by Jennifer Maack-Condren

REPUBLIC, Mo. - The first Walking Angels Relay for Life Charity Horse Show was held at the Republic Saddle Club Arena on May 17. The proceeds of this show were to benefit the Walking Angels Relay for Life Team for the American Cancer Society, a cause near and dear to many. This event was spearheaded this year by Ruth Ann Wood-Humiston and her parents, Ruth and Bobby Dean Wood, and it was obvious hours of preparation had gone into this two-day, three-performance event.

 A stock horse show was held on Friday night, May 15, and then the rains came down and unfortunately both Saturday performances had to be postponed until Sunday afternoon. With some hard work by the volunteers, the arena was solid and although the entries were light, the committee that was behind the show was pleased with the turnout for a first year show.

Paula Johnson made the trip from Batesville, Miss., to judge the walking classes. Announcer Bob Delcour kept the show moving and Terry Manier volunteered his time as ringmaster.

Margaret Hickman and Magnesium won the Walking Horse Open class for Dr. Lynn and Linda Bridwell. PJ’s Pusher received the reserve tie in the class with Brad Huffman in the irons for Dean Scott. Jim Huffman Stables took home a total of six blues to Ozark, Mo. Jerry Manes Stables earned four blues for their performances to take home to Stoutland, Mo. Bobby Dean Wood and family earned a duo of blues, one with each grandson, and the family was a local favorite since Republic is their hometown.

 Although the turnout may have been lower this year due to the weather and re-scheduling, this show was held in a great location and will hopfully grow bigger each year due to the efforts of the volunteers and the Walking Angels Relay for Life Team.

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