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100-degree temps usher in County Fair in Sunday gymkhana PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Triple R Saddle Club brought its Haxtun arena gymkhana to the Phillips County Fairgrounds to kick off Fair activities Sunday, July 20.

Pegged as the Leland Miller Memorial Gymkhana, the event featured two separate gymkhanas, each with five events including pole bending, stake race, flags, barrel race and keyhole race. Riders competed in four divisions: adult, senior, junior and peewee.

A tribute to Miller was given by announcer Melissa Evans, his daughter, at the beginning of the morning event.

Miller, who died 28 years ago, left his legacy in this county and on this fairgrounds, said Evans. He served as county commissioner for 12 years and was instrumental in bringing several up-and-coming musical stars to the Fair. One he was most proud to bring to Phillips County was Dottie West.

Miller’s first love at the Fair was the round robin and secondly, rodeo and horse contests for youth.

Miller’s daughter, Melinda Groshans, organizes the Triple R Saddle Club gymkhana season in Haxtun and was pleased to bring two gymkhana events to Holyoke to kick off the week’s Fair activities.

Sara Adams has the help from her mom, Emma, as she bravely
grabs the flag in Sunday’s peewee division flag race.  
—Enterprise photo

Open to anyone, the Triple R Saddle Club (Riding, Roping and Recreation) formed close to 30 years ago when the Haxtun Arena was built.

A total of 12 gymkhanas are part of Triple R’s circuit this summer. The two held Sunday are included in that total as participants vie for top points for the season.

Prizes for Sunday’s gymkhanas were donated by Triple R, as well as Grainland Co-op.

More than 50 contestants stayed strong even when the temperatures climbed to the 100-degree mark early in the day.


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Holyoke Enterprise July 24, 2014