Fifth annual Lassen County Sheriff's Posse Gymkhana raises money for scholarships
Kelsey Whitlow competes in pole bending during the Lassen County Sheriff Posse’s fifth annual Family Gymkhana on Saturday, Aug. 23. Whitlow was the high point winner in the 17 and older age division. Photo by Maddie Musante
Sept. 4 — The Lassen County Sheriff’s Posse held its fifth annual Family Gymkhana on Saturday, Aug. 24 to raise money for the Lassen County Sheriff’s Posse scholarship fund.
“It went well. Everybody said they had fun. It was organized … it went pretty smooth,” said Bruce Reed, chairman for the sheriff’s posse gymkhana.
Participants ranged from ages 5 to older than 17. They competed in barrel racing, pole bending, key hole, speed ball, big “T,” flag races, team events, ribbon races, rescue races, figure 8 and dummy roping.
The sheriff’s posse also held a raffle during the event, which included prizes of horse tack, equipment, feed and other items.
The high point winner in the 5 to 8 age group was Conner Finks with a total time of 242.958 in all eight events. In the 13 to 16 age division, Clarrisa Barr was the high point winner with a total time of 246.144. Kelsey Whitlow has a total time of 147.601, making her the high point winner in the 17 and older age group.
This is the second year the sheriff’s posse has held the annual gymkhana at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Previously, the event took place in Janesville.
According to Reed, the organization has added several more gymkhana events for participants to compete in throughout the last couple years. By adding more events, gymkhana becomes an all-day event for participants and spectators to enjoy. Food and beverages were available to all who attended.
Several local businesses contributed to the fundraising event, including Susanville Supermarket, Sierra Jewelry, Treats Dog Company, Margie’s Book Nook, Big O Tires, Diamond Mountain Casino, Fastenal, The Lassen County Times, The Pardner, Lassen Ale Works, JDX/KSUE radio station, the Flying B Ranch, The Pizza Factory, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Lumberjacks Restaurant, Taco Bell, Safeway, Primo Deli, Ace Hardware, Tactical Reload and Hemphill Ranch.
The Lassen County Sheriff’s Posse is now gearing up for a charity ride that will take place Saturday, Sept. 21 at Susanville Ranch Park. The goal of the ride is to raise $5,000 to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fight pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
For more information on the “Saddle up for St. Jude” ride, call Pete Jensen at 218-6500.