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Sunny Valley Saddlers hone their riding skills during first ever 4-H gaming day

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May 15, members of the Sunny Valley Riders 4-H group took part in their first 4-H gaming day, held at the Van de Graaf arena. The event included seven different events for participants to try their hand at, everything from pole bending to Texas barrels.

Lower Valley 4-Hers spent May 15 taking it back to basics for their first ever 4-H gaming day. Karen Tucker, leader of the Sunny Valley Saddlers 4-H group, said the gaming day brought the kids together to try their hand at western-style riding games.

"They are done really fast on horseback," Tucker explained.

The gaming day offered the club members a chance to participate in seven events, ranging from fitting and showing to Texas barrels.

Tucker said in preparation for gaming day members of Sunny Valley Saddlers brought in an instructor from Wiley City to teach them how to do the different horse-related events. She explained that the 4-H students, who range in age from 12 to 16, were able to learn the basics before they were asked to step into the arena and compete.

"They practiced a lot before that one day," Tucker said.

When it came down to it all of their hard work paid off with some great performances. Tucker said all the members of the Sunny Valley Saddlers took part in the gaming day, with most members participating in each of the seven events.

"Everyone wanted to try something different," she said.

Taking first place in the fitting and showing event was Kimber Tucker for the senior division, Benjamin Tucker took first place in the intermediate division and Stephanie George took first place in the junior division. Second place honors went to Tommy Contreras in the intermediate division and Kristen Alter in the junior division. Third place went to Sara Contreras in the intermediate division.

Results in the pole bending competition included Kimber Tucker in the senior division, who finished with a time of 37.038. In the intermediate division Ali Suhadolnik finished with a time of 34.54, Sara Contreras finished at 36.894, Benjamin Tucker finished at 39.369, Tommy Contreras finished at 56.180, and Haley Saam finished at 58.907. In the junior division Stephanie George finished at 34.20, Sara Castilleja finished at 38.182 and Kristen Alter finished at 61.995. Parents and leaders who took part in the event included Lynn Glover who finished with a time of 36.79, Robin Saam finished at 43.362, Jose Contreras finished at 45.552, and Rebecca Castilleja finished at 63.369.

In the Idaho figure eight competition Stephanie Glover finished with a time of 25.123 in the intermediate division, Ali Suhadolnik finished at 27.712, Sara Contreras finished at 30.978, Benjamin Tucker finished at 33.616, Tommy Contreras finished at 41.719 and Haley Saam finished at 42.051. Junior competitors included Stephanie George who finished at 29.566, Sara Castilleja finished at 31.918 and Kristen Alter finished at 43.331. Parents and leaders who took part in the event included Jose Contreras who finished with a time of 29.371, Lynn Glover finished at 30.038, Robin Saam finished at 34.430 and Rebecca Castilleja finished at 37.646.

In the barrel flags event Benjamin Tucker finished with a time of 26.946 in the intermediate division, Stephanie Glover finished at 30.155, Sara Contreras finished at 45.367, Haley Saam finished at 62.75, Tommy Contreras finished at 70.580 and Ali Suhadolnik finished at 86.266. Junior competitors included Sara Castilleja who finished at 32.25, Stephanie George who finished at 36.85 and Kristen Alter who finished with a time of 59.891. Leading the parents and leaders who took part in the event was Lynn Glover who finished with a time of 29.823, Rebecca Castilleja finished at 36.714 and Robin Saam finished at 109.234.

In the pole key event senior Kimber Tucker finished with a time of 17.042, intermediate finishers included Ali Suhadolnik who finished at 13.402, Stephanie Glover at 13.405, Benjamin Tucker at 16.117, Sara Contreras at 16.170, Tommy Contreras at 18.556 and Haley Saam at 22.276. Junior division finishers included Stephanie George with a time of 14.562, Sara Castilleja at 17.759 and Kristen Alter at 20.978. Parents and leaders who took part in the event included Lynn Glover with a time of 15.303, Robin Saam with 17.592, and Rebecca Castilleja with 24.392.

In the Texas barrels competition senior Kimber Tucker finished with a time of 25.885. In the junior division Stephanie Glover finished at 19.398, Ali Suhadolnik at 24.076, Sara Contreras at 24.618, Tommy Contreras at 26.352, Amanda Glover at 28.326 and Benjamin Tucker at 29.991. In the junior division Stephanie George finished with a time of 24.069, Sara Castilleja finished at 24.777 and Kristen Alter finished at 28.170. Parents and leaders who participated included Lynn Glover who finished at 21.487, Jose Contreras at 22.707, Robin Saam at 28.135 and Rebecca Castilleja at 28.486.

In the speed barrels event senior Kimber Tucker finished with a time of 22.452. Intermediate division finishers included Ali Suhadolnik who finished with a time of 19.825, Stephanie Glover finished at 22.314, Sara Contreras at 23.965, Tommy Contreras at 24.599, Benjamin Tucker at 29.727, Amanda Glover at 29.981 and Haley Saam at 32.18. Junior division finishers included Stephanie George at 24.084, Sara Castilleja at 26.483 and Kristen Alter at 28.690. Parents and leaders who took part in the event included Jose Contreras who finished with a time of 21.477, Lynn Glover at 23.010, Robin Saam at 24.931 and Rebecca Castilleja at 28.795.

High points awards went to Kimber Tucker in the senior division, Stephanie Glover in the intermediate division, Stephanie George in the junior division and Lynn Glover in the parents and leaders division.

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