PRECOCIOUS YOUNGSTERS

These kids are 7 to 11 did well at this year’s West Klickitat Posse Saddle Club horse playdays.

The West Klickitat Posse Saddle Club (WKPSC) hosted horse playdays from May through September this year at the posse grounds arena in White Salmon. The final playday was postponed for two weeks due to poor air quality, so was held on Sunday, Sept. 27, with perfect weather to finish the season.

President Jim McLean and other club members, including Martha Parsons, Pat Shamek, Jennifer McLean, Julie Vance, Stephanie Shamek, and Chuck Kliesch devoted many hours over the summer to make the playday season a great success. McLean acknowledges all the parents who volunteered with arena grooming and set up and other tasks whenever needed.

Competitors ranging in age from two through adult competed in five events with their horses—pole bending, figure eight, keyhole, stake race, and barrels. Points were accumulated during each playday, and final standings were announced at the end of competition on Sunday. WKPSC Playday Queen Bailey Dumolt of Goldendale presented awards to the smallest competitors in lead line, and competitors in age groups 7 through 11, 12 through 14, 15 through 17, 18 through 39, and 40 and over.

Top finishers for the season were: 7-11 – Bailey Rickman; 12-14 – Tessa Larkin; 15-17 – Nahaleigh Schuster; 18-39 – Jodi Sanchey; and 40 and over – Jennifer McLean. The little Leadline competitors all received awards and places were not tracked for that young age group. In a year that has presented many challenges, the WKPSC leaders were able to give the competitors a feeling of normalcy and those playday Sundays were greatly enjoyed by competitors and spectators throughout the season.

Because many events in our area were canceled due to COVID-19 closures, Queen Bailey Dumolt did not have the opportunity to represent WKPSC at other rodeos this season. She will get another chance next summer as she continues as WKPSC queen for the 2021 season. As that announcement was made, Martha Parsons presented Bailey with a bouquet as a thanks for presiding over the playdays all season.

Many of these young competitors will have one more chance for some last-minute summer fun. The Broken Spur Rodeo will take place on Oct. 3 at 149 Willis Road in Goldendale beginning at 10 a.m.