Karen Hargis Benefit Auction begins October 15

The sun rises over the piney forests of East Texas and work begins as usual on the Rusty Star Ranch in Sulphur Springs. Horses are fed and as she takes out the first colt to ride, things almost feel normal. Groomed, tacked and ready the colt wuffles his pleasure in anticipation of ...The sun rises over the piney forests of East Texas and work begins as usual on the Rusty Star Ranch in Sulphur Springs. Horses are fed and as she takes out the first colt to ride, things almost feel normal. Groomed, tacked and ready the colt wuffles his pleasure in anticipation of ...

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The sun rises over the piney forests of East Texas and work begins as usual on the Rusty Star Ranch in Sulphur Springs. Horses are fed and as she takes out the first colt to ride, things almost feel normal. Groomed, tacked and ready the colt wuffles his pleasure in anticipation of getting to work, maybe even playing with some cows!. She watches for a few moments as her husband begins the first session with a young stallion enjoying the interaction between colt and man. Turning her focus to the colt that she has such high hopes for, she steps up and smiles as he responds to the slight touch of leg and rein. Her focus blurs and she wonders if she will be around to see her dreams realized. Lifting her head she watches her daughter run to her car and wave as she leaves for school, and she wonders if she will see her marry, or a have her grandchild some day. Shaking her head she tries to focus on the colt beneath her, but her fear won’t let her.

Karen Hargis is 36, she goes in annually for a pap smear, yet despite her diligence she has just been diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer. The treatment ahead of her will drain her physically, emotionally and financially. There is no way around the fact that it will cost a lot of money. Karen and Van Hargis like many trainers have no insurance. In order to help Karen and Van pay for her treatment, fellow horseman and friends have united to sponsor a benefit auction to be hosted at Horsecity.com beginning October 15th and ending October 19th. There will be a wide range of items offered including stallion services, including:

A breeding to the AQHA World Champion Junior Cutting Horse Allmytroublesareover, he has combined earnings of close to $50,000. The donation is being made by the Smile family of Dover Oklahoma.

A breeding to the Superior Pleasure Horse, Red Hot Impulse is being donated by his owner Merry Hardy. RHI is a Reserve Congress Champion and has over $35,000 in earnings. He has over 235 lifetime pts.

A breeding to Midnight Starwinds is being donated by his owner Cyndi Smith, Midnight Starwinds is sired by the AAA horse Fly Andy.

A breeding to Dual Smoking multiple pt earner in Working Cow Horse, Reining and Cutting. NRCHA $ earner. Donated by Runaway Creek Quarter Horses.

A breeding to Going Out In Style a superior Heeling and superior Heading horse with AQHA pts in Calf Roping and Halter as well. Donated by Sandy Arledge.

A breeding to Ima Smokin Zipper, AQHA Reserve World Champion Western Riding, Superior Pleasure, Superior Trail. Donated by Sandy Arledge.

A breeding to Missin Lena, 189 performance points, Superior Heading Horse, Superior Heeling Horse, ROM Reining, Rom Calf Roping, pts in Working Cowhorse. Donated by Hal Schiffer.

A breeding to Encountered, AQHA World Champion Halter Horse. Donated by April Sleigh.

A breeding to Wimps King Buck, NCHA COA, (Earned at age 20) NFQHA Versatility Reserve Champion, 100% foundation, grandson of King P234.

Lori Walton Photography is donating a photography shoot.

MVP Products is donating grooming products from their line of horse care products.

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1 Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Print of "Gotta Lotta Stop!" Reining Horse Print, Limited Editon Watercolor by Equine Artist, Gina Garren www.hunterberry.com (One Time Reproduction of 36 prints) From the 1997 Original, "Gotta Lotta Stop!" Measures approx. 12" wide x 10" tall. (Print # 10/36).

Items are still being accepted for donation to the auction. A Paypal account is available for cash donations. The address is karenfund@vanhargis.com. Please watch Horsecity.com and Vanhargis.com for details. Van Hargis will be launching a tour to benefit his wife, supported by his sponsors, Purina, Oster, Exiss, Quest, Ft. Dodge, Hiqual. There will be raffles at each of these clinics with prizes ranging from saddles to some quality horses. Look for his schedule at vanhargis.com.
Karen Hargis, 38, has been diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer. She has been a horse lover for as long as she can remember and has had the opportunity to show combined training and has found her real love in the American Quarter Horse. She is currently training a two year old buckskin colt that she plans showing and winning in Reining and AQHA Versatilty. Karen is married to Van Hargis a natural horsemanship trainer and they live in Sulpher Springs TX on the Rusty Star Ranch. Van and Karen tour frequently across the country giving clinics and Van is sponsored by Oster, Purina, Hyqual Panels, Exiss, Ft. Dodge and Quest. Karen and Van have three daughters between them. Karen is a respected trainer and clinician in her own right and a wonderful person. You can find out more about them at vanhargis.com.