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‘Nationals Or Bust’ Gymkhana Benefits O’Neals-Minarets FFA

COARSEGOLD — Minarets grad Kaitlynn “Katie” Linderholm — Class of 2019 — will continue her altruistic efforts on behalf of the local FFA with another Gymkhana at the Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds. Following a successful debut last fall as part of her Senior Legacy Experience, the Fresno State-bound resident of Coarsegold will hold the latest on July 27 — dubbed the Nationals or Bust Gymkhana.

All proceeds of the gymkhana, raffle and food booth will benefit the O’Neals-Minarets FFA Chapter as members of the Parliamentary Procedure team represent the state of California at the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure contest in Indiana. Katie’s last Gymkhana, the Blue and Gold, raised $5,000 for the FFA.

A gymkhana is a horse competition consisting of a series of speed events, and the individual with the fastest times wins. Participation age ranges from 3 years on up to the 40+ division. This event is family-friendly and even if you do not own a horse, you can come watch and support the O’Neal’s Minarets FFA Chapter.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, and the Gymkhana is set to start at 9 a.m. The cost to participate is $25 for the day or $10 for a single event with choices including Single Stake, Washington, Poles and Barrels.

Kaitie spend four years in FFA at Minarets, raising market swine as well as horses, and participating in contests including parliamentary procedure, banking, job interview and livestock judging.

As planned, Katie will attend Fresno State University in the fall with the intention of pursuing her bachelor’s in agriculture education. She is a recipient of the Smittcamp Family Honors College Scholarship and is now enrolled in the Honors College.

If you would like to help raise money for the team, Katie is looking for sponsors and raffle items for the event.

Visit Nationals or Bust Gymkhana on Facebook.

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