The Equine Play Day event in 2017 was one heck of a great time! Thankfully, Mother Nature played along and the Rockford arena was just barely dry enough for the festivities to go on. Caution cones were utilized to mark the mud holes and keep horses and riders from inadvertently venturing into flooded spaces.
The Rockford horse arena can be found as you continue south past the gas station on 1st Street, to the right and behind the baseball diamond. Trailer parking is available in the baseball park and along the horse arena driveway. Running water will be available, but bring your own water buckets.
This equine play day began as an addition to the Southeast Spokane County Fair in order to enable the fair in Rockford, Washington, to collect a state ribbon award. Since its introduction, the event has been self-supporting by using entry fees and raffle drawings to raise funds for the next year's awards and utilizing a volunteer staff.
Each year's events vary and are chosen by our volunteer timers and judges. Typically, events such as California Stake, Keyhole, and Birangle are on the roster; sorry, no cloverleaf barrels. The final event of the day is always Ride-a-Buck. In this event, contestants must ride bareback while keeping a dollar bill between their thigh and their horse: the last buck wins.
Events will start promptly at 9:00am, so be at the arena and checked in by 8:45am. Remember, 1st Street between the bank and the gas station will be closed around 8:40 for the Harvest Hoops 3 on 3 basketball tournament.
Entry fees are $5.00 per event or $20.00 for the whole day.