Friday, September 26, 2008

Breast Cancer Awareness Saddle-Our Privilege

It's always interesting here at Circle Y, but every now and then we get the chance to design a very special saddle for a great cause. This time we designed a Breast Cancer Awareness saddle for the benefit of the Oklahoma University Cancer Institute. It is a group effort. Jud Little Ranch, Shorty's Hattery and the Women's Pro Rodeo Association commissioned the saddle.

The Jud Little Ranch, Ardmore, OK, well known for quality competitive horses and barrel event production, will display the saddle at many events. Showing at Ohio Quarter Horse Congress, Columbus, OH in October, and WPRA Finals, Tulsa, OK in November, it will eventually make its way to the WPRA booth at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV late November. Raffle chances are being sold at these events, including the 6th Annual Bar Nothin Barrel Bash, September 24-28 in Ardmore and the Jud Little Ranch Production Sale September 27 in Springer, OK. “We are pleased to team up with Shorty’s for this fight against breast cancer,” said Little.

Shorty Koger, owner of Shorty’s Hattery in Oklahoma City, personally understands the necessity of breast cancer care and research. While her late sister, Shirley Bowman, fought a breast cancer diagnosis, Shorty herself received one. After her recovery and the loss of her sister, Shorty now works with OUCI providing funding to support free nutritional counseling for cancer patients through the Shirley Bowman Nutritional Clinic. The saddle raffle donations go 100% directly towards this program.

One of our best toolers, Carol Marshall, specially created the Breast Cancer Awareness saddle tooling, incorporating the program’s pink ribbon, and continuing the ribbon around the entire saddle. A pink ostrich leather ribbon inlay enhances the seat, and sparkling pink crystals trim the cantle, silver conchos and stirrup hobbles. The WPRA logo, as well as Jud Little and Shorty’s logos, are tooled into the saddle. For information about ticket purchase, contact Phyllis Wells with WPRA 405-850-0898.

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