Horses and their riders congregated Saturday at the Flying M Stables south of Tumwater to show off their skills and raise money for the fight against cancer.
More than 30 riders and their equine friends competed in the Benefit Gaming Show, an event hosted by Relay for Life team Kids and Kritters Daycare Krushing Kancer, event organizer Cherie Crabill said. This is the first year the team has hosted the event.
“I’m a horse person, and I was just trying to think outside of the box,” Crabill said. “I don’t know of any other teams in our community that are doing gaming shows.”
The show featured four events: barrel racing, pole bending, figure eights and California stake. Riders of all ages were invited to participate in the event, which started at 9 a.m. and ran until 6 p.m. The team also put together a silent auction and sold crafts.
Tristin Ogg, 13, and Payton Conrad, 15, were among the competitors. Both girls said their favorite event is barrel racing, as it’s the most competitive event.
“It’s really an adrenaline sport,” Conrad said. “There are a lot of girls who do it.”
Ogg said pole bending can be a littler more challenging, as riders really need to be in sync with their horses. She recently got a new horse, Bess, and the two are still bonding.
“I think we’re pretty in sync today,” Ogg said.
This year, Kids and Kritters Daycare Krushing Kancer hopes to raise at least $7,500 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Crabill said. Last year, they collected more than $10,000.
“We were just so psyched to raise that much money last year,” Crabill said.
Crabill said her husband is a cancer survivor, and she lost a sister-in-law to the illness two years ago.
“It’s expensive to fight cancer; it’s expensive to do the research,” Crabill said. “So we’re trying to help with that.”