COARSEGOLD – Minarets students Rhett Samper and Tati Guerra made their senior project about helping their school and their community.
On Sunday, the two produced a gymkhana at Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds to raise funds for the Minarets Equestrian Team and gather donations for Manna House of Oakhurst.
The event drew an unexpected 62 horse and rider teams, raised $2,000 for the equestrian team and provided a stock tank full of food and clothing for Manna House.
Rhett Samper enjoyed watching the community come together for a day of fun and charity. “We are grateful to the community for their support – this is going to help the Equestrian Team with equipment and costs,” he said. “The donations to the Manna House are perfect timing too with Thanksgiving so close. We got quite a few coats in time for this cold weather.”
The day consisted of three events: Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and a Single Stake Race.
Each event is judged solely by the time it takes horse and rider to complete the course. In traditional Barrel Racing, the event is so competitive, the times are measured to the thousandth of a second. The difference between first and second can often – quite literally – be less than a hair.
The age category winners were: