What is Gymkhana?

Gymkhana is an equestrian event that consists of a speed pattern of racing and timed events for riders on horses.


APGA Show Schedule for 2019 Season

2019 Schedule Dates:

  • Thorsby: May 24, 25 - "Flying Dirt" Barrel Race Fundraiser

  • Thorsby: May 26 - Opening Show Gymkhana

  • Rich Valley: July 6, 7  Cancelled

  • Mosside: July 13, 14  Cancelled unfortunately not able to reschedule for this year

  • Eaglesham: July 20, 21

  • Long Island Lake: July 27,28 - Cancelled

  • Thorsby: August 31, Sept 1 - Finals

Due to a challenging weather season with only 3 one day APGA Shows this year, we have a different format for our Year End Show at the Thorsby Haymaker Centre.


Friday, August 30: ABRA Barrel Jackpot (APGA Fundraiser) Entry fee is CASH only.

5:30 pm: Arena & concession opens

7:00 pm: Start

  • $800 added in the open
  • $200 added in the youth
  • Open $40 ($13 hold back)
  • Youth $25 ($7 hold back)
  • Peewee $5 (get $5 back)
  • Exhibitions $5 per go at end of jackpot
  • Follows ABRA rules

Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st: GYMKHANA, Minimum $4000 added

8:30 am: Concession opens

9:00 -10:30 am: Register: pay Entry fee, power & stalls;

  • $30/day for APGA members
  • $40/day for non APGA members
  • $10/day for Pre-peewee
  • $15/day/horse for exhibition (2nd horse/no prizes)
  • $20/nt for a stall (incl 1 bag of shavings, 1st come, first served)
  • $10/nt for power (1st come, 1st served)

11:30 am:  Grand Entry; All riders in full tack and western attire - Presentations and Season Leader High Point Awards


Sunday September 1                             

8:30 am: Concession opens

11:00 am:  Start

  • After arena cleared and all equipment loaded,
  • Payout:  All riders in the arena with full tack and western attire
  • Cash payout for each day, plus $50 cash prize for High Point rider in each class based on 2 day overall points accumulated

For all APGA Shows:

  • Cheques made payable to APGA, all riders must sign a waiver. Riders under the age of 18 years old must wear a SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) certified equine helmet when on a horse.
  • Riders must abide by the rules and regulations as set in the APGA Rule Book.
  • Classes: Pre-peewee, PeeWee, Junior, Intermediate, Ladies (18-34), Women (35-49), Men, Senior, Novice

Set up Schedule is:         

  • Barrels: Everyone & Novice
  • Poles: Men
  • Stakes: Intermediates
  • Keyhole: Women (Saturday), Ladies (Sunday)
  • Flags: Seniors (Peewees & Juniors re-set flags)
  • Knockdowns: Everyone

If you would like to have pizza on Saturday after the show, please pay at Registration:

$5 Cash/person and note your pizza preference from Thorsby Family Restaurant

Pizza will be delivered to the grounds.

To volunteer or for more information please

Contact APGA President Tom Robinson 780-910-4158

* Minimum number of shows to qualify for Finals has been adjusted to reflect our difficult weather year that resulted in cancellations: If you joined APGA and competed 1 day at Thorsby, you qualify for Finals. If you joined at Eaglesham and competed 1 day, you qualify for Finals.

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Contact: Rene Surcan

(780) 967-3400 / cell (780) 674-0678

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Mailing address: R.R. 1 Gunn, AB T0E 1A0