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By Max Erikson

Barrel race benefit draws strong support


October 18, 2017

Max Erikson

FUN ON BEHALF OF NEW HOPE FARMS: Adults and kids alike enjoyed barrel-racing last week, all to benefit New Hope Farms.

A barrel-racing benefit for New Hope Farms on Oct. 14, at the indoor arena at the fairgrounds, brought in much needed money to help supplement the operating budget of New Hope Farms. The money will be used for different facility upgrades and maintenance and other areas of need.

Horse riders from the area showed off their skills for a good-sized crowd in support of New Hope Farms. Food and merchandise vendors were also on hand showing their support.

New Hope Farms is a program that provides assisted living to our Goldendale Residents living with physical and mental challenges.

Producer of the fundraiser, Chelsey Jones, says the turn out for the event was more than she expected, and the fundraiser is near to her heart because her sister-in-law is a resident at New Hope Farms.

"New Hope is on a set operating budget, so this can really help them in areas that need assistance," Jones says. "The funds are used at their discretion, but I know they really wanted to get a new snow removal system and a new heat pump for their facilities."

Donations come from local area sponsors, and arena fees and tractor fees were also covered.

Sponsors included K-C Pharmacy, Wilde Contracting, Broken Spur Rodeo, Red's Tire, Flyin C Performance Horses, 7 Yeguas, Loni and Brandy Myers, and Belle Star.

"I want to thank all the businesses and individuals who helped sponsor this event and gave to the silent auction," Jones says. "And to all the individuals and volunteers who helped with set-up, clean-up, and running the offices."

Another barrel race is set for Oct. 29, also at the Indoor Arena at the Fairgrounds, starting at noon.

"Every little bit helps in a big way," Jones says. "I'm glad that is was such a success."


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