Dawson Creek gets 'wild and lawless' at horse show

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 The Peace Country Horse and Rider Association presented the third annual Wild and Lawless Horse Show from July 1 to July 3 at the Lakota Agri Centre. The show is so named after Frank Wild and Jack Lawless, two men responsible for organizing rodeos in the region in the 1940's.

“That's where we derived our show's name from, and it's part of the Peace River heritage,” said Lynne May, secretary-treasurer for the horse and rider association.

There were 132 different horse/rider combinations competing in 105 different classes over the weekend. Those classes encompassed five broad categories of equestrian sport – reining, Western, English, gymkhana and jumping.

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The riders varied in experience and age – from four years old to 65 – and most hailed from the B.C. and Alberta Peace regions.

Riders and their horses were judged for accuracy in maneuverings, ability to avoid faults and follow patterns and, for some events, the ability to complete the event in an allotted time. For each class, ribbons and cash prizes were awarded to the top competitors.

The organizers wished to thank the many sponsors in the business community, the volunteers, and the City of Dawson Creek for allowing use of the Lakota Centre, for making the horse show possible.

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