The Mountaineer - Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
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Prentice Creek Horse Trials
By Glen Mazza

Participants had very positive comments about the Prentice Creek Horse Trials held July 5 to 7. The event was hosted by Thompson Country Pony Club at its venue northwest of Rocky Mountain House. This three-day event competition involves dressage, cross country and show jumping.
Andrea Helkenberg, who was on the organizing committee, said most of the competitors really liked the cross-country course and the weather was good enough to provide a dry track so the horses had good footing. Only the last six riders had to deal with the rain on Sunday during the show jumping competition.
Helkenberg was very impressed by both the level of volunteerism and the support of the community. There were many local sponsors.
The pony club has just over 30 kids involved and the parents provided the manpower to run the event.
“It went over fantastically,” said Helkenberg, adding, “We had a very good turnout. Some of the feedback we are getting right now is that this is the go-to event in Alberta.”
The club was pleased to offer money for first, second and third place so that some riders were able to get some of their entry fee back which was a pleasant surprise for competitors.
“Congratulations to the Prentice Creek Horse Trials. They have done in one event what some events strive to do five years.”
That was referring to how well it was organized, the prizes, extra things like a winners ride to show off ribbons.
“By the smiles on their faces, you could see the riders were blown away,” concluded Helkenberg.