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Granby Regional Horse Council Inc to host gymkhana Oct. 22

GRANBY Granby Regional Horse Council Inc. will host a gymkhana on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Dufresne Park, off route 202, (Taylor Street entrance in the Maheu Arena) in Granby.

For those of you who might not know, a gymkhana is an event that consists of timed games on horseback. People bring their own horses (Please note that the GRHC and other clubs do not rent out horses for this or any other event. People must bring their own horse in order to participate and riders are expected to be competent and experienced. Spectators are always welcomed and encouraged to attend!)

An entry fee is paid and riders can win ribbons and prizes in their own age divisions.

This gymkhana is a part of series of gymkhanas that have been held since May throughout the area. It is part of the WMGC (Western MA Gymkhana Circuit) where riders of designated local riding clubs gain points towards year-end awards. Members of the Granby Regional Horse Council, Inc., North East Morab Club, Hampshire County Riding Club, and Ridge Runners Riding Club, Inc. are the participating clubs.

This event should prove to be an exciting and entertaining for participants and spectators alike. There will be many divisions and they are: Lead Line, Walk-Trot (Under 10) A division (and Walk -Trot B Division(11 & older), Junior, Senior, and Adults. Participants will run their horses through patterns as they perform certain maneuvers as fast as possible. Form more information, entry forms, and entry fees; call Kerry at 413-467-3168 or e-mail

Granby Regional Horse Council, inc. is a non-profit organization created for horse owners & horse enthusiasts of all ages. They host organized trail rides, horse shows, gymkhanas, clinics, and present free talks on equine related subjects and work to save and maintain trails and open space.

The GRHC is affiliated with BSTRA (Bay State Trail Riders Association), a state wide equestrian trails organization and they are equestrian partners with ELCR, Equestrian Land Conservation Resource, a national organization that works to save land for equestrian use.

Their mounted search and rescue unit, known as MMSAR Team 2, was formed in 2003 to assist local authorities in finding lost children and adults in wilderness areas. This unit is a fully certified, important community resource that has been called out to help search for lost individuals throughout New England.

The GRHC welcomes new members. For more information about the GRHC, call Diane at (413) 527-9532 for more information or e-mail at