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Published September 17, 2011, 07:03 PM

A chance for people who love horses to "Saddle Up and Show They Care"

Grand Forks, ND (WDAZ TV) --The 1st ever Horse Show is raising money to help children battling deadly diseases.

By: Lezlie Johnson, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAZ TV) --The 1st ever Horse Show is raising money to help children battling deadly diseases. 17-year-old Lilly Mankie has been saddling up and riding horses since she was two.

Lilly: They called me loping Lil' because I always went fast when I was little.

Mankie's ride with her horse Doc is extra special this time....trotting, galloping and racing for a good cause.

Lilly: It just makes it more special, you want to do better to see what you get.

She's one of nearly 30 riders taking part in "Saddle Up And Show you Care" a horse show raising money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Heather (Event Coordinator): I really enjoy putting on horse shows, especially a show like this to help young children and help their parents you know.

Riders show off their skills racing around barrels or riding with an egg in a spoon to see how long they can keep it in place.

Jaimie (Volunteer): St. Jude's is an awesome charity and if we had to do a fundraiser for someone, lots of kids need help.

Horse lovers like Mankie are happy to be making a contribution by doing what they do best...saddling up and riding.

Lilly: It's just peaceful you know, you get to be on something that's really hard to control, like has a mind of it's own so it's exciting at times.

It raised nearly 24 hundred dollars.

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