Getting ready for events

Lake George Outfitters and Gymkhana Arena gets a facelift in preparation for 2019 Season. (Photo by Marianne Mogon/The Flume)

Lake George Outfitters and Gymkhana kicks off the 2019 season June 1, marking 27 years as an organization. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and events begin at 9 a.m. That evening, the public is invited to attend a dinner, dance, and silent auction in conjunction with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association at 5 p.m. Cost for adults is $15, children 8-15 years old get in for $10, and seven years and under are free.

The arena is located in Lake George Community Park, 37371 U.S. Highway 24. The dinner and dance will take place in the park’s pavilion.

The season runs every other Saturday through August. Event fees are $5 per event, which  includes 75 & Back, Barrel Racing, Flag Race and Pole Bending. The age groups are 10 and under, 11-14, and 15-18 (age of participant as of January 1).

Lead and Assist Class is offered for all youth, ages up to 18 years old. End of year high-point prizes include a saddle, breast collars, saddle pads, buckles, ribbons, and many other exciting surprises. All Lead and Assist participants will receive a giant ribbon at the end of the season.

The mission is to promote the development of horsemanship and enjoyment of horses in youth riders of all abilities, and to encourage participation in friendly competition and demonstrate true sportsmanship in equine events. It is a nonprofit youth organization dedicated to teaching self-esteem and self-worth, while providing a wholesome family environment.

“We want to give the kids the same memories we adults had,” said Jacki Anthony, president, who started competing at age 10.

Anthony’s father, Don, helped begin the organization, serving as president for 25 years. Anthony stated the organization received funding through Lake George Park Association, and vast amounts of time, treasure, and talents of many throughout the community.

Ace Hardware donated all new fence posts and paneling. Lake George Park Association put in a new sound system for the arena and Dutch Kleinhesselink refurbished the Snack Shack. During the season, Lake George Fire Department waters down the arena for the events, and Terri Snare runs the Snack Shack concessions with breakfast burritos in the morning and a varying menu of food items throughout the season.

Anthony serves with Vice President Justin Snare, Secretary Kendra Westfall and Treasurer April Achord.

Members include Ginger Brubold, Randy Westfall and Arena Foreman Levi Snare. Steve and Kim Plutt and Shelly Achord of the American Mountain Barrel Series provide resources through their barrel racing events that take place on Sundays for adults, with a peewee division for children 10 and under.

The organization boasted 75 active participants last year, with some coming from as far away as Monte Vista. Participation is encouraged, there are no membership fees, and sponsorships are encouraged and welcome with several tiers of opportunity and amenities. Contact the organizer for further information by email lakegeorgegymkhana@gmail.com or phone 719-433-3907.

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