What does it take to support a good cause? It takes guts


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Photo by Diane Warner

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

A charity rodeo event is once again saddling up to the Beautiful Plains Agricultural Fairgrounds in Neepawa. The fifth annual It Takes Guts barrel races have been scheduled for Sunday, June 24. 

The event, which has been spearheaded by Lori and Erin Cathcart, is in support of Crohn's and Colitis Canada. Over the previous four years, the day has been able to raise just under $30,000. Erin, who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2012, said they devised of the charity barrel race as a way to both generate financial support for the cause and to create a greater public awareness about the diseases.

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are diseases that inflame the lining of a person’s gastrointestinal tract and disrupt their ability to digest food, absorb nutrients and eliminate waste in a healthy manner.

Lori Cathcart told the Banner & Press that this year’s race has already attracted some very strong support, as around 100 riders are expected to participate in this Manitoba Barrel Racing Association [MBRA] approved event.

“People have stepped forward which is very appreciated,” said Cathcart. “We’re very pleased with how the support for the event, both from riders and sponsors, have grown over the last five years.”

The format of the event will see each rider have one timed run. Depending on the times each rider gets, they’ll be split into four divisions, with the top racers from 2D, 3D and 4D receiving a championship belt buckle. Erin Cathcart noted that there will be a new addition to this year’s races, as a championship saddle will be presented to the overall winner. She thanked Neepawa Tire and G-6 Farms for sponsoring the saddle and said it’s the commitment of businesses like those that ensure It Takes Guts can continue to build momentum.

To go along with the barrel racing, It Takes Guts will also feature a draw table, 50/50 and concessions. The races will begin on Sunday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m. The event is free to the general public, who are invited to attend.