Fundraising has gone to the dogs

Pine Bluffs Distilling holds corgi derby


September 10, 2020

Christopher Green/Pine Bluffs Post

Above: Contestants release their corgis as the race begins.

Pine Bluffs Distilling held its second annual corgi derby on Saturday, Sept. 5 as a fundraiser for the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.

"We care for about 6000 animals a year," said Sue Castaneda, Cheyenne Animal Shelter CEO. "This fundraiser will help fund a spay day in September. All animals that come from us are spayed or neutered, but his will help to keep costs low for people who bring in outside animals."

The races consisted of multiple corgi rounds and a final mutt round. Dog owners would occupy separate ends of the lane, one person to release the dog and one at the finish line for encouragement.

The strategy proved moot for some though.

"I'm ashamed," said Charles Parker, attendee. "It was his one chance at glory, and he tackled the other corgi halfway down the track."

Parker and Katie Cossette travelled from Denver for the races, bringing their corgis, Iggy Pop and Frankie.

"It's good fun and for a good cause," said Parker, who says their 1.5-year-old corgis have been destroying everything at home, so they thought the derby would be a good opportunity to get out some energy.

The races were followed by a best dressed contest for those attending in their best Kentucky Derby attire.

"It's a smaller crowd than last year," said Chad Brown, Pine Bluffs Distilling co-owner and founder, "but everyone looks like they're having a great time."

The Cheyenne Animal Shelter volunteers and staff for the derby included Tristan Mathewson, Cierra Friend, Andrew Prince, Trevor Mcltone, Ellie Swanson, Ava Sutton, Shelter Manager Marissa Cox, Marketing Director Ashley Christiansen, Donations Coordinator Karen Staples, and Volunteer and Foster Brianna Mathewson

The corgi derby was held alongside the much altered 146th Kentucky Derby with no spectators attending and protests going on nearby.

Karen Lipska/Pine Bluffs Post

Chad Brown of Wyoming Malting and Pine Bluffs Distillery dons his "Corgi Race" fashion for the day.


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