The benefit, which was designed to help the family of Tiffany Wolven, a girl with multiple genetic disorders, was postponed because of heavy rain.
The event did eventually take place Jan. 19 at the Tyler Saddle Club Arena, a covered facility in Mount Selman.
Tiffany’s mother, Tammy Wolven, said via email that there were 96 total entries in the open division as well as many donated silent auction items.
“The arena was fast and so were the times. Horses and riders brought their A-game to the event,” she wrote.
Mrs. Wolven said the barrel race raised about $4,000 to help Tiffany with her medical care. She thanked those who donated.
Tiffany was born with a skin-covered cyst on the back of her head, which was repaired at 10 weeks old, and was diagnosed with several rare genetic diseases: Arn-old-Chiari type III, which affects her bone structure; Meckel-Gruber syndrome, which affects her lungs and kidneys; and Sandifer’s syndrome, which causes seizures. She also has a movement disorder.
She is listed as day-to-day, meaning she could die at any moment.
“You have to live in the everyday moment-to-moment, because one minute you can have her, (and) the next minute she can succumb to complications,” Mrs. Wolven told the Tyler Morning Telegraph in November.
She said that Tiffany still has good days and bad. She is scheduled to see a pain management specialist next month in Oklahoma.