Expanded Magnus Newland Arena christened during High School rodeo weekend
The newly expanded Magnus Newland Arena at the Swift Current Kinetic Exhibition Park was christened with its first event this past weekend.
The rodeo arena was expanded 12 metres wider and 21 metres longer in order to accommodate a full range of rodeo events, with the Saskatchewan High School Rodeo Association's Victoria Day weekend rodeo the first event hosted in the expanded arena.
In addition to the larger arena space, buck chutes and larger animal pen areas were added to meet the requirements for hosting regional, national and international events. The arena space can accommodate rodeos, barrel racing and roping events, in addition to other equine competitions.
The arena remains known as the Magnus Newland Arena to celebrate and commemorate the wellknown farmer and rancher who lived most of his life south of Webb. Newland spent many hour studying the native prairie ecosystem, both on foot and on horseback. He boasted many achievements as a farmer, livestock producer and professional engineer. He was a cherished member of the Topline Trail Riders before his passing in 1999.
Over the years the Topline Trail Riders had donated cash and many volunteer hours to the Ag and Ex, helping improve the Southwest arena south of the barns. They requested the arena be named in Newland's honour, and the request was granted as a legacy to a representative of the area's western heritage.
The Swift Current Ag and Ex highlights that the newly expanded Magnus Newland arena is a reminder of not only this man of integrity, good character, and hospitality - but also a symbol of his many good friends, supporters and admirers who envisioned building an arena for future generations.
The next major event in the arena will be Frontier Days 2015 which runs from June 25 to 28.