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Ag Club Horse Series Announces 2018 Schedule
January 12, 2018

The Walters State Ag Club has announced the schedule for the 2018 Winter Horse Series. The series provides opportunities for horse owners to have their horses in an arena environment while raising funds for agriculture scholarships.
All events are held at the Walters State Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center in White Pine. All events are cash only.
Ranch Sorting begins at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 and Feb. 20. The fee is $5 per rider per practice run. Ranch sorting practice is done by a two-person team with a two-minute time limit. Horned cattle will be used.
Fun Run Night will be at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 22. For a class list, visit
Call-In Limited Round Robin will begin at 6 p.m. on Jan. 25 (call on Jan. 22); Feb. 6 (call on Jan. 29); Feb. 15 (call on Feb. 12); and March 6 (call on Feb. 26). Calls must be made to Kelly Little at 423-483-4200. No voicemails or texts accepted. Roping starts at 7 p.m. with 12 per side and $150 per roper with a 60 percent payback.
Exhibition Barrel and Pole Runs begins at 5 p.m. on Jan. 30, Feb. 13, Feb. 27 and March 13. Gates open at 5 p.m. The fee is $10 per rider with two run tickets. Additional run tickets are $3 each or 4 for $10. Only paid riders will be allowed in the arena.
Heel-O-Matic Team Roping Round Robin will be on Jan. 23, Feb. 1, Feb. 20, and Feb. 22. The covered arena opens at 5 p.m. with roping starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $20 a roper with a 50 percent payback. Scoring will be done by times. This is a great event for beginners. For more information, call Greg Miller at 423-608-4409. 
The Ranch Rodeo is a spectator event and will begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 7-17 and six and under free. Activities include team roping, calf doctoring and branding, cow hide racing, chute dogging, wild cow milking and more. Audiences can be involved through the stick horse race and the calf ribbon chase. 
The popular speed show will be March 16-17. An extra $3,850 has been added to the prize this year. To request a show schedule, call 423-585-2663.  

Since the program’s inception, more than $100,000 has been raised for agriculture scholarships. The event also provides agriculture majors with valuable experience in event management. For more information on any of the events, contact Tera Bunch Howerton, head of the Walters State agriculture department at 423-585-2663 or