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Calendar of Events:

*Please keep in mind that due to weather and a whole host of other reasons, the dates of events may change or an event may even be canceled. If there is any doubt, call before you haul.

Please send us your upcoming events! Send an e-mail with the particulars to thomasjc68@gmail.com with ‘KHC Calendar’ in the subject line. You may also send events to: KHC Events, 8831 Quail Lane, Suite 201, Manhattan, KS 66502.


♦ Flying W Ranch in the Kansas Flint Hills has a 2016 calendar full of dates for Cattle Drives, Trail Rides, Bringing Home the Remuda, the Rodeo Weekend, Moonlight Rides, and more! Ride their ranch horses or bring your own. Experience the Tallgrass Prairie and Cowboy Culture in the heart of the Flint Hills. For more info: www.flinthillsflyingw.com, info@flinthillsflyingw.com, or call Gwen at 620-340-2802.


 North East Kansas Small Area Group (NEKSAG) is a family friendly competitive horse show environment with many 4-H members placing at the State Fair each year. www.neksaganythinghorses.com


♦  Douglas County Trail Riders offers a wide range of activities and educational events including trail rides, horse shows, cowboy challenge courses, clinics, parades, fundraisers, community service, social events and parties. See our upcoming events at www.dctr.org or follow us on Facebook.


♦ Gyp Hills Trail Rides, near Medicine Lodge,  is open to campers and riders 365 days a year. Visitors are given a map that details 10,000 acres of open trails. Guided rides are offered for groups of 20 or more, as well as access to the air-conditioned Cowboy Cafe.  Ride on your own for $10/day per person; you provide your own equine, tack, and camping equipment. For more information on riding on your own or Gyp Hills organized rides, go to gyphillstrailride@hotmail.com or call Robert Larson, 620-886-9822.


The Ultimate Horseman’s Challenge Association (UHCA) has 8 exciting obstacle challenge events scheduled for 2016.  See the schedule and contact information at www.ultimatehca.comEnd of the year awards are fantastic.  Our budget includes approximately $7,000 for prizes awarded to members at the Annual Meeting and Banquet.   In addition to those we also anticipate awarding of two saddles donated by loyal sponsors. These events are for ages 5 upwards.  Our events are also sanctioned for EXCA points which can be qualify the rider for the EXCA World Championships in Hamilton, Texas.






  • 28 Annual Saddle Up for St. Jude Cancer Benefit Trail Ride, sponsored by the Garnett Saddle Club.  Registration, 11am; ride, 1pm. $30/family; $15/individual. Meal follows ride. Free primitive camping Saturday night. Location: George & Sandy McCorkel’s, 22416 Farlin Rd, Parker. Directions: 1 miles east of Parker, 1 1/4 mi north on Farlin Rd OR 4 miles south of Begal, 1 mi west and 1/2 south on Farlin Rd. Info: George McCorkel, 913-898-4793; Howard Williams, 785-304-0865, Jerry Wicks, 785-418-1725.


  • 28 UHCA Race @ C5T Ranch, Benton. Registration begins 7:30am; walk-thru Buckaroo/Youth/Novice Course, followed by Intermediate/Colt walk-thru; Competition begins at 9am. Walk-thru for Classic, Amateur, Open not before Noon. Concessions for breakfast and lunch. Contact: Kristin Cloud, 913-219-3381, c5tranch@hotmail.com. Go to website for details: www.ultimatehca.com.


  • 28-30 Kansas Pony of the Americas Promo Show & MID-America Regionals, Kingman. Great family fun, exceptional awards, easily accessible stalls, fun games for all ages, RV hookups, snacks and drinks available. All shows pre-enter the Monday before show date. For more information and entry forms, go to www.KansasPOA.com; or call President Kyle Nordick, 316-807-4988, or Show Secretary Linda Cherry, 316-708-0978.


  • 28-30 Memorial Weekend Blowout Trail Ride, The Oasis, 86 S. US Hwy 281, Great Bend (across from Barton Historical Society.  Dental and sheath clinics offered; call to reserve spot. Free primitive camping available; call to reserve camping spot. Bring water for you and your horse. Bring lawn chair. BBQ supper Saturday and Sunday nights, bring dish to share. Call Sherry Axman for more information and reservations at 620-786-4294.




  • 4-5 Big Sugar Ranch Spring Trail Ride, Centerville. Primitive camping; meals provided for Saturday pm, Sunday am and lunch. Explore on your own or join a guided ride. Follow on Facebook at Big Sugar Ranch Spring Trail Ride for details or call 913-898-2260.


