Rodeo action to aid Sitrin program

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NEW HARTFORD — Spectators can saddle up for Oriskany Creek Farm’s 4th Annual Barrel Race on Sunday, Aug. 1, at noon.

The rodeo-style event, known for quick turns and high speeds, will feature riders and horses competing for the fastest time as they run a cloverleaf pattern around three preset barrels set up in a triangular pattern. Each rider must turn each barrel in a cloverleaf pattern as fast as they can before heading across the timer line.

The event will raise funds to support Sitrin’s Military Rehabilitation Program. The event is free to the public and open to people of any age. You don’t have to be a western enthusiast to watch this edge-of-your-seat competition, while also enjoying a delicious chicken barbecue, raffles, and more, say organizers.

“We are deeply grateful to Becky Czarnocki, owner of Oriskany Creek Farm, for continuing to support veterans being treated at Sitrin,” Rosemary Bonacci, vice president, Sitrin Foundation & Communications, said. “This unique fundraiser creates exciting opportunities for people to showcase their amazing horsemanship skills, fun opportunities for people and families to come together, while also ensuring that Sitrin can continue to provide local veterans with the best care possible.”

All proceeds from this event will benefit Sitrin’s Military Rehabilitation Program, which provides comprehensive and complimentary care to veterans affected by post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and other combat-related conditions.

Sitrin’s program is a blend of both conventional and non-traditional therapy techniques, tailored to each veteran’s specific needs. Sitrin is a not-for-profit corporations.

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