Hopes high for cancer rally

By Geoff Lee

February 11, 2016 8:37 AM

From out of the west will come the 13th annual Poker Cutter Rally for Cancer.
“Enjoy a beautiful winter day and raise money for the fight against cancer!” exclaims a promotional poster.
This year’s trail ride fundraiser will take place Feb. 27 at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. snow or shine.
There are three ways to participate including driving your own cutter and team, riding horseback and pre-purchasing a ghost hand.
The ghost hand involves rolling sets of dice at five check stops with the highest score winning great prizes and door prizes.
Event chairperson Della Wist said they are hoping to raise close to the $6,400 raised last year, but the wild card is the economy.
“With the economy down. I am not sure how much we’ll raise,” said Wist.
The proceeds are shared equally between Prairie North Health Region and the Canadian Cancer Society.
“It would be nice to give them $3,000 each if we could,”  said Wist.
Over the years, the event has raised over $90,000. Those who pre-purchase a ghost hand for $60 will be entered in an early bird draw for a Keurig coffee brewer on Feb. 14.
The ghost hand can be purchased by people who just want to donate to the cause.
The grand prize is a choice of a cutter supplied by Buzek Farm Partnerships, a $2,500 travel voucher from Carlson Wagonlit Travel, a harness valued at $2,500 from Vern’s Harness Shop or $2,000 cash.
Tickets include a roast supper at 5 p.m.
About 35 sleighs are expected to show up for a special parade of cutters at 1 p.m. with all types horses involved.
“We have some miniatures teams coming in,” said Wist.
“Then we have regular size light horses and then there’s drafts so every size comes.”
The rally for cancer is a presentation of the Lloydminister Agriculture Exhibition Society, the East West Chapter Carriage Driving Association and the Midwest Miniature Horse and Pony Club.
“A lot of families come out and bring their horses and their sleighs and ride along,” said Wist, who owns a stable where she boards horses.
“I am a volunteer and I just have an interest in the horses,” she said.
“Also cancer affects everyone in one way or another so I just kind of work toward that.”

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