Wayne Gretzky of reined horse visits Moose Jaw

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Ted Robinson hosts skills clinic

Moose Jaw hosted a legend of the horse world Saturday when Ted Robinson rode into town.

Ted Robinson (left) gives pointers to a reined horse rider during his workshop at the Golden Nugget Arena in Moose Jaw Saturday.

Robinson — the winningest rider in the history of reigned cow horse — hosted a clinic at the Golden Nugget Centre on the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds Saturday.

"He's absolutely a big deal," said Mel Burns, one of the clinic's organizers and a spokesperson for the Saskatchewan Reining Horse Association. "He's probably the Wayne Gretzky of the reined cow horse world. It's an honour and a privilege to have him here, and we're really happy."

Burns and the SRHA weren't the only group happy to have Robinson on hand, either, she said.

"We've had a lot of people who have been auditing the clinic … and they've been saying, 'I wish my horse was ready,' or, 'I wish I had been here,'" said Mel Burns, one of the clinic organizers. "A lot of people are happy he's here."

Robinson was helping riders who want to up their competitive game at the arena, teaching them tricks and fielding their questions.

According to Burns, "the great part about Ted is he never makes you feel like you're not as knowledgeable as someone else."

"There's no question that is inappropriate," she added. "He fields everybody and treats them all exactly the same, whether they're a novice rider or very advanced. He's very personable.

"Most of these people are already very skilled and knowledgeable, but the man they've been learning from (today) is a working cow horse legend," Burns added.

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Organizations: Saskatchewan Reining Horse Association, Golden Nugget Centre

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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