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WATCH: Ringsteken event in downtown Ponoka a crowd-pleaser

4th annual event held by the Alberta Friesian Horse Association

Spectators lines the street on Chipman Avenue for the Alberta Friesian Horse Association’s fourth annual downtown Ponoka Ringsteken (Dutch ring riding) event in Ponoka on July 16.

In the Middle Ages the Friesian became known as a war and plow horse. Ring riding was a battle exercise in which the ring represented the enemies’ left eye.

Originally ring riding was strictly meant for the elite, but gradually the practice turned into a folkloric tradition.

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Emily Jaycox

About the Author: Emily Jaycox

I’m Emily Jaycox, the editor of Ponoka News and the Bashaw Star. I’ve lived in Ponoka since 2015 and have over seven years of experience working as a journalist in central Alberta communities.
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