By Joey McWilliams
BRYAN COUNTY – The Oklahoma Youth Rodeo Association is promoting a barrel racing benefit for Braiden Williams and his family.
The event is being hosted by Kaitlyn Prentice of Prentice Ag Air and Rebecca Hazelas of the Durant Stockyards.
Williams was recently in a vehicle accident with injuries that necessitated a flight to Plano Medical City. He is recovering now, and friends of Williams are putting this event together to assist the family with its medical bills and expenses.
The benefit barrel race will be on Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Durant Riding Club Arena.
Exhibitions will be from 11 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Youth will start at 2:15 and fees are $20 with a $5 office fee per person and Open fees are $30 with a $5 office fee per person. Pre-entries run through Friday, Dec. 8.
Prentice said she is thankful for the help in putting together something like this.
“It takes an army to put together a barrel race,” Prentice said. “Without the help of Scott Dill, Jeff Shelburn, the Durant Roundup Club, friends and family, this barrel race could not be done.
“We are extremely grateful on how well Braiden recovery is going but still know there is a long road ahead!”
Kalynn Lester, who is the points auditor and is over the OYRA Facebook and internet site, said the one-day event with involved barrel racing and more.
“They are going to have a silent auction and the concession stand will be available,” Lester said. “There is no cost at the gate – free admission.”
Lester said she wishes the best for Williams and spoke about his character.
“He is a very, very good kid,” Lester said. “He’s willing to help anyone, any kid. He’s a role model to my child. He helped my child at the TJ finals. He’s just a good kid.”
Call or text (580) 931-7763 to enter.