October 25, 2020

Trot for Tots and Team Challenge Barrel Race

(Franklin) — On December 4, 2016 The Cowboy Shop Productions, owned by Shari Wilkins of Roopville, produced its first annual Trot for Tots and Team Challenge barrel race.

The idea behind this event was to raise money for the Heard County Sheriffs Department’s Secret Santa program.

” We wanted a chance to make a difference in our community while being able to enjoy doing what we love,” Wilkins said while enjoying the event. ” We hope it’s such a success that we are able to do this every year!”

The event started off with the Trot For Tots 4-D open barrel race with divisions for youth and adult riders. It also served as a double qualifier for the World Barrel Racing League, which qualified members to run at a chance of over 100,000 in added prize money in Perry Georgia in February.

ReasonThe next event was the Team Challenge Barrel race in which 19 teams competed for top honors. Each team had five members who ran for an average time for their team.

The winner of the Team Challenge was Team ‘Ridin 4 A Reason’, which consisted of Katie Webb, Shari Wilkins, George Gillespe, Claudia Shelton, and Tanya Shelnutt.

There were 140 horses in the open trot for tots many people traveling from four hours away to join us. Over all the event paid out well over $2500.00 in money and prizes.

The events main focus was to raise money and bring in donations for the Heard County Sheriff’s Department.

The Cowboy Shop Productions worked along side Sheriff Ross Henry, Penny McClain and other volunteers from the HCSO to host a silent cake auction that brought in well over $500 dollars, and donations of canned good and toys poured in to help ensure that the people in need in our community are able to have a wonderful holiday season.

“I’d like to Thank Tanya Shelnutt and Shari Wilkins of The Cowboy Shop for taking time to organize the Trots for Tots event. I also want to thank the many participants, riders and spectators who attended this years show,” said Sheriff Ross Henry. “I am happy to report that numerous toys were collected along with cash donations. This will be very helpful to us this year as we shop for the many needy children in Heard County.”

“Every child should have the joy of waking up Christmas morning to see what Santa Claus has left for them,” added the Sheriff. “The children’s excitement is made possible every year by the many kind and caring people who make cash and toy donations at various drop off locations. Again, thank you to everyone who makes this possible every year. I wish you all a very safe and Happy Holidays.”

“The Cowboy Shop Trot For Tots and Team Challenge was declared a success by all that attended despite cool temps and rainy conditions, and producers Shari Wilkins, Rebecca Wright and myself want to thank each and every person who braved the weather to help us help our community including all our sponsors as well – we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts,” said Tanya Shelnutt. “Our second annual event is already planned for December 9, 2017. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

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