What are Western Games?
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.
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.
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.
For more information about the Gaming Division contact the Division Chair Mike Rickert and Michelle Norvell
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)