Classic horse show to benefit cancer patients

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WALLA WALLA — Saddle up for the horse show and bring your pink ribbon.

This Saturday and Sunday is the third annual Pink Ribbon Classic Benefit Horse Show.

Hosted by The American Wranglers Jr. Horsemen and the Walla Walla Valley Horsemen, the event “brings attention to the importance of early detection and diagnosis of all types of cancer and the plight of cancer patients,” according to a media release.

The show raises money for patients at Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center Patient Assistance Program.

This year the group is dedicating two championship classics — Western Pleasure and English Pleasure — to equine lover and 4-H instructor Jan Arbini. Arbini died of cancer in 1999.

“She was always giving back more to the kids than what the kids expected. Her main emphasis was sportsmanship in addition to riding correctly and being good at it,” said JoAnn Thomson, American Wranglers Jr. Horsemen adviser.

With more than 81 riding and show classes, last year each class averaged 10 to 15 entries with a total of around 75 horses in the show, Thomson said.

Besides its cancer awareness and fundraising components, the show also is about educating youth to give back.

“Our main goal is to have fun and to teach kids that giving back to the community is important,” said Thomson.

The Pink Ribbon Benefit Horse Show raises its money by offering companies and individuals the opportunity to sponsor different aspects of the show.

Depending on price sponsors can get banners, announcements, an ad in a show program and names announced as awards are presented.

The benefit also includes a silent auction, with items ranging from embroidered sweatshirts, horse grooming products to large decorative pots and panels.

For a show schedule and more details, email lthomson@charter.net or Erica Lackey at delackey1938@charter.net.

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