A strong field of 56 competitors ranging from sub-juniors to adults saddled up for some horseback fun in the red dirt of the Murchison at this year’s Mount Magnet Gymkhana. The Easter event, held on Saturday, April 8, attracted the biggest crowd the town has had in recent years and competitors from as far away as Perth, Karratha and Carnarvon. Highlights of the day included the Adults Barrel Race, sponsored by Breakaway Beef, which was scooped by Tui Magner of Karratha. The experienced horsewoman — who works at Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation in the Pilbara — took out the fastest time at 19.16 seconds and won the highly-coveted $1700 cash prize. Proving the quality of talent on show, second place was a tie between Mullewa farmer Kylie Rowe and Trish Jones at 19.62 seconds. The pair split the second prize $800 cash prize to take home a healthy $400 each. Third place and a cash prize of $500 was won by Annetoinette Beck, with a time of 19.87 seconds. The weather was a perfect 26 degrees, the canteen was fully stocked with delicious food and the bar with cold beer. The day was a fantastic success and riders from all affiliated clubs of the Murchison Gymkhana Association enjoyed a great day of friendly competition. The final tally of points at the end of the day were Mount Magnet Gymkhana Club on 113 points, East Gascoyne Gymkhana Club on 106 points, Yalgoo Gymkhana Club on 54 points and Meekatharra Gymkhana Club on 19 points. Long standing former Mount Magnet Gymkhana Club president Paul Jones and his wife Janet Jones, from Boogardie Station, Mount Magnet were also awarded the first life memberships of the Mount Magnet Gymkhana Club. The pair were recognised for their incredible 28 years of running the gymkhana. Gymkhanas are important events throughout the Murchison region, bringing together riders, spectators, and the all-important volunteers for a much-needed social occasion. The Mount Magnet Races will be held on September 23.