The Rimbey Sleigh, Wagon and Saddle Club and the Rimbey Ag Society will be hosting the Annual Cutter Parade and Snow Dayz on Jan. 28.
The event has been going on for around 30 years.
“The event has gotten bigger and better each year since we got together with the Rimbey Ag Society,” said Doug Rogers, member of the Rimbey Sleigh, Wagon and Saddle Club.
Rogers said his favourite part of the day is out driving the horses.
The event will be held at the Co-operators Agrim Centre with a wide range of events taking place throughout the day.
Kicking things off will be the Cutter Parade, which begins at 11:00 a.m. at the open field by the auction mart.
“Horse safety is a big concern with us. We’re worried about ice and gravel and stuff like that, so we go into a plowed field that’s a little more foot secure for the horses,” said Rogers.
Registration for the Cutter Parade will be done at 10:00 a.m.
Snow Dayz events will be in the arena from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., with a polo cross demonstration from a polo cross team from Calgary. A canine guard dogs demonstration will take place at 1 p.m. along with the Famous Chili Cook Off also at 1 p.m. A presentation will be given to the winner of the cook off. At 3 p.m. a local chore challenge event will take place with members from the Rimbey Sleigh, Wagon and Saddle Club. They will be extending their invitation out to people who come out to the parade with teams to stick around and participate as well.
The Farmer’s Market will be set up in the main lobby area of the Ag Centre, while the upstairs will feature the new and used tack and western wear sale, a silent auction and live auction at 3 p.m. Proceeds will be going to the Alicia McKendrick Stable in Bentley. Alicia Jolene McKendrick was the female rider from Bentley who was killed last year during opening practice at the Ponoka Stampede.
Live auction items will include Ponoka Stampede tickets for the final day Sunday Performance and the Sunday Showdown, donated by the Ponoka Stampede, Ponoka Boston Pizza donations, an overnight cabin stay at MSW Farms and a horse and foal statue donated by the Jones Boys.
This year they will be having the Mini’s in Motion from the Rimbey area, with a group of miniature horse enthusiasts who bring horses over for the kids to meet.