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Breast Cancer Awareness Saddle Raffle to Benefit Oklahoma University Cancer Institute

Yoakum, TX (September 26, 2008)... The Jud Little Ranch, Ardmore, OK, and Shorty’s Hattery, Oklahoma City, OK, team up to sponsor a raffle for a custom designed barrel saddle, benefiting the Oklahoma University Cancer Institute. The saddle, by Circle Y Saddles, teams the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association with Little and Shorty’s to honor the Breast Cancer Awareness program.

The Jud Little Ranch, 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, 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.

Circle Y Saddles, Yoakum, TX, is recognized as America’s Leading Saddle Brand. They brought special design attention to the creation of the Breast Cancer Awareness saddle, enlisting one of their skilled craftswomen to incorporate the program’s pink ribbon into the hand tooling design around the 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. Circle Y has recently been named the Official Saddle of the WPRA Finals event.

The Oklahoma University Cancer Institute, located in Oklahoma City, provides treatment and care by combining state-of-the-art research with the most comprehensive and compassionate patient care. A new facility, set to open in 2010, will provide patients with a one-location, one-day, and one-stop experience. “Because we know many of the women we treat here at the OU Cancer Institute are horse lovers, the Breast Cancer Awareness saddle is a perfect way for donors to support the care we provide,” said Tracie Anderson; MS, Director, Clinical Operations OUCI.

For information about ticket purchase, contact Phyllis Wells with WPRA 405-850-0898.


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