Wells Gray Riders look back on successful year

Terry Grant, the original Mantracker, could be back for future events

Gymkhana organizer Tarryn Munson (l) presents Michelle Baker with a saddle for being the best overall senior rider during the Wells Gray Riders Association's 2015 gymkhana season. Tarryn and Chris Munson through PLR Logging Contracting Ltd. donated the saddle and buckle.

Gymkhana organizer Tarryn Munson (l) presents Michelle Baker with a saddle for being the best overall senior rider during the Wells Gray Riders Association's 2015 gymkhana season. Tarryn and Chris Munson through PLR Logging Contracting Ltd. donated the saddle and buckle.

Terry Grant, the original Mantracker, thoroughly enjoyed himself during the second annual Wells Gray Mantracker last summer and could be back for future events.

That was the word from Wells Gray Riders Association president Candus Pelton-Graffunder in her report during the association’s annual awards banquet, which was held Saturday evening in Upper Clearwater Hall.

Graffunder quoted from a note from Grant that read, “Hopefully it’s in the cards that I can return next year.”

The turnout for the Mantracker was fantastic, Graffunder recalled, and the event had an extraordinary finish.

Payton buckleThe highly successful Mantracker was just one highlight of the president’s report.

Starting last May with the grand opening of the new Upper Clearwater riding arena, the club held gymkhanas every month (except for one in the summer, when it was too hot).

Other events included several training clinics, a cheesecake ride, trails rides, a Children’s Wish ride, a poker ride, and participating in Clearwater’s May Day parade (winning first and second in two categories).

Results for the 2015 gymkhana season were:

Jack Benny Highpoint: 1, Karren Brown; 2, Dawn Spencer; 3, Maureen Mcneilage; 4, Liz Morrison.

Senior Highpoint: 1, Michelle Baker; 2, Noah Baker; 3, Reilly Teatro; 4, Jenny Jim.

Green Horse Highpoint: 1, Candus Pelton-Graffunder; 2, Chantal Holt; 3, Lane Robinson; 4, Reilly Teatro.

Peewee Highpoint: 1, Payton Munson; 2, Astrid Ludwig; 3, Rylan Baker; 4, Isabella Graffunder.

Saddle Series: Michelle Baker.

Peewee Buckle Series: Payton Munson.

Most Improved: Rylan Baker.

Most Sportsmanship: Astrid Ludwig

Above left: Payton Munson has a big smile as she receives her buckle for being the best all round junior rider.

Below: Top highpoint winners for the Wells Gray Riders Association’s 2015 gymkhana season show off their trophies. Pictured are (l-r) Payton Munson, Candus Pelton-Graffunder, Michelle Baker and Karren Brown.

 

High point winners