Riders acknowledged during annual awards banquet

The Etoimamie Valley Riders Club acknowledged its riders during its combined fall trail ride and annual banquet and awards hosted at the farm of Tom and Shirley Babchishin on October 26.

"We had 17 riders and one wagon driven by Rae Rosenkerr, who let our younger members ride along on the wagon with him. It was a windy day but everyone had fun on the 14-mile ride, stopping at the halfway point for hotdogs and juice," said Ronda Palaniuk, club member.

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This year the club combined the annual trail ride and awards night. "When we finished the trail ride we gathered in Tom and Shirley Babchishin's heated shop for a potluck supper followed by our awards,” stated Palaniuk.

Lisa Neilson, club president was mistress of ceremonies and introduced the event winners with acknowledgement to the sponsors.

"I want to thank everyone for coming on our trail," said Neilson. "This is our sixth year for the trail ride and the first time for combining the awards portion and ride together," she said.

In the weepee category, barrels, Jade Beatty won first place and received a camouflage hat and buff sponsored by Reiden Hodgetts. Mercedes Lindholm won second place and received wagon wheels and horse cookies sponsored by Tom and Shirley Babchishin. Paislee Hodgetts won third place and received a horse brush sponsored by Peavey Mart.

In the weepee poles category, Beatty won first place and received a jewellery box and horse cookies sponsored by Ronda Palaniuk. Lindholm won second place and received a puzzle and colouring book sponsored by Jacquie Olson. Hodgetts placed third and received a curry comb sponsored by the Preeceville Vet Clinic.

In the weepee games, Beatty won first place and received a horse blanket sponsored by Trevor and Lisa Neilson. Hodgetts won second place and received an orange horse blanket sponsored by the Preeceville Vet Clinic. Lindholm won third place and received a horse brush sponsored by Peavey Mart.

In the peewee category, barrels, Tristen Beatty won first place and received saddle bags and horse treats sponsored by R and M Arabs. Shyann Lindholm won second place and received wagon wheels and horse cookies sponsored by Tom and Shirley Babchishin. Savannah Neilson won third and received a water bottle carrier sponsored by Trevor and Lisa Neilson.

In the peewee poles, Beatty won first place and received a salt tray and horse cookies sponsored by Danny Palaniuk. Lindholm placed second and received a horse dewormer and horse cookies sponsored by Ronda Palaniuk. Alexander Neilson and Savannah Neilson tied for third place and each received lead ropes sponsored by the Preeceville Vet Clinic.

In the peewee games, Beatty won first place and received a throw blanket sponsored by Jackie Ripa. Lindholm won second place and received a green bucket sponsored by Peavey Mart. Savannah Neilson placed third and received a lunge line sponsored by the Preeceville Vet Clinic

In the senior barrels category, Ronnie Prekaski and Lexie Young tied for first place with Prekaski receiving a barbeque grill and Young received shelves and both were sponsored by Gateway Co-op in Preeceville. Marlene Palaniuk won second place and received cube stacking boxes sponsored by Jacquie Olson. Reiden Hodgetts won third place and received a hoof pick and brush sponsored by the Preeceville Vet Clinic.

In the senior poles, Prekaski won first place and received a lockable gear box sponsored by Canadian Tire. Ronda and Marlene Palaniuk tied for second place. Ronda received a halter sponsored by Beth Palaniuk and Marlene received a set of reins sponsored by the Preeceville Vet Clinic. Lexie Young placed third and received a lead rope sponsored by Beth Palaniuk.

In the senior games, Prekaski won first place and received a halter sponsored by Jackie Ripa. Lexie Young took second place and received pantry storage containers sponsored by Brent Walker. Ronda Palaniuk was third and received a lead rope sponsored by the Preeceville Vet Clinic.

Ronnie Prekaski won the fastest barrel time of the year with a time of 16.471 seconds. Prekaski won a throw blanket sponsored by Brent Walker and a care package from Thirsty Dogz Liquor.

Tristen Beatty won the fastest pole of the year with a time of 27.677 seconds. He won a breast collar and reins sponsored by Ronnie Prekaski and $25 cash from Marge Reynolds.

Beatty also was the high point winner of the year with 146 points. He won a saddle stand and trophy sponsored by R and M Arabs.

Gift packages of participation were presented to all 19 weepee and peewee members ranging from ages 3 to 11 years, which was sponsored by Yvonne Strocen.