Walters State’s AG Club Winter 2013 Horse Series schedule has been announced. The events offer horse owners a chance to exercise horses in an arena environment. All events are operated by Walters State students and the college’s Ag Alumni Club. Events are held at the Walters State Expo Center in White Pine. Unless otherwise noted, spectators are admitted free.
•Ranch Sorting – Jan. 29, Feb. 12 and March 5. Continental and English beef heifers (no horns) will be supplied by Lemmy Wilson. A demo by Wilson will begin at 6:15 p.m. Practice runs begin at 6:30 p.m. Jackpot starts at 9 p.m. The fee is $10 per rider at the door. Each rider will receive two practice run tickets with additional tickets 2/$5 or 5/$20. This event has a 60 percent payback.
•Fun Run Night – Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m. Events include a ball and bucket race, five-flag race, potato race, ribbon race, rescue race and cowhide race. Each race has an exhibition and a payback run. Each event will payback 70 percent.
•Goat Roping Series – Jan. 29, Feb. 12 and March 5, 6:30 p.m. This is open jackpot with a 50 percent payback. This event also has a PeeWee and Youth Goat Roping Buckle Series with trophy buckles awarded on March 5. Riders must participate in the March 5 roping and one other goat roping session to be eligible.
•Exhibition Barrels and Poles – Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19 and March 12. Gates open at 5 p.m. with timed runs beginning at 6 p.m. Fees are $10 per rider. Each rider will receive two exhibition run tickets. Additional tickets are $3 or 4/$10. Only paid riders will be allowed in the arena with horses.
•Team Roping – Jan. 24 and Feb. 13. Books open at 6 p.m. with roping starting at 7 p.m. This will be 12-per-side, limited round robin. The fee is $100/roper with 60 percent payback. For more information on this event, contact Dana Rich at (423) 273-3172.
•Ranch Rodeo – 7 p.m., Feb. 16. This spectator event features teams of professionals competing in a number of rodeo events, including wild cow milking, calf dress, chute dogging, cow hide races, barrel race and more. Youngsters can participate on the arena floor in the Calf Ribbon Chase and the Stick Horse Race. This year’s Ranch Rodeo will feature Roman-style riding by Dixie Stampede riders Dusti Crain and Justin Dickerson. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students 7-17. Children six and under are admitted free.
•Speed Show – March 15 and 16. This event is for both riders and spectators. Admission is $5 per day. This event is sanctioned by the NBHA. On Friday, stalls, camper hook-ups and the warm-up area will be available at 1 p.m. Runs begin at 5 p.m. On Saturday, gates open at 8:30 a.m. with exhibition runs beginning at 10:30 a.m. Many classes are featured, including PeeWee, Youth 3-D, Masters and Open 4-D. Events have a 70 percent payback. Last year’s payback was $12,302. Jennifer Butcher and Diamond B Quarter Horses have already added $100 to the youth class and $250 to the Open 4-D class.
Proceeds from the Winter 2013 Horse Series funds scholarships for the college’s agriculture students. The events are also part of the agriculture events management course. All events are student-managed. For more information, including a listing of classes and entry fees for the speed show, contact Roger Brooks, head of the college’s agriculture department, at (423) 585-2663. For more information on the events, visit www.facebook.com/wsccagclub.