  • 17-18 20th Annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering, Ft. Scott Community College, Ft. Scott. Cowboys from Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri Oklahoma come together to tell tall tails and big windies in stories, songs, and cowboy poetry. The chuck wagon that is set up outside has hot, cowboy coffee all day long and serves a tasty lunch for a free will offering. Friday night, June 17th kicks off our special 20 year Echoes celebration with a Cowboy dance from 7:00 to 10;30 p.m. in an alcohol and smoke free environment. Jason Richison and Crossfire Band with Kinley Taylor Rice will have Grandmas and Grandpas as well as the young-uns up dancing: two-stepping, waltzing, and lots of western swing. During the band’s breaks there will be open mic for those aspiring cowboy or cowgirl poets who want to recite a poem. Saturday, June 18th starts at 9:00 a.m. with the Pie baking contest and the Western Trade show with vendors providing Western Art, Leather Cowboy working goods, Western Jewelry, local artisans and much more. From 10:00 – 12:00 cowboy poets, singers and story tellers will beguile you with their entertainment. At noon its out to the Chuck Wagon where a special group of “Cookies” associated with “Heroes Among Us” a not for profit organization that helps local Veterans and First Responders, will ply you with stick to your ribs cowboy grub. All proceeds from the free will offering for lunch goes to help support the outreach of “Heroes Among Us.” . They humbly say 99% of all donations go to the needs of Veterans and Responders. They web site explains more about them: http://www.heroesamongus.org/  From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. its more top notch, nationally recognized performers. You don’t want to miss Jim Hoy at 1:15. Jim is a 4th generation Kansas Rancher, Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee, Historian and Folklorist, Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University, and author of 17 books dealing with ranching and ranch life. His stories, songs, and poems are steeped in historical accuracy and first hand knowledge. Others who will capture you hearts and bring out the cowboy longing in all of us include Jay Snider, Trey Allen, Bill White, Ron Ratliff, Royce Smith, Steven Spalding, Jerry Allen and more.From 5:00 to 7:00 you are on your own – Check out the old Historical Fort Scott, an original Calvary outpost along the Santa Fe Trail is now part of the National Parks Service.. Fort Scott is a small college town with some great places to eat. Fort Scott National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)  But don’t go far – the best is yet to come at Echoes. From 7:00 to 9:30ish the evening performers will have you laughing, crying and singing along.. Geff Dawson, Rancher, multiple, award winning Cowboy Poet lights up the stage with his amusing and insightful entertainment. http://www.ranchcowboy.com/geffhome.htm  Del Shields, Kansas Rancher, Cowboy entertainer is nationally known for his weekly appearance as Co-Host on RFD TV’s show “Best of America by Horseback” with Tom Seay.  Johnny Kendrick is a man of few words, but when he puts them to song, they are poignant,and heartfelt. John is Co-Founder along with Arnold Schofield of Echoes Of The Trail. He and Arnold had the vision and its been 20 years of bringing history and cowboys together. John’s haunting poem and song “Echoes Of The Trail” is the lead off of every Echoes Gathering since 1996. John’s two sons Jackson and Sam will join John on stage providing Fiddle and upright Bass accompaniments along with vocal harmonies as only the “Branchy Boys” can do them. VETERANS –  All veterans and active duty military get in for half price.. This is our way of saying  “Thank you for all you have done and are doing.”  We could not have an Echoes Of The Trail without your service and sacrifice. There is lots more information AND you can buy your tickets right now, today, this very moment by going to our web page: http://www.echoesofthetrail.com/  Go to our FB page and like us and keep abreast of all the announcements and updates. Share our event and invite folks to come. Please feel free to share – post – advertise – announce all or any of this information. If you would like to volunteer and then be able to get in free to Echoes please contact: Judy Howser email: howserconsulting@gmail.com or 620 223-0736, Diann Tucker email: tuckerquarterhorses@hotmail.com or 620-223-0195


  • 17-19 KCDA Eitan Beth-Halachmy Clinic & Schooling Show, Topeka. Find more information on KCDA on Facebook or at www.kansascowboydressage.com.


  • 17-19 – Kerry Kuhn Annual Trail Ride & Clinic at Gypsum Hills Trail Rides, Medicine Lodge.  Make reservations at www.kerrykuhn.com.


  • 18 UHCA Race @ R Bar B, Topeka. Registration opens at 7:30am. Contact: Linda Schuetz, 785-286-3006, sales@rbarb.com, http://www.rbarb.com. Details at www.ultimatehca.com.


  • 3 KBRA Jackpot. 10 am, Lucky Spur Saddle Club, Oskaloosa. Find more info on FB – KBRA Jackpot.



  • 16 UHCA Race @ Von Holten Ranch, Mora, MO. Negative Coggins required. Registration begins 7:30am. Information: www.vonholtenranch.com, vonholtenranch@yahoo.com, Brandy Von Holten, 660-668-0880 or 816-719-5988. Details at www.ultimatehca.com.


  • 16-17 MODTRA 15- and 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, West Point Equestrian Campground, Eisenhower State Park, Melvern Lake.
    Melvern Lake MODTRA Ride


  • 16-17 Centered Riding Clinic with Carol O’Donnell Wilson, Level 3 Centered Riding Instructor & Clinician, Level 4 Apprentice Instructor, Salt Creek Ranch, Lyndon. Improve Riding Position and Balance, Security and Confidence, Horse’s Performance and Response to Your Aids. For more info or registration, click on link to flyer: Centered Riding Clinic


  • 25-26 POA Show (25th) and Open All-Breed Show (26th) (POA IBC), Kingman.  Great family fun, exceptional awards, easily accessible stalls, fun games for all ages, RV hookups, snacks and drinks available. All shows pre-enter the Monday before show date. For more information and entry forms, go to www.KansasPOA.com; or call President Kyle Nordick, 316-807-4988, or Show Secretary Linda Cherry, 316-708-0978.



