Maddy Mayhew rides Lulu during a recent Gymkhana at Cold Brook Stables in Vernon. (Submitted photo)
Maddy Mayhew rides Lulu during a recent Gymkhana at Cold Brook Stables in Vernon. (Submitted photo)

BRATTLEBORO -- A Gymkhana, which consists of speed pattern racing and timed games for riders of horses, was recently held at Cold Brook Stables on 88 West Road in Vernon.

The leadline grand champion is Elizabeth Brown, while the reserve champions are Viola Brown and Alex Johnson. The Youth Open Division 1 grand champion is Maddy Mayhew, the Adult Open Division 1 grand champion is Sarah Emmons, the Adult Open Division 2 grand champion is Laurie Bayer, and the Adult Open Division 2 reserve champion is Debra Gendreau.

In Open Division 2, Laurie Bayer won a slaughterhouse rescue horse named Ruby Begonia in April. The horse was rescued from a "kill pen" -- the last stop for horses before slaughter which is done in Canada and Mexico since the United States banned slaughtering horses. The horse is a gem and has found a new life with Bayer, who is the owner of Starfish Farms in Putney.

The next event at Cold Brook Stables is a benefit trail ride on Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. All donations and proceeds of this event will go to the Therrien family of Vernon to cover medical and family needs.

An Open Horse Show, which is a fun day of showing and learning with your horse, is scheduled for Sept. 6 at 8 a.m. There will be many divisions for all levels of riders. Games and barrels will begin around 3 p.m. The judge will be Kelli Wainscott.

Cold Brook Stables will host a Fall Trail Challenge on Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. and another Gymkhana (games and barrels on horses) will take place on Oct. 5 at 10 a.m.


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, with leadline and walk/trot divisions.

For questions and registration forms for any of the upcoming events, contact Cheryl Brown at 802-258-0905 or visit www.coldbrookstables.com.

Note: Cold Brook Stables is a family owned/operated business operating in Vernon. It offers boarding, training, riding lessons, and trail riding on over 80 acres of scenic Vermont farmland. It holds horse shows, game days and clinics inside a 177x100-foot outdoor arena.