Lone Pine Ranch, owned and operated by Brian and Nancy Inman, will host a barrel racing benefit event, Oct. 17. This year, the proceeds won't be for arena improvements as years past. Dent County Animal Welfare Society will receive the proceeds.
Jana Helton, event coordinator said, "since we have been successful, thus far, we would like to give back to our community. What better way than to help the animals of the county since our events are based around animals?" The events at Lone Pine work towards trying to get young riders back into the joy of riding horses, said Helton.
This year’s benefit, begins at 9 a.m. and will run late into the evening, with family fun, food and racing entertainment. In addition to several vendors, there will also be a silent auction, raffles, cook shack, and animals from DCAWS whom will be ready for adoption. Event goers are encouraged to shop, eat and take home a new pet.
Sandy Purcell, of Dent County Animal Shelter shared four to five dogs will be available for onsite adoption.
The shelter is very excited about the partnership. "Money raised from this benefit will be used for animal veterinary care and food. We feel very privileged and are so appreciative that Lone Pine Ranch chose us and are proud to partner with them for this event. Their hard work will benefit the animals here in the county," said Purcell.
DCAWS is an independent humane society and a no-kill shelter whom does not receive tax funding.
For those wishing to enter racing categories, entries begin at 8 a.m., and are closed by the fifth horse to run in the class wishing to be entered. Payouts will be given to winners in several categories, including Pee Wee, Youth 3D, Open 4D, Adult Side Pot and Senior Side Pot, as well as belt buckles. There will also be a costume contest for riders who race in costume. Training barrels begin at 10 a.m. Races will not begin before 1 p.m.
Lone Pine, in its third year, hosts horse shows the second Friday of every month during the summer. Its last show for the season is being held this Friday, a Halloween fun show.
Donations are still being taken at this time for the benefit show.
If you would like to donate to the benefit, contact Jana Helton, 573-247-9462.