Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

April 6, 2013

Young riders saddle up for Ride for Life Rodeo

HAHIRA — A group of young cowpokes will get a chance to forget about an under-reported war with a cell destroying disease as they suit up today for a series of rodeo games during the second annual Ride for Life Rodeo at KB Horse Camp this afternoon.

Most anyone can explain to you the significance behind pink ribbons, but the gold ones are just as important, if not more, than the symbol for breast cancer awareness, according to horse camp owner Kim McGhee. Gold ribbons seek to bring awareness to childhood cancer, much like today’s charity rodeo at the camp. “This rodeo is for all of the kids fighting cancer here in Lowndes and the surrounding areas,” said McGhee. “They’ll be the rodeo contestants for today, and their brothers and sisters will ride on behalf of the children who have passed.”

There’ll be barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying for the participants and even roping events for  advanced riders, McGhee said. The organization will hold an auction after the rodeo to help raise a bit of money for the families, according to McGhee who said the items up for auction range from cowboy hats and gift certificates to horse brushes and boots.

The idea for the benefit emerged a few years back, when McGhee met Savannah Dallas, now seven, McGhee said. Dallas’ passion for horses and life resonated with McGhee, while the little girl’s battle with cancer tugged at the heart of the camp owner and mother of a young son.

The goal, at first, was just to have Savannah out at the horse camp to divert her worries from her treatments, according to McGhee. From there, the camp started helping Savannah’s family spread awareness about childhood cancer, McGhee said. “We really want to be a light in the world and function as Jesus’ hands and feet,” said McGhee. “The main thing is make sure people understand that the gold ribbons symbolize childhood cancer awareness. There are a lot more kids in our area that have cancer that not many people know about. And there are a number of our kids we’ve had to watch be buried.”

To learn more about KB Horse Camps and its programs and how you can help, visit the organization’s website at You may also contact the camp by phone at 229-794-5275 or  229-539-2933.

Text Only
Local News
  • 140415-water003.jpg Sewage problems persist

    Early Tuesday morning, Valdosta became saturated when the area received approximately three inches of rain from 4 a.m. to noon. As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 11 manholes throughout the City of Valdosta have spilled 286,500 gallons of wastewater into local waterways, and this number will continue to rise.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • vsuopera1dido.jpg Operatic Conclusion

    When the curtain lowers this weekend on Valdosta State University Opera’s performance of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” it will not only mark the end of the music group’s season.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘If I Were Mayor’ contest essays

    If I were mayor, I would do all that I possibly can to make the city of Valdosta marvelous, but I cannot do it on my own. Some things in Valdosta I feel it is necessary to focus on would be our literacy rate, unemployment rate, crime history, and our environment.

    April 16, 2014

  • APTOPIX Boston Marath_Stew.jpg Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

    Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-valdostaboe001 copy.jpg Valdosta Board of Education reviews finances

    Valdosta City Schools Board of Education celebrated many successes Monday night, discussed budget information and heard an announcement of intent from a hopeful charter school.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • dancing with the stars copy.jpg Dancing with Valdosta Stars raises scholarship money

    Valdosta State University Music and Theatre & Dance’s Third Annual Dancing with the Stars of Valdosta presented a fine dance show this past weekend.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • N0041120.jpg Passover: A nation reborn

    “And you shall tell your children that on that day the Lord has took you out from the house of bondage.” — The Passover Hagadah

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-DFCS001.jpg Luncheon recognizes DFACS employees

    Dozens of Lowndes County Division of Family and Children Services employees gathered Monday at Olympic Park for a barbecue lunch in recognition of their hard work.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-Sewage002.jpg Fla. calls for Valdosta boycott

    Florida residents are calling for a boycott of Valdosta regarding the sewage spills, with areas affected downstream increasingly distressed over the millions of gallons that have polluted the waters of the Withlacoochee and the Suwannee River Basin during the last several years.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • police-lights-backgrounds-for-powerpoint.jpg ‘Dangerous’ fugitive caught

    A fugitive from Ohio wanted for attempted murder and a number of assault and robbery charges was captured by Valdosta police Saturday.

    April 14, 2014 2 Photos

Top News

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results