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J.B. McLamb Fundraising efforts to aid medical treatments and recoveries of National Cutting Horse Association Riders Hall of Fame member J.B. McLamb and Cyndy Dvorak, the wife of cutting trainer Tommy Dvorak, will continue at the Sept. 23-Oct. 5 Brazos Bash limited-age cutting in Weatherford, Texas. The J.B. Bash, a benefit auction presented by Friends of J.B. McLamb - Ben Emison, Danny Miller and Jim Ware - with all proceeds benefiting McLamb, will take place at the Brazos Bash on Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 7 p.m. at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Texas. The event will feature a live auction, with donated items including 2012 stallion fees to Bet Hesa Cat, Dual R Smokin, Dual Rey, Halreycious, High Brow CD, Metallic Cat, One Time Pepto, Rockin W, Stylish Rey and Third Cutting. {loadposition adspot1} Other "J.B. Bash" live auction items include a one-week Montana mountain condominium retreat, a Joey Jemison 16-inch saddle, Handley Reed Custom Chaps, a Clapper #55 bit, and a Hard 8 rib eye home dinner for 25 people. In the past, Horsemen For Christ has conducted silent auctions at the Brazos Bash to help fund its overall operations. This year, it has decided to donate half of the proceeds to Cyndy Dvorak, the wife of Weatherford, Texas, cutting trainer Tommy Dvorak. Cyndy, a registered nurse with two young daughters, Madison, 11, and Alyssa, 10, was recently diagnosed with cancer. The Horsemen For Christ silent auction, also benefiting Dvorak, starts the first day of the Brazos Bash, Sept. 23, and ends Oct. 5, the final day of the show. Julie Dvorak Hansma, an NCHA Non-Pro Riders Hall of Fame member and the wife of NCHA Open Riders Hall of Fame member Paul Hansma, is Cyndy Dvorak's sister-in-law. Aug. 2, 1997, the former Cyndy Hunter married Julie's brother, Tommy Dvorak. Her sister-in-law is a great wife and mother and a courageous woman, Hansma said. "She also dealt with breast cancer [four years ago]," Hansma said. "After she was treated, she went back to school and became a registered nurse. She's been working in the emergency room at the Mineral Wells [Texas, near Weatherford] hospital more than a year. She comes to

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watch the kids and Tommy show when she's not working."

Cyndy Dvorak Like Hansma and her brother, Tommy Dvorak, Cyndy Dvorak grew up in California riding horses, but competed with hunter/jumpers instead of western-style mounts. Cyndy Dvorak has competed sparingly as a cutter in recent years, partly due to raising two young daughters and partly due to her prior health issues. "She loves horses and animals and that's important," Hansma said, adding she was pleased when her brother decided to marry Cyndy, after dating her about two years. She said Dvorak showed courage in battling back from breast cancer and staring a new career. "I thought that [Cyndy going back to school and becoming a registered nurse] was incredible," Hansma said. "She had a strong desire to help others, because people were really helpful to her when she was ill and going through her treatment." McLamb is a 58-year-old Stephenville, Texas, cutting trainer who has earned more than $1.6 million as a cutter while competing in the sport since the mid-1980s. He's also known well among his colleagues as a person who has gone out of his way help others. The unanimous selection as the 2010 Zane Schulte Memorial Award recipient at December's NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth underwent double-knee replacement surgery early this year. The recovery process went well with one of his knees, but McLamb has suffered with a severe infection in the other knee, according to Brazos Bash Show Manager Chris Benedict, also a cutting trainer and one of McLamb's many friends. "He should have been back in full swing [by the middle of 2011's cutting season], but it's just been a real hassle for him," Benedict said. Complications following the dual surgeries have prevented McLamb from working and helping others in cutting show rings. They have also posed a continuing life-threatening health risk, Benedict said. McLamb, battling to retain his health and a ranch home that he owns along with his wife, Ginny, received the 2010 Zane Schulte Award, presented annually to a professional trainer known for qualities including service, respect of peers, contribution to the industry and excellence in the arena. He definitely fits that description, Benedict said. While showing well in his own right, McLamb's expertise as a cow picker and herd helper in the cutting arena has been well known and frequently exhibited for many years.

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"Anytime anybody's needed help, he's been there," Benedict said. "J.B. has always been one of the first people to the cutting and one of the last ones to leave." A standing fund has also been established to benefit McLamb. Send donations to: Jasper B. McLamb Benefit Account, Town and Country Bank, P.O. Box 1157, Stephenville, Texas, 76401. A similar fund has been established for Cyndy Dvorak. Contributions can be sent to: Cyndy Dvorak Benefit Fund at Plains Capital Bank, 1001 Santa Fe Drive, Weatherford, Texas, 76086, or call 817-598-5422 and ask for Angie Martin.

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