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Clinic draws participants from across state


Clinic participants from left to right: Top row: Dusty Rose, Grand Coulee; Clara Downey, Okanogan; Rhett Eng, Benton City; Kelly Mills, Quincy; McKenna Ott, Twisp; Jayden Mitchell, Twisp; Shannon Workinger, Quincy; Sierra Studer, Connell; Jaycee Richie, Tonasket. Middle row: Karlie Richey, Tonasket; Assistant Christina Knapp, Okanogan; Assistant Brandy Yuckert, Ellensburg; Jackie Jackson-Gudmundson, Monroe; Madisen Granado, Deer Park; Annie Minor, Ellensburg; Emma Hulse, Snohomish; Grace Hager, Snohomish; Ella Hager, Snohomish; Brooke Richie, Tonasket; Presley Somes, Omak. Front row: Payton Nachtigal, Davenport; Shelby Evans, Inchelium; Lindsey Jones, Okanogan; Leah Mason, Inchelium; Shandy Evans, Inchelium. - Scott Hunter photo

From far and near, 23 young riders attended The Ridge Riders Saddle Club's barrel racing clinic last week.

Taught by Jackie Jackson-Gudmundson, the clinic brought students from as far away as Snohomish, Washington, who wanted to learn from a champion in the popular rodeo event.

Handing out certificates and prizes, and commenting on each student's attributes at the close of the clinic April 5, Jackson-Gudmundson, now of Monroe, had each participant sign a promise as to how they will conduct themselves.

The clinic is about more than horsemanship; the coach models courtesy, self respect, discipline and gratitude.

Originally from Nespelem, Jackson-Gudmundson has put on the clinic for three years.

"It's really fun to come back here, because I grew up here," she said. "It warms my heart to come back to a community that gave me so much."

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