Gymkhana Time!

It’s gymkhana time at Sylvan Dale! For those of you who do not know what a gymkhana is, it is an event in which riders play games on horseback. Each week our guests participate in a gymkhana, and winners receive prizes!

The kids played against each other on the horse they were assigned to for the week. They played games such as pole bending, barrel racing, the boot scramble, the cow pie toss, and an egg and spoon race! Adults competed against each other as well and played similar games with added difficulty.

Where does “gymkhana” come from?

Gymkhana is a term that originated from the United Kingdom and has since been used in the United States. Gymkhanas often emphasize the participation of children and most events are timed. In some areas in the western United States this type of competition is called an “O-Mok-See”, which is a Native American term meaning “games on horseback.”

Rain or shine we still ride!

Our brave competitors started the competition in a steady rain that started to fall last Friday at Sylvan Dale which was a nice relief from the hot summer day. The kids loved the added challenge the rain provided and had a blast on their horses. The rain started to let up as the competition continued which the adults were grateful for.

Guests used their creativity when coming up with a name for their team when the game required a partner. The competition was stiff towards the end as there were many rounds in which only a second or two separated first and second place!

Check out the photos below from last week’s gymkhana and see the fun for yourself!