Gymkhana fun in the sun kicked off Cattle Call Week

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Past Cattle Call Royalties Danielle Standiford (front) and Annie Locher team compete in fox and hounds.
Past Cattle Call Royalties Danielle Standiford (front) and Annie Locher team compete in fox and hounds.

BRAWLEY – Cattle Call Week has begun in Brawley, and one of the best signs of that is the beginning of the gymkhana season at K.D.Danch arena, where local horseback riders and family arrived Saturday morning ready to race around barrels, poles, speed into keyholes, and spend the day with extended family and friends.

The age categories began at ‘8 and under’ and ranged to ‘over 60’. In the team events, ribbon race, fox and hound, age boundaries were broken, and grandpas and grandmas raced as a team with their grandchildren and  young friends teamed up together.

Brett Leavitt, mother of participant Cole, daughter of competing parents, and a player herself, said, “This is such a blessing because it’s a family affair. The whole family can come out and play together and have fun. I like sports, but the family just watches as one member plays, this is something that involves the whole family.”

As the Chili Cook-off was happening in Brawley’s downtown plaza with the current Cattle Call Court in attendance, Grigg’s Gymkhana, had many past royalty present competing as well as local rodeo team penners racing against a different time clock.

The Cattle Call Rodeo will come and go, but Grigg’s Gymkhana will have five more competitions with the last on April 5, 2014.  On January 18, 2014, Grigg’s teams up with the Barbara Worth Annual Gymkhana.

The next competition will be November 16 with signups at 8:00 a.m., games start at 9:00 a.m.