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Charity horse show at Latta raises $20,000

The 18th annual Charlotte Charity Horse Show at Latta Plantation Equestrian Center in Huntersville was a success, organizer Betsy Boone says.

The event raised about $20,000 and showcased about 200 riders, ages 2 to 70, some who traveled as far away as West Virginia.

Boone, an event organizer and instructor at Boone's Farm and Stables in Concord, has been riding for about 40 years.

The money raised will go to Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church, which hopes to build a family life center on the grounds of the Charlotte church within the next five years or sooner, Boone said.

Cortni Henderson, 15, of Huntersville has been riding for about six years with Calibogue Stables, also in Huntersville. She finished second and third in the Five-Gated Show Pleasure division for all ages. Her horse, Bella "The Dancing Connection," is a 12-year-old American Saddlebred.

Kiersten Lockman, 16, of Kannapolis is in her sixth year with Lenux Stables in Huntersville. She placed second in the Academy division for ages 14-17. Her horse, Barbie, is a 16-year-old American Saddlebred.