The word "Gymkhana" is thought to have originated in India, probably meaning "games on horseback." The English military, during the Colonial period, used horses for both transportation and military maneuvers. On Sunday afternoons, the cavalry would compete in horseback games to sharpen their horsemanship for war. Thus, Gymkhana had its beginning. Through the years different events have been added, some of which originated in Europe and others which were developed in this country.
The way it works: Points are awarded for each place, 1st through 10th, and ribbons are awarded 1st through 6th. Each class has 7 divisions: Lead Line, 10 and under; PeeWee, 10 and under; Walk/Trot, all ages; Youth, 11-14; Junior, 15-18; Adult, 19 and over; and Senior, 40 and over. There is a division for everyone’s level of equine expertise. At the end of each show all points are added up and a Grand Champion will be awarded. At the end of the Series a Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion will be recognized.
There are a number of different classes in the MRV Gymkhana series, including: Barrel Race, Pole Bending, Ride & Lead, Key Hole, Flag Race, The Derby, Big T, Speed Ball, Single Stake, Speed Barrels, Figure 8 Flags, Big M, Cowhorse Flags
Scurry and Potato Race. Two-person classes include: Team Flags, Rescue Race, Ribbon Race, Cowboy Relay and Baton Relay.
Ready to watch some Gymkhana, or better yet, bring your horse and participate at the shows?
We will be having 4-H Challenges, with prize money going to the top two 4-H clubs every show. At the Ohio Gymkhana Invitational, held at Champions Center in Springfield, the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion from six different Gymkhana Associations will “Gymkhana” it out to be the top dog.
The Mad River Valley Gymkhana’s first show will be May 13, starting at 9 a.m., then once a month into October. We will have pre-registration for classes and you can register the day of the show.
So please come out and watch or participate. It’s great family fun!
Go to our website: mrvgymkhana.com for more information. If you would like to sponsor or be a vendor please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-508-8764 / 937-441-1506.