Ex­panded Mag­nus New­land Arena chris­tened dur­ing High School rodeo week­end

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

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.

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