Courtesy photos by Tashana Cortez
LJay Carvalho competes for the best time in a dummy goat tying event during the April 27 Gymkhana Ohana Fun Day at Panaewa Equestrian Center.
Panaewa Equestrian Center will again be the site of the Gymkhana Ohana Fun Day on Sunday. The Gymkhana Ohana invites all participants — from keiki to adult — to join in fun, timed events on horseback or without a horse. The division events, which get under way at 8:30 a.m., are geared for keiki, beginners, novice, partners and “open-to-all” divisions. This is the fourth fun day.
“The public is welcome, with no admission, to watch events typical of the old paniolo days,” said a spokesman for the Gymkhana Ohana.
Register and enter events in girls’ and boys’ dummy goat tying with no-horse and goat tying on-horse for 6 and over; egg racing on-horse/ no-horse open to all; dummy roping open to all; breakaway (no tying up) calf roping on-horse ages 6 and above; goat undecorating (take-um-off ribbon) no-horse for 12 and under; barrel racing (go round the barrels) led-on-horse/on-horse, open to all; pole-bending (go round the poles) on-horse open to all; keyhole (race to the hole/back) on-horse, open to all; rescue (my partner) on-horse for over 10; various flag racing (with partner) on-horse, open to all.
The last event on April 27 rounded up approximately 100 “wannabe” winners for events leading to first-, second- and third-place trophies, ribbons and spending bucks in the open-to-all division. First-place winners for this season will receive trophies, and all placing first- through fourth-places receive ribbons. First-place winners in the open-to-all events receive spending bucks and trophies.
“The all-day fun event is expected to again bring together families and friends, with or without lunches, as a concession is open to all,” said coordinators. “Enjoy watching the events sitting under the county’s newly built covered bleachers and refurbished arena, or bring your own tents, too.”
Entry forms are available at Del’s Farm Supply, Miranda’s Feed Store, OV Feed and Farm, from Tammy in Ka‘u, and Convenience Plus in Honokaa. To register or for more information, contact event promoter Jackie Olivera at 987-6001.