By Joel van der Veen
MOOSE JAW — Tylar Oliver has some more hardware to add to the collection after competing in provincial riding club finals last month.
Oliver, a Grade 10 student in Davidson, won the high-point Gymkhana buckle in the junior B girls division at the Saskatchewan Riding Clubs Association (SRCA) provincial finals in Moose Jaw.
She and her horse Josey, a chestnut mare, competed in three events — barrel racing, pole bending and the quadrangle race.
Oliver said she’s been riding as long as she can remember, adding, “My dad started me when we moved here, when I was 2.”
She has been riding Josey for the last three years.
Though the mare was new to some competitive events like barrel racing, Oliver said, “She already had that speed mindset in her.”
This was Oliver’s second gymkhana buckle. In 2014, she was the high-point champion in the junior C girls division. She was also voted the SRCA’s provincial queen that year, taking home a trophy saddle.
Nine riders and horses from the Davidson Riding Club competed in this year’s SRCA provincial finals, held Sept. 22 to 24 in Moose Jaw.
Besides Tylar, two other club members picked up high-point buckles over the weekend.
Valerie Brown, riding Penny, received the high-point buckle for her results in the Pioneer Western Performance events.
Meanwhile, Brenda Clarke and Drifter earned the high-point buckle in the senior ladies Gymkhana division, after placing first in three separate events.