The Walters State Community College Ag Club has announced the schedule for the 2017 Winter Horse Series. The horse series provides excellent opportunities for horse owners to have their horses in an arena environment while raising funds for agriculture scholarships.
Ranch sorting will be held on Jan. 24 and Feb. 21, with practice runs beginning at 6:30p.m. Ranch sorting practice is done by a two-person team with a two-minute time limit. The fee is $5 per rider per practice run.
Fun Run nights will be held on Feb. 7 and Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Classes include flag and ribbon races, a rescue race and a potato race. Barrels are also available for youth. Fun Runs have a 70 percent payback on all classes.
Limited Round Robins are scheduled Jan. 26, Feb. 6 and March 7. To participate, riders must call Kelly Little at 423-483-4200 on the evening before the event. The arena opens at 5 p.m. and roping starts at 7 p.m. Limited Round Robin will have 12 per side with a 15 second limit in the first round. The fee is $125 a roper with a 60 percent payback.
Exhibition Barrel and Pole Runs are scheduled for Jan. 31, Feb. 14, Feb. 28 and March 14. Gates open at 5 p.m. with timed runs beginning at 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per rider with each rider receiving two run tickets. Additional run tickets are $3 or 4 for $10. Only paid riders will be allowed in the arena with horses.
Heel-o-Matic Team Roping Round Robins will be Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21 and Feb. 23. Scoring is done by points. This event is open to everyone and great for beginners. The fee is $20 for each roper with a 50 percent payback. The covered arena opens at 5 p.m. with roping beginning at 7 p.m.
The Ranch Rodeo is Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students 7-17. Children six and under get in free.
The Speed Show is scheduled for March 17 and 18. On Friday, gates open at 4 p.m. and money classes begin at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, gates open at 9 a.m. with money classes starting at 3 p.m.
Since the program’s inception, more than $100,000 has been raised for agriculture scholarships. The event also provides agriculture majors with valuable experience in event management. For more information on any of the events, contact Tera Howerton, head of the Walters State agriculture department at 423-585-2663.