Posted: Jun 29, 2013 4:55 PM by Katy Harris - MTN News
Updated: Jul 2, 2013 1:34 PM
A fundraiser to end violence against women was held in honor of a Deer Lodge woman that was murdered by her husband.
Tina Schowengerdt was an avid horsewoman.
She loved to barrel race and had many friends in the horse community.
The Tina Schowengerdt Memorial Barrel Race began today in her honor, starting with a riderless horse grand entry.
30 percent of the entry fees and all other proceeds will be donated to Tina's House, a safe house for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Many of Tina's friends and family attended today's event.
"I think she would've loved to have a barrel race in Deer Lodge," said Codi Smith, fundraiser coordinator. "She always wanted to have a big barrel race here every year and there used to be some and then there wasn't anymore. I think she'd love it. She'd like that there's a bunch of her friends that are here and supporting her and her family is coming to watch and I think she'd like it a lot."
A community dinner with a live and silent auction will start at 6 at the Tri-County Fairgrounds Pavilion Building.
Then Rob Quist and the Great Northern Band will kick-off live music at 9.
More barrel racing starts tomorrow at 11 a.m. with awards at 2 p.m.