Rain does not deter Cutter Rally

By Geoff Lee

March 1, 2016 9:41 AM

Saturday afternoon's Cutter Rally parade included sleighs, enclosed cutters, horseback riders and dozens of participants at the Lloydminster Exhibition grounds. Inset: Della Wist, chair of the Cutter Rally, shakes hands with Wyatt Murphy, the rally's grand prize winner who took home $2,000.

The poster said snow or shine, the 13th annual Cutter Rally for Cancer would go ahead.
It did on Saturday, but in the rain, a first for the event that drew 40 to 45 sleighs to the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds for trail rides.
“Well, we’ve never had rain and it’s never been that warm before,” chairperson Della Wist said Sunday.
“The rain did have a little bit of an effect on us because there were people who came from the North Battleford area and they couldn’t bring some of their horses and stuff because the roads were quite icy.”
Wist noted they just came to take part, but they didn’t drive a team.
Despite the rain, Wist said they were quite a few more cutters and sleighs this year and more horseback riders than in past years.
Wist expects the rally will generate more than the $6,000 raised last year once the final numbers are in.
“I think it went very well,” she said.
“I think our numbers are up but I don’t know – I think we are at least equal to last year if not a little bit better,” she said.
Fifty per cent of the funds will go to Prairie North Health Region and 50 per cent to the Canadian Cancer Society.
The cost per ticket was $60 per person including supper and entertainment that attracted about 300 people.
That’s more than last year and included those who brought additional $15 tickets for guests.
The trail opened at 10 a.m. with a parade of cutters at 1 p.m.
Wist got to ride in a cutter owned by Randy and Pam Jones from Dorintosh that won one of last year’s random draw prizes for teamsters.
There were three ways to participate and win prizes starting with entering a cutter and a teamster.
You could also ride on horseback or pre-purchase a ghost poker hand with random draw prizes available in all three categories.
“We had lots of lovely, beautiful prizes for the event donated by various local businesses that we are so thankful for,” said Wist.
Teamster Orest Michalowski won a watch donated by Richardson’s Jewelry.
Lady teamster Anne Etherington won a metal art work piece and pearl earrings donated by Furniture Clinic.
Janet Wilson won a Harvest to Home gift basket as a sleigh riding passenger.
Kelly Studer, one of the horseback riders won a horse blanket donated by Warren Lafond.
The winner of a ghost poker poker hand draw prize was Doug Rankin who won a Keurig brewer donated by Relay Distributors.
The grand prize poker draw was claimed by Wyatt Murphy from Maidstone.
He selected $2,000 cash among four prize choices.
The prize options included a cutter by Buzek Farm Partnership, a $2,500 travel voucher from Carlson Wagonlit Travel or a harness package at $2,500 from Vern’s Harness Shop.

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