State O-Mok-See hits SM this weekend

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Fastest time wins.

More than 100 riders from different saddle clubs from across the state will travel to St. Maries this weekend for the 2017 Idaho State O-Mok-See.

The event begins with a 4-D barrel race Friday, June 30, and is followed by two days of competition, July 1 and 2. All events will take place at the Benewah County Fairgrounds.

The Idaho Saddle Clubs Association Royalty is hosting the barrel race Friday night as its primary fundraiser.

The Idaho State Saddle Club roayalty this year is represented by local Tensed grls - Baylie Kelly, Eliya Kelly and Bostyn Kelly. The Idaho State Saddle Club's state O-Mok-See is also being held locally this weekend at the Benewah County Fairgrounds.

The Idaho State Saddle Club roayalty this year is represented by local Tensed grls – Baylie Kelly, Eliya Kelly and Bostyn Kelly. The Idaho State Saddle Club’s state O-Mok-See is also being held locally this weekend at the Benewah County Fairgrounds.

Everyone is welcome as this is an open event, and you do not need to be a member of a saddle club to compete. Time-only runs will be at 5:30 p.m. with the race to start at 7 p.m. Payout is 50 percent plus $500 added money in the open class.

Saturday and Sunday will feature speed events on horseback for all age groups including: 8 and younger; 9 to 11; 12 to 15; 16 to 24 women; 16 to 39 men; 25 to 39 women; 40 and older women; and 40 and older men.

Speed events planned for Saturday include pole bending, figure 8, arena, keg race and key race. Sunday’s events will include half 8, polo turn, flag race and speed barrels. There will be an award ceremony Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. There will also be a jackpot team event, pair sack.

Saturday’s festivities start at 8 a.m. with a mandatory riders’ meeting and then grand entry at 9:30 a.m. followed by events. Sunday’s event kick  off at 8:30 a.m. with grand entry.

To compete in the state O-Mok-See, a rider must belong to a saddle club. Riders may still register to compete at the event this weekend. However, since the pre-registration deadline has passed, fees will be doubled.

Spectators and competitors may not access Benewah County Fairgrounds prior to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Camping is available at $10 for dry camping or $15 for hookups per night.

Awards will be given out in each event for each age group. High point awards will also be given. Those who compete in all nine events but do not place will be entered into a $100 gift card drawing. An auction will take place during the O-Mok-See. Also, the rider with the overall fastest time in all nine events will be declared the Jessie Joe Memorial Winner.

Full concessions will be available on site during the event. Registration forms and more information is available online at http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~afalen/.

For more information, contact Brianna Ackerman at (208) 301-0561.

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