S.D. represented at horse racing event The National Pattern Horse Racing Championships (O-Mok-See) were held July 20-25 in Vernal, UT.
Mackenzie and Bailey Gale from Vermillion, Chelsea Wallace of Salem and Samantha Watson of Yankton all represented South Dakota.
Wallace and Watson rode in the 8-11 division. Mackenzie and Bailey Gale rode in the Under 8 division.
Wallace placed in almost all of her events and ended the week placing eighth in high points. Wallace is the daughter of Terry and Val Wallace.
Watson placed eighth in the key race and 10th in figure 8 stake race. Watson is the daughter of Bill and Tammy Watson.
Of the 13 individual events, 5-year-old Bailey Gale placed in six. She was seventh once, ninth twice and 10th three times.
Mackenzie Gale celebrated her eighth birthday on July 20 and it all got better from there. Out of 13 events she entered, she was champion in four, reserve champion in four, fourth in three, fifth once and sixth once.
At the end of the week when it came time for high points awards, she capped it off with the high points championship for her age group and brought home a new Nathan Lamb custom made trophy saddle for her efforts.
We have been told this is the first saddle ever won for South Dakota.
Mackenzie and Bailey Gale are the daughters of Tim and Jerri Gale of Vermillion and granddaughters of Jerry and Deb Girard of Elk Point and Mike Gale of Jackson, NE. Mackenzie and Bailey Gale and Samantha Watson are the granddaughters of Joe and Betty Grause of Vermillion.