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Race for the Range rakes in $6,000 for cause 

Home on the Range hosted their inaugural barrel racing fundraiser in Dickinson to great success.

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1D Winner Lori Plucker won $4,363 for her 13.276 second ride at Race for the Range.
Contributed / The Cowboy Paparazzi, Carla Leland
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DICKINSON — Cowgirls saddled up their steeds Sunday May 15th, at the first-ever Home on the Range “Race for the Range” fundraiser at Dickinson State University Indoor Arena.

Proceeds from the race were donated to Home on the Range, a therapeutic working ranch and residential program located in western North Dakota. The facility offers education, spiritual guidance and therapy as well as recreational and work activities for youth who have experienced trauma and abuse.

The race yielded 106 entries and generated approximately $6,000 for Home on the Range that will be used to help maintain the 20 Home on the Range horses and enhance the activities offered in the equine program including horsemanship classes, horse maintenance classes, relationship building activities, trail riding, team driving and more.

Riders traveled from near and far to support what they say is a great cause and took their shot at winning the prize money.

Dickinson local Lori Plucker placed first in the 1D category with a time of 13.276 seconds, raking in $4,363 on her horse “Smart N’ Shiny Jules.”

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“Everything fell together for us really well,” Plucker said. “The last couple years, she has gotten better and better. She will do anything I ask of her and she tries her heart out for me.”

Laura McPherson of Wolf Point, Montana placed first in the 2D category on “Nothin’ but Zoom Zoom” at 13.808 seconds, collecting $740.

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Montana resident Laura McPherson took the prize money in 2D on her horse “Nothin’ but Zoom Zoom.”
Contributed / The Cowboy Paparazzi, Carla Leland

“The people who put on this event were wonderful and it was a fun day,” McPherson said. “My horse is pretty green. I only started running her last fall, so I’m working on getting her solid for rodeos in the summer.”

Following McPherson was Bailey Erickson, who took first in 3D with a time of 14.303 seconds on “Heza Streakin’ Corona,” collecting $493.

Lastly, barrel racing trainer Hope Raley took the $370 pot in 4D, riding her client’s 5-year-old mare, “The French Bombshell,” with a time of 14.781 seconds.

“This horse has only done about eight runs in her lifetime,” Raley said. “She hesitated on the first barrel and she’s been a little challenging to figure out. I was pleased with her run and for her winning the 4D among a lot of high caliber, seasoned horses.”

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Bailey Erickson placed first in 3D collecting $493.
Contributed / The Cowboy Paparazzi, Carla Leland

Home on the Range Equine Specialist Courtney Namyniuk says she hopes to host another benefit rodeo next year with barrel racing and roping jackpot competitions.

“Race for the Range went more amazing than I could have thought, especially for it being the first time,” Namyniuk said. “People enjoyed it. From beginning to end, the kindness of every human who helped and raced shined through.”

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Namyniuk said she is thankful to all the volunteers, secretaries, announcers and riders who helped make it a great turnout. For more about Home on the Range call (701)-872-3745.

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