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This year’s Bark for Life Relay for Life fundraiser will not only be an event for the dogs but horses as well.

Registration for the event to be held April 22 at the 4-H Horse and Livestock Complex at Dog Pound Road off Highway 903 in Halifax is open and pertinent information is included in a downloadable document at this link

“We did Bark for Life last year,” said Frankie King, a member of the Bees Buzzing for a Cure Relay team. “It did OK for the first time out. We were pleased with how well it turned out.”

A conversation with Halifax County Cooperative Extension Director Beth Burchell led to the idea of including horses, King said.

With work from the Halifax Horse Council and its membership the organizers decided to add a nay to the bark. In talking with the regional representative for the American Cancer Society it appears the Bees Buzzing team has set a precedent with the horse component, King said.

Those registering their dogs or horses are also encouraged to raise funds for the event.

The dog competition includes the following categories: Owner look-alike; best tail-wagger; best kisser; best trick; best costume; and most talkative.

The horse competition includes the following: Obstacle course; carrot race; bobbing for apples; a baby bottle race; and a six-mile scavenger hunt trail ride.

“It’s going to be a jam-packed fun day,” King said.

Dogs must be leashed and have up-to-date vaccines and horses must have a negative Coggins test.

Throughout the event, in which registration begins at 8:45 a.m., there will btede food trucks and organizers are inviting vendors and crafters to spend the day.

Sponsorships have been swift, King said, with State Farm Agent Chris Canady signing on and bringing a matching donation from the State Farm corporate office. Other sponsors include Don Juan restaurant, United Women of Faith from Halifax First United Methodist and Creekside Animal Hospital as well as an in-kind donation from PetSense.

There will be a silent auction with some animal-related items included.

For registration forms or more information call 252-536-6561, 252-536-6518, or 252-536-6410.