donations made to the Imperial Valley Humane Society.
Those who weren’t competing either watched eagerly from the sides cheering Saturday or, like Hunter Hall, 12, brushed up on their roping skills in an area alongside the arena.
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The Barbara Worth Brigadettes was founded in 1940 and sponsors equestrian events for the community.
The gymkhana has been occurring annually for at least five years and has been well-received by the community, Barbara Worth Brigadettes president Jan Barr said.
“Everyone gets out and wants to have fun and kick up some dirt,” she added. “It really ties the family together. We see generations of families come.”
The Roper family of Brawley had five children participating in the event Saturday including Cattle Call Teen Queen Chelsea Roper. Cattle Call Queen Danielle Standiford was also in attendance.
“All my kids ride. It’s just a good fun day for the family,” Kari Roper said. “It’s good for the kids to come and do what they practice.”
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