The equine community is coming together for two events in the Calgary area to raise money for breast cancer research this weekend as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Photo Courtesy: CTHS – Alberta Division

On Saturday night, the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society – Alberta Division, Cam Clark Ford and Smithbilt Hats are hosting an event at the new Smithbilt Hats building in Inglewood.

The evening, called Horses, Hats and Hope, will include virtual horse racing, food provided by The NASH restaurant, a silent auction and a chance to explore the new home of Smithbilt Hats.

All of the money raised will go to the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta based at the University of Alberta.

The second event is at the Century Downs Racetrack and Casino on Sunday.

General Manager of the CTHS – Alberta Division Jean Kruse says it will feature the first-ever C Cup Classic.

“The C Cup Classic is a five-horse field, we have one Quarter Horse and four Thoroughbreds who will be racing almost four furlongs,” said Kruse.  “They are experienced riders, not professional riders, and they are donating their time and have done fundraising with all of the funds they have raised to go to CRINA.”

Post time is scheduled for 12:50 p.m.

The competitors who are donating their time are:

  1. Asbigastexas – Mike Nault (QH)
  2. Manwiththeheart – Terry Roncin (TB)
  3. Teemon’s Lemon – Ryan Bott and Twylla Bensmiller (TB)
  4. Slewfoot – Kaylea Richardson (TB)
  5. Saint Sassy Sue – Kirsty Luft-Nault (TB)

Kruse says you can donate online to your rider of choice or come down and partake in the festivities at Century Downs.

“Show up at the races and cheer them on, we’ll have all sorts of ways for them to take part and to wear pink.”

The Canadian Cancer Society says over 25,000 Canadian women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year

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