Pass Area Gymkhana returns to far-from-perfect rescue of Mustangs

BANNING, CA — For $25 an hour, you can learn to ride from volunteers and support the Pass Area Far From Perfect Mustang Rescue. The Cherry Valley-based non-profit horse ranch is on a mission to rescue, rehabilitate, retrain, and rehabilitate mustangs and other horses in need.

On February 5, they will perform the first show of the 2022 Gymkhana season in their home ring at Banning at: 43091 Bob Cat Road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mustang Rescue’s far-from-perfect spokesperson Annette Sappingfield spoke with Patch about their upcoming show that will help fund their operations through the spring of 2022, as well as the students and volunteers who make their ranch a success. .

What is Gymkhana?

“We always do courses for donations,” Sappingfield says. Courses that fill up quickly, according to the February schedule. Gymkhana was a side hobby of many ranch volunteers.

Gymkhana is an equestrian event of sprint races and timed games in which riders can participate.

“We would take our personal horses and compete in gymkhanas in our area,” Sappingfield said. As students and families learned what was possible, organizing their own event was natural for the rescue.

The rescue will hold its gymkhana show at the ranch for the third year. They select students to compete alongside riders outside of lifesaving.

“They come to have fun or improve their time,” she said. Also in attendance this weekend will be spectators, photographers, outside vendors, volunteers taking out adoptable horses to introduce them to potential adopters, and now adopters on their now-forever horses, Sappingfield told Patch.

As students become comfortable riding, others are invited to participate. “Students fell in love with the gymkhana as something to look for in class.”

Fundraising and community outreach are ongoing at the rescue, and regular gymkhanas are a natural fundraiser that’s also fun.

Rescue offers local riders the opportunity to compete with their horses, and their young students see what is possible as they develop their love of horses.

“Besides a lesson here or there, it’s a really great way for students to help support the program,” she said.

The band splits gymkhana entrance fees and merchandise between the rescue and the shows. Gymkhana shows have become their own animal.
“Half the funds go towards supplies and equipment for future shows and the other half towards the rescue itself for items such as food, medical supplies and other necessities for the horses we have the support of. charged.

According to Sappingfield, it’s not just the horses that are “far from perfect”.
“We don’t claim to have all the answers or solutions. We make mistakes. We’re human,” she said. “But at the end of the day, everything we do is in the best interests of the horses and the people we’re trying to help. We don’t have fancy trucks or equipment, but we get by with the things that are given to us and we are grateful that we can do what we love every day. You will see #lovewhatwedohere on almost all of our social media posts because at the end of the day, we love what we do and this show in definitely part of it.

Catch the next gymkhana show on February 5 at the gymkhana club ring in Banning at: 43091 Bob Cat Road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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