What are Western Games?barrels

Western Games, otherwise known as “Gymkhana”, are equestrian events that consist of speed pattern racing.  The events are designed to display precise, controlled actions, and tight teamwork between horse and rider at speed.  Classes include Barrel Racing, Key Race, Two-Barrel Flag Race, International Flag Race, Figure 8 Stake Race and Pole Bending.

State 4-H rules for the Western Games Division, check out the PNW Contest Guide.  County specific rules can be found in our Horse Department Handbook, Chapter 10.

Western Games has some very specific equipment rules due to the speed and safety.  Be sure you review these rules prior to attending a 4-H Event.

Western Games Tack Guidelines

Youth and parents will be required to sign the Tack Check Verification Form prior to riding at each event.  Youth will be disqualified by the judge for violations of these guidelines.

Western Games Tack Check Verification Form

For more information about the Gaming Division contact the Division Chair Mike Rickert and Michelle Norvell


Time Breaks

2019 Pierce County 4-H

2018 Pierce County 4-H

2017 Pierce County 4-H

State Fair

Pierce County Records

Qualifying for Western Games Medals

Qualifying for Western Games Medals requires (2) two qualifying rides for horse and rider combination (intermediate & seniors only).  The qualifying rides are based on the average time of the top 5 rides in the Senior division at qualifying(s) and fairs for the past three years.  (To be calculated every two years – Qualifying Times breaks changed in 2018)

Do you Qualify to Run for a Bronze in 2019

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Gaming Time History – from 2013-2019 – See how you have improved.

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