Racing for Miracles

Volunteers with the nonprofit Racing for Miracles are gearing up for a barrel race to benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. The event will be held at the Southern Tennessee Pavilion in Winchester on Saturday. Pictured, from left, are marketing coordinator Nicky Berlin, and co-founders Faith Few and Kaitlyn Smith.

Volunteers with Racing for Miracles are gearing up for a barrel race event to benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.

The event is set for Saturday, June 29, and will be held at the Southern Tennessee Pavilion in Winchester.

“Participants can expect to have a fun-filled day of an activity that we all share a love for while getting to utilize our hobbies to give back to those in need,” said organization founder Faith Few.

Few invited equestrians to participate in the friendly competition.

“It’s an open barrel race, so anyone with a horse can enter,” Few said. “All they have to do is show up to register the day of the show. Registration is open until the first horse runs.”

Barrel racing is an event in which a rider and a horse attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around barrels as fast as they can.

“I would encourage everyone to participate because every single proceed that comes from this show goes to the cardiac unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt,” Few said. “Participating in this event means that the community is becoming a part of something bigger than themselves.”

All funds raised at the event will benefit children battling serious health issues.

“I chose the children’s hospital because I was able to see firsthand the miracles that children receive at the hospital,” she said. “I was invited to tour the cardiac unit in 2015, and I knew immediately that was the place I wanted to help the most. The amount of hope and love and positive energy from the children, parents and staff is inspiring.”

This is the third annual barrel race of Racing for Miracles.

Few organizes all races with the help of many area volunteers who are eager to lend a hand.

“Everyone who comes to help on the day of the race is a volunteer,” she said. “This show takes many, many hours of sweat and hard work to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch.

“The barrel racing community is nothing short of incredible, and it takes a village of volunteers to make it happen. However, we all have the same mission, and that’s to ensure that we do our best to give back to those in need by doing what we love.”

The nonprofit was established in 2015 “with the idea of turning our love for horses into a way of giving back to our community,” said Few.

Elena Cawley may be reached via email at ecawley@tullahomanews.com.