Melinda Katchur, secretary/treasurer of the Surface Creek Saddle Club, has announced the point totals for gymkhana events through June 20. A gymkhana features horse and rider activities which demonstrate equestrian skills including barrel racing, pole bending, flag races, and a variety of fun events. Riders come from throughout Delta County and elsewhere in Colorado to compete for fun, points, and prizes.
Gymkhana riders compete in five age categories ranging from seven-year-old-and-under to adult. Seven and under contestants either ride with an adult leading the horse or ride solo. Competitors accumulate points toward local prizes awarded at the end of the gymkhana season and they also earn points to qualify for other rodeo competitions.
A gymkhana is held every Wednesday evening throughout the summer with the exception of the Fourth of July. Gates open at 5 p.m. with contestant sign-up from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Competition begins at 6:45 p.m. and generally ends around 9 p.m. The arena is located at 24224 Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge.
Volunteers are always needed. To volunteer, to join the Saddle Club, or for more information, visit the club's Facebook page or online at www.surfacecreeksaddleclub.org.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.