This is the second time the Albert Paint Horse Club has hosted a show at the Ag Event Centre and it looks like it won’t be the last. Held Aug. 2 to 5 competitors from as far as British Columbia and Saskatchewan showed off their handling skills.
Announcer Nancy Critchley said there were more than 3,000 entries over the course of the weekend. “That’s a good show.”
Many of those entries were the same individuals who wanted to compete in as many events as possible, she explained. Events from western pleasure to showmanship were among some of the challenges faced by competitors.
Winner of the high point award was Tammy Botsford, from Rockyford. She rode Dez Add to the Assets and won the super horse saddle from the weekend. According to Critchley, Botsford entered in almost every event, which helped her earn the saddle.
Announcing for the club for 14 years, Critchley respects the club’s focus on giving back to the community they are in. Last year they hosted a food drive for the Ponoka Food Bank.
“These people are really awesome, they are the salts of the earth,” she stated. “These people are truly about giving back to the community.”
Expect to see the club return in the fall classic at the end of September. Admission is free to all spectators.