  • 20 UHCA Race & R&D Ranch, Topeka. Registration begins 7am. Contact: Cindy Branham, 785-224-1747 or 785-267-0004,  therockinrc@gmail.com, Details at www.ultimatehca.com.


  • 26-28 KCDA Gathering & Regional Show, sponsored by Kansas Cowboy Dressage Asso, Kansas Expocentre, Topeka. Find more information on KCDA on Facebook or at www.kansascowboydressage.com.




  • 14-18 Best of America by Horseback Jesse James Trail Ride, Clay County, MO. Come join us for a Weekend Ride on The Westward Trailways. You will get to ride on historic trails where Jesse James and the Gang once rode and take part in the Living History Ride on the James Farm. This will be a filmed trail ride with Best of America by Horseback TV hosts Tom Seay and Del Shields, and you may have the chance to appear on RFD-TV’s Best of America by Horseback TV Show. The weekend package includes ticket to the Jesse James Festival, Rodeo and an authentic Kansas City BBQ Dinner. Complete registration details are on our website at www.claycountymo.gov/bestofamerica. Event updates are posted on our Facebook page, like us at facebook.com/claycountyhorsetrails and find out the latest on the event section. $175/rider; $75/non-rider. Camping and equestrian accommodations available upon request. To register call Rachel at 816-407-3652, rgraves@claycountymo.gov.


  • 15 Open Breed Pleasure Stakes and POA Show, Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson.   Great family fun, exceptional awards, easily accessible stalls, fun games for all ages, RV hookups, snacks and drinks available. All shows pre-enter the Monday before show date. For more information and entry forms, go to www.KansasPOA.com; or call President Kyle Nordick, 316-807-4988, or Show Secretary Linda Cherry, 316-708-0978.


  • 17-18 UHCA Race and Colt Challenge, Flint Hills Rodeo Grounds, Strong City. UHCA race is Sunday; full day of events on Saturday benefit the Flint Hills Rodeo Assoc. Details at www.ultimatehca.com.


  • 24 KCDA Schooling Show, Udall. Find more information on KCDA on Facebook or at www.kansascowboydressage.com.


  • 24-25 2nd Annual Trail Ride to Benefit Rockin’ K Campground, Kanopolis Lake.  Saturday, 9:30am – guided ride; 6pm, potluck supper, live auction, raffle. Sunday, 9am – breakfast followed by ride. $25/rider (includes one raffle ticket and Sunday breakfast). Reserve your campsite at www.reserveamerica.com.  Become a $50 sponsor by June 30 and receive a t-shirt. T-shirts available at ride, $15. Raffle tickets 5/$1. All proceeds benefit upgrades and improvements to the Rockin’ K Campground. Contact: Tracy McIntyre, 620-680-0935.



  • 1 UHCA Race @ Burlington Fall Celebration, Kelly Park Rodeo Arena, Burlington. Details at www.ultimatehca.com.


  • 1-2 Trail Ride to Benefit Rockhaven Equestrian Camp & Trails, Clinton Lake. Campers may arrive Friday; share potluck at Shelter House Friday evening with live music by Bluestem. All-day ride Saturday to west end of trails; pack your lunch. Shorter rides available or ride on own. Homemade chili and pie Saturday evening followed by auction. Breakfast served Sunday am, then ride to dam and back. Reserve your campsite at reserveamerica.com. $25/each; $15 for kids age 12 and under. All proceeds benefit Rockhaven Campground and South Shore trails. Contact Diana Skinner, 785-748-0850 or dgskinner85@gmail.com. Clinton Trailride Flyer 2016


  • 7-9 Trail Ride to Benefit Eisenhower State Park Equestrian Campgrounds & Trails, Melvern Lake. 

2016 ESP Ride Flyer

2016 ESP Ride Registration


  • 8-9 – All Mule Ride at Gypsum Hills Trail Rides, Medicine Lodge. $40/each; potluck dinner Saturday night; breakfast provided Sunday am. Find more information or make reservation at www.gypsumhillstrailrides.com.


  • 22-23 KCDA Jean Luc Connille Science of Motion Clinic with KSU, Manhattan. Find more information on Kansas Cowboy Dressage Association on Facebook or at www.kansascowboydressage.com.




  • 3 The Kansas Horse Council is excited to announce that Dr. Temple Grandin will be the featured speaker at Horse Care 101, KSU, Manhattan! Dr. Grandin is a world-renowned autism spokesperson and consultant on animal behavior. She was one of the 2010 Times magazine’s top 100 of most influential people in the world. Stay tuned for more information.