Horse riders from various areas came to the MAC this weekend to support those affected by cancer by taking part in the sixth annual Turn 3 for a Cure.
Turn 3 for a Cure was started by Amanda Burris after she lost her mother to stage four lung cancer in 2012. In the past she has donated some of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society, but this year a portion of the proceeds will go to St. Jude’s.
This year’s event took place from Feb. 23 to the 25th. The main event was a barrel race, which had junior, youth, and adult categories. There was a $1000 added pot for the winner of Friday’s warm-up race and $6000 for the open races on Saturday and Sunday. There were also exhibitions.
Turn 3 for a Cure T-shirts were on sale, and on Saturday Catfish Inn sold catfish plates, as well as shrimp and crawfish. There was also a silent auction on Saturday.
The event was sponsored by a number of businesses and had a hardworking staff behind it.
“I couldn’t do it without staff, friends, family, and sponsors,” Burris said. “It takes a team.
Burris is especially thankful to the platinum sponsors: the Burris family, the Miss-Lou Veterinary Hospital, Topps Trailer Sales and Western World, Armstrong Cricket Farm, Carney Trucking LLC, and Stanley Bros Farms LLC.
Burris said she has fun putting on the event each year and is happy to be able to raise money to help fight cancer.
“I love doing it and hope to continue,” she said.