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post #1 of 16 Old 03-07-2019, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Gymkhana would be the speed events with patterns like keyhole, pole bending, apple bob, grab the ring, speed ball... I don't even know what all they are. My son is actually doing gymkhana for 4-H this year so I guess I will find out!

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Pole bending, keyhole (has been replaced with stakes race in some places), and barrels as well as other timed “game” events are under gymkhana.
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Okay, Thanks.....wasn't familiar with the term....

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Pole bending, keyhole (has been replaced with stakes race in some places), and barrels as well as other timed “game” events are under gymkhana.
Sorry.. didn't quite understand - Pole bending and keyhole have been replaced with stakes races in some places... What is a stakes race then?

I seriously haven't seen any of hte billets yet for the shows we are going to. It just says gymkhana events.
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This sort of thing aka Mounted Games
Competitions are run at local level through to a World championship
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post #7 of 16 Old 03-08-2019, 11:35 AM
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Here in Arizona, gymkhana generally consists of four speed events -- always cloverleaf barrels and Washington poles (standard barrel and pole bending patterns), plus two other patterns. This is a link to the patterns my club uses. Most require flying lead changes at speed and variable turns around the props which can be tricky.

There are a lot of speed patterns, as you can see, and each competition will have different ones. The extra patterns are good equalizers to test the riders ability and partnership with their horse, as many barrel and pole horses are highly trained on the first two patterns, but they need to be able to take direction for the unfamiliar ones.
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What types of "games" that fall under gymkhana will depend on your area.


In my area, we don't call it gymkhana. We call it a horse show or horse playday. Events include but not limited to:
-barrels
-texas barrels
-poles
-crazy poles
-keyhole (various ways to do this)
-stake race
-spur race
-speed dash
-cup and water race
-flag race (various ways to do this)
-hangmans race
-rescue race
-dizzy bat race
-ring race
-egg and spoon race
-dollar race
-tunnel race
-scoop shovel race
-grain bucket race
-sack race
-4 in a line

-keg roping
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We call them Play Days here. It's all the same thing - informal, but organized, games on horseback, in a rodeo arena, with a wide variety of age based classes, from Lead Line to Adults. Ours start in the mornings, and run all day.



A finished play day horse or pony will sell for good money btw, be it meant for adults or children.
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Amazing video really liked watching it @jaydee
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