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Final buckle series event this Sunday

It has been a busy summer for the Lake County Horseman’s Association, celebrating its 40th year with 40-mile accumulative trail rides and the annual buckle series. Yet all good things must come to an end, and with the summer slowly drawing to a close, LCHA will host its final buckle series event of 2014 at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Sign-ups start at 8 a.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds, with events beginning at 9 a.m. Registration fees are $3 per class or $20 for the full day, separated into four classes: Pee-Wee (8 and under), Junior (9-12), Intermediate (13-17) and Seniors (18 and over). Ribbons are awarded to first through fifth place winners, with high-point awards also distributed for each age group. The event is free to attend.

Events scheduled include showmanship, walk-trot warm up, English equitation, English pleasure, gaited horse, trail, hunter hack, jumping, western equitation, western pleasure and reining. Some events are open to all ages regardless of class.

Helmets are required for all riders participating in jumping events, and are highly recommended for riders in other events.

In addition to trail rides and the annual buckle series, LCHA host animal treatment clinics for kids involved in 4-H, assist Oregon Equestrian Trails in trail maintenance, and organize fundraisers for groups such as St. Jude’s Hospital. Public meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Lake County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on the buckle series or LCHA contact Gloria Counts at 541-947-3539.

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