By Paul Struck, Editor
A free horsemanship clinic sponsored by area dealers for Purina Mills, LLC, will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Cherokee Arena.
Those area dealers include Livestock Production Center in Marcus, Galva-Holstein AG LLC in Holstein, Ida Grove and Battle Creek, and Heartland Ag Service in Early.
The event will feature noted Performance Horse Trainer Luke Jones of Allerton, who specializes in training, showing and selling horses.
Jones and his wife, Erin, own "Jones Performance Horses" and train up to 30 horses a month for customers in Iowa and surrounding states. Jones trains horses from colt starting to calf roping, team roping, reining, working cowhorse, and cutting.
"At the horsemanship clinic we will be working a lot on getting the horse soft through the face and broke through the body," said Jones. "We will show how this will help riders be more competitive in their events and will make riding more enjoyable. I will also have a question and answer section."
Among some of Jones' accomplishments are training 20 AQHA World Show Qualifiers, winning the Greatest American Paint Horseman Contest, training and showing 35 World and Reserve World Champions in the WFQHA, training the Reserve Champion North Central Reined Cowhorse Futurity, and finishing third at the South Dakota Reined Cowhorse Futurity.
The Cherokee Arena is located one block north of the Little Sioux River bridge on South U.S. Highway 59 in Cherokee, and one block east on Beech Street. There is parking and a concession stand on the grounds.
For more information, call Duane Heschke at 434-2361, or (cell phone) 229-8804.