Submitted by the SYET Committee
The Saskatchewan Youth Equestrian Tournament (SYET) is over for another year. A combined effort on behalf of the existing SYET committee and the Moose Jaw Exhibition Company, brought together the equine youth of the province to share in a weekend of competition, learning, friendship, and fun. This year's 80 participants travelled from all corners of Saskatchewan with a few from Alberta and Manitoba to the Moose Jaw Exhibition Golden Mile Arena.
The 4-day event started with Thursday’s clinics which were subsidized by a Millennium Grant from the Saskatchewan Horse Federation. A new clinic to the show, Equine Massage, was well received as Candis Molde and Connie Friesen painted the skeleton on one side of a horse and the important muscle groups on the other. Gary Goifu instructed the trail clinic, Sherry Clemens taught Horsemanship clinic, Lauren Bamford trained riders in Jumping techniques, Shannon Sluser coordinated the Dressage clinic, and Pat Michel provided a dressage seminar along with rider, Darian Barnie and her horse, demonstrate dressage principles. A full day of learning with a chance to try something new was a great way to start the weekend! The Vet Clinic sponsored by SEARS was instructed by Dr. Lisa Cunningham. She had a power point presentation then distributed the individual vet kits. From here participants were off to do some hands on with a horse! The day concluded with the Costume Class.
Again this year the riders were divided into colour teams of both SHF and 4-H riders. The team aspect is to promote teamwork as the youth compete in the equine classes to collect points for their team and participate in fun events during the weekend. All equine youth were encouraged to mingle for a chance to share in their love of the sport. These fun events, sponsored by a 4-H grant from RBC, were held on Friday and Saturday evening after a day of horse competitions. A meal was subsidized by RBC on both Friday and Saturday evenings. Friday night the teams participated in a Scavenger Hunt and on Saturday they were treated to "The Amazing Race, SYET version." Both nights culminated in a gift bag of horse grooming tools for each participant and ice cream treats to cool off after running full speed around the grounds to complete their tasks.
Friday classes were split into two groups. Beth Hora judged inside, while Cal Jackson judged the outside classes. Devin Cochrane was our outside announcer with side kick Wanda White keeping track. Hayley Moats worked the gate and kept everyone on time. Inside we had Robert Ross at the mic keeping everything running smoothly and various volunteers helped at the gates and handed out ribbons. There was a special 4-H judging class for Cloverbuds/Peewees. Rochelle Weinheimer, our South East Saskatchewan 4-H Regional Specialist, held a Teddy Bear judging class. What a great way to introduce judging to the younger set!
On Saturday, classes were held inside and judged by Beth Hora. The Dressage Ring was busy all day and judged outside in the Gomersal Ring by Pat Michel.
Sunday classes started with jumping and after lunch the Mane Meltdown classes of Western and English Pleasure, Western Horsemanship and English Equitation. The top riders from each colour team were invited back to participate in these prestigious Championship classes.
A new clinic to the show, Equine Massage, was well received as Candis Molde and Connie Friesen painted the skeleton on one side of a horse and the important muscle groups on the other.
All equine youth were encouraged to mingle for a chance to share in their love of the sport. These fun events, sponsored by a 4-H grant from RBC, were held on Friday and Saturday evening after a day of horse competitions. RBC also subsidized a meal on both Friday and Saturday evenings.
The Vet Clinic sponsored by SEARS was instructed by Dr. Lisa Cunningham. She had a power point presentation then distributed the individual vet kits.
4-H Grand Aggregate Award
The 4-H Grand Aggregate Award, sponsored by Dr. Viczko, MainStreet Dental, was awarded to Shawna Turner shown here with her horse, Docs Smokin Moon.
The Mane Meltdown Champions:
The Division, Breed and Over all High Points were then announced and awarded as follows:
4-H Cloverbud / PeeWee Champion: Mya Viczko. Sponsored by Gait Equestrian
The 4-H Record Book Award: McKenna Omiecinski
Hunter Division Reserve Champion: Katie Naeth
Hunter Division Champion: Peyton Barnie
Hack Division Reserve: Darian Barnie
Hack Division Champion: Shawna Turner.
Dressage Division Reserve: Shawna Turner
Dressage Division Champion: Kennedi Seip
Western Speed Division Reserve: Alyssa Stauch & Katie Naeth
Western Speed Division Champion: Mya Viczko. Sponsored by Omar’s Welding
Western Performance Division Reserve: Shawna Turner
Western Performance Division Champion: Christina Franks. Sponsored by South Country Equipment
Reining Reserve Champion: Austin Leposa, Kennedi Siep, Shawna Turner
Reining Champion: Christina Franks
English Equitation Division Reserve: Kassidy Petruk & Kennedi Siep
English Equitation Division Champion: Peyton Barnie
Western Equitation Division Reserve: Keegan Burt
Western Equitation Division Champion: Christina Franks
4-H Grand Aggregate: Shawna Turner. Sponsored by Dr. Viczko, MainStreet Dental
Hi Point Open Champion: Chris Tuharsky. Sponsored by Moose Jaw Toyota Trailer Sales
Best Stall Decoration: Hollanquist 4-H Club
Kim Moats, Roberta Robertson, Heather Calvert, Lesley Cochrane, Donelda Bremner, Hayley Moats, Wanda White, Tammie Cooper, Moose Jaw Exhibition Company
The SYET committee wishes to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to all the participants and their family members, and all other volunteers for all the amazing hard work they gave to making our event successful.
Mark your calendars… SYET 2014 is booked for July 24-27, 2014!
Please consider volunteering to help put on this awesome opportunity for young equestrians. The SYET committee needs your help!