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July 12, 2018 Hesston RecordJuly 12, 2018 Hesston Record

Kicking Up Dust

Posted 5/11/2017

Record Staff

Hold your horses and heartstrings as Heartstrings Animal Advocates host its first Barrel Race benefit on Sunday, May 21 at the Newton Saddle Club Arena.  Exhibitions begin at noon and barrel races begin at 2 p.m.

The event also includes a silent auction, raffle, concession stand and Heartstrings will have adoptable animals at the event looking for new forever homes.

“This is much more than just our barrel racers,” said Dana Stahl, coordinator of the event.

All of the funds raised at the barrel race will be used to offset medical costs for Heartstrings animals. 

“We are going to have some really great things - gift cards to local eateries like the Lincoln Perk, 701 Cafe, Genova, a wine tasting at Grace Hill,” she said.  Bidding on silent auction and raffle items is open to all attendees. 

Stahl said anyone with a horse is welcome to participate in either the races or the exhibition.  She will be taking her appaloosa, Twister, around the arena for a barrel run.

“I’ve been a barrel racer for 15-plus years. Basically, the two things I’m most passionate about are combined for a great cause,” she said.

Stahl said she would like to see 50-100 racers come to support the event.

“Barrel racers will compete for 80 percent payback on entry fees, plus $250 added prize money.  First place in each division will receive a custom-made bronc halter that is embroidered and handmade,” she said.

Stahl said as with any outdoor event, unpredictable weather can be a show-stopper.

“We were supposed t have this event April 22, but due to the rainfall the arena was flooded and we had to reschedule,” she said.  

Stahl was determined to host a benefit for Heartstrings.

“I see the need.  The dogs we rescue are so sweet, lovable and thankful. Just seeing them safe, fed and happy makes me happy.  I can’t sit back and see all the need and not do something to help,” she said.

With Heartstrings animals at the event, as well as pet foster parents and volunteers, Stahl said it was a great opportunity for educational outreach.

“I think when people are educated and know what is happening, they will do the right thing and want to help, whether that’s choosing to adopt, foster or even spaying and neutering their pets,” she said.

Stahl said Heartstrings typically has between 20 and 30 animals up for adoption at any time.

Stahl said more information about the rescue can be found on facebook or by contacting the rescue at to schedule a visit with a potential pet or for information on becoming a fosterhome for animals.