Horse group offers fun activities for everyone

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2002

The Soldotna Equestrian Association Inc., a nonprofit organization, will offer a wide variety of activities for horse enthusiasts this year.

A few of the activities planned for this year include the Parade of Stallions in May, the Caribou Hills family trail ride, weekly team penning, barrels and poles, a three-day barrel racing clinic by internationally recognized Talmadge Green, Playdays, barbecues and potlucks, local trail rides, educational clinics with emphasis on safe horsemanship practices and lessons by a certified riding instructor.

Some of the educational clinics planned for this year include nutrition, basic first aid, hoof care, the emergency dismount and general information for the first-time horse owner.

The centrally located equestrian park area off Kalifornsky Beach Road has been used as an equestrian park since 1961. SEA was formed in 1994 to oversee the grounds. The grounds have a 250-foot-by-150-foot arena, an announcer's stand, warm-up arena, round pen, bleachers, concession area and portable restrooms. Parking is behind the Little League fields.

Membership is $60 for families, $25 per adult, $10 per youth. Membership is good for one year and includes a monthly newsletter and calendar of scheduled events and open arena times.

Those wanting more information about the group, its activities or membership may contact one of the following board members:

* Terry Best, president, 776-7615

* Mike Anderson, team penning, vice president, 262-7709

* Mary Lambe, 4-H, 262-7928

* Brandon Sorrels, groundskeeper, 283-4546

* Mike Rainwater, roping, 262-5568

* Rhonda Harvey, treasurer, 262-2436

* Beth Fowler, playdays, 262-7517

* Vicki Sorrels, secretary and events, 260-6982

* Chris Sorrels, gaming, 260-6982

* Kathleen Kitson, rodeo, 262-3759

Contact Julie Britton for lesson information and educational clinics at 260-3848.

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