Anza Lions hold last Gymkhana of the season, award season winners


Last updated 11/16/2017 at Noon

Veronica Chavez practices before the events at the Anza Lions Club Gymkhana Saturday, Nov. 4. Diane Sieker photo

The last Anza Lions Club Gymkhana of the year was held Saturday, Nov. 4. Points leaders were awarded first place silver buckles and second place trophies for their efforts during the season.

The following equestrians won in their divisions:

In Leadline, first place went to Grace Murphy with Khole Smith taking home second place.

In the Pee Wee division, first place was awarded to Cammie Castro and second place to Cali Castro.

In the Intermediate Junior division, first place position was tied between Audrey Kay and Kensey Cirivello. This required a last runoff barrel race to determine the first and second places. Kay won by a fraction of a second something that has never happened in the history of the Anza Lions Gymkhana, according to Lion Roland Vellanoweth. After the runoff, first place was awarded to Audrey Kay with Cirivello taking home second.

In the Juniors division, Abigayle Lauridsen took home first place with second place awarded to Lily Carson.

Patricia Evans took home first place in the Seniors division. Second place was awarded to Larissa Smith.

In the Old Timers division, first place went to Lisa Blanda and second place to Michelle Trist.

Large Equine: First place in the Large Equine division went to Karleen Esparza. Cary Lewis took home second place.

“I rode for Jacquline and her baby Gussie Mae,” said Patricia Evans, Senior Division silver buckle winner. “I gave all the ribbons and the buckle to her. My dear friend was pregnant this year and couldn’t ride so I wanted to win the buckle for her and her new baby girl.”

Amid all the end-of-season hustle and bustle, Workin' Whiskers, an organization that relocates feral cats from high risk situations into better locations where they can work to control rodent populations, set up shop showing off some of their cats. The cats that were in attendance at the Gymkhana were well-socialized and more suited as house pets than the usual “barn cats.” Information about the rescue was also available.

linkRefreshments were served. Lion Thomas Diaz manned the grill, keeping the fans supplied with hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs.

“I like the fact we see riders as young as three and families pull together as one from the grandparents to the new moms and dads,” said Lion Don Stephens of the family-oriented event.

It was a special day of horses, children, prizes and friendly competition. Everyone is looking forward to the start of the Gymkhana season next year.

For more information about the Lions Gymkhana and to view the high points standings, visit

For more information on Workin' Whiskers, visit their Facebook page at

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Arturo Chavez awaits the next event at the Anza Lions Club Gymkhana Saturday, Nov. 4. Diane Sieker photo


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