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Happy Trails with Dawni O’Bryan: Horsey Happenings


By Dawni O'Bryan

May 3, 2024

With spring in the air, horsey happenings are going on everywhere. Here are a few that have been on my radar. The Lamar Community College Horse Training Program had their spring show on April 26th at the LCC horse facility. Students in the Horse Training and Management and the students in the Equine Business Management were able to show their horses and skills through different maneuvers.

On Saturday, 29 horses were consigned to the 3rd Annual Legacy Horse Sale. A special scholarship was set up in honor of Mark Freeman. Freeman started bringing colts to the LCC program in 1989 and brings up to five colts each semester. He figures he has had over 200 colts go through the program. Commission for all horses noted by the Freeman Ranch will go to the Freeman Family Ranch Scholarship. Jace Honey of La Junta Livestock served as the auctioneer and Dr. Kayle Austin (formerly of Lamar) of Austin Veterinary Services served as the on-site veterinarian. Winning the buckle for the highest seller was Matthew Wilson with a 3-year-old gelding that brought $20,000. He was purchased by John and Colton Reed. Local sponsors included Colorado Mills, Lamar Animal Medical Center, Tack Shack, NAPA Auto and Truck Parts, and A-1 Rental and Sales of Lamar.

The Mustang Pavilion hosted the barrel racers of the SECCC. Division winners were l-r: 1D Sammi Jackson, 2D Dawni O'Bryan, 3D Charli Wait, and 4D LeeAnn Ridley.

The Mc3 Team Roping’s held an event in Dodge City on April 21st. Winning the #14.5 was Justin and Austin Crist with a time of 35.77 seconds on 4 head and $1465 each. The fast time in the short go was Coleton Valentine and Kingston Chang with 6.66 seconds and $200 each. The #12.5 saw Lance Fillmore and Brian Crist win second with a time of 32.42 seconds on 4 head and $1380 each. The #10.5 had Jayla Reed and Justin Crist win 2nd with 36.67 seconds on 4 head. Third was Randy and Scott Morlan with a time of 39.05 seconds and $2075 each. Fast time in the short go went to Jayla Reed and Tony O’Neal-8.47 seconds and $200 each. In the #9.5 Tina Godfrey was third and fast time in the short go went to Darren Ridley and Kevin Morlan-9.44 seconds and $200. The #8.5 had Tyler Hainer and Wyatt Wollert place 5th-27.93 seconds on 3 head and $615 each. The #7 had Tyler Hainer and Eramie James win 3rd with 19.24 seconds on 2 head and $725 each.

The ladies of the Southeast Colorado Can Chasers made the trek to the Mustang Pavilion in Kim, CO for a doubleheader barrel race on April 21st, as well. It was hosted by the Patterson family, who were instrumental in bringing such a great facility to this area. It is a covered arena that is big enough to do a wide array of horse activities. In jackpot #1, the top spot of the first division (1D) was Lindsey Dorenkamp followed by Kenzi Toole and 3rd was Leslie Morris. In the 2D, Stephanie Spitz won it. The 3D had Deb Files as the winner followed by Dorenkamp on horse #2 and 3rd was Tori Hawks. The 4D was won by Spitz on horse #2 followed by Dawni O’Bryan and Kiya Leonard. After a short break jackpot #2 started. Riders were given the option prior to jackpot #1 to roll their time or to run again. Also, if things didn’t go as planned in #1 and the rider chose to roll, she could buy back in to have a chance to run again. The results of jackpot #2 had Sammi Jackson winning the 1D followed by Hawks and third was LeeAnn Ridley. The 2D was won by O’Bryan followed by Shiann Patton and Hawks on horse #2. The 3D was won by Charli Wait followed by Kiya Leonard. The 4D was won by Ridley on horse #2 followed by O’Bryan on horse #2 and third was Jaelin Parker. Stanley mugs were presented to the four division winners in the second jackpot.

LCC student rides a 2-year-old Palomino through the ring at the LCC Legacy Horse Sale.

The Colorado High School Rodeo was in Lamar April 26-28. Jacee and Karlee Kravig had their best showing of the year at their hometown rodeo. Jacee was 7th (Sat,) and 4th (Sun.) in the barrel race and 11th and 19th in the pole bending. Karlee was 15th and 11th in the pole bending. The Kansas High School Rodeo was in Coffeyville where Madison Crane placed 12th and 5th in the goat tying and Jaytyn Hash was 2nd in the calf roping, 4th (Sat.) and 3rd (Sun.) in the team roping.

Hats on for the running of the Kentucky Derby.

Happy Trails.