The 15th annual Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show returns to Panama City Beach this weekend. The event, which attracts hundreds of participants, will fill area hotels and restaurants, and it's all in the name of charity.
Martha "Sister" Blackmon Milligan, the founder of the event says she is proud of its accomplishments; they've raised over $750,000 for area charities since they started 15 years ago.
"I love the walking horse. I love the feeling of the walking horse. I love the performance horse; I just love it." Blackmon said.
She owns about 53 horses herself, a majority of which live on her ranch near Vernon, Fla. However, only 7 will compete in this year's show.
When "Sister" is not occupied practicing law, she loves to spend time with her horses and dozens of other animals.
Sister is a well-known attorney in Panama City. She recently started working for State Attorney Glenn Hess as an Assistant State Attorney, primarily focusing on probation violations in Washington & Holmes Counties. She explains it is the ideal job for her since she lives just 20 miles away from Chipley and Bonifay.
"I've been with him since he ran for Judge. I will support Glenn Hess in any endeavor he does."
"You know, I had my chance to run for office. If my husband would let me, I'd run. But, you need to make people happy at home, so I probably won't run for anything else."
So although the chances of Sister running again are slim, she has big plans. She's going to continue doing what she loves, helping people and training the horses that make her life complete.
The Gulf Coast Horse Show Kicks off Thursday, April 25 and runs till Saturday, April 27. Tickets are $12 for adults, children under 14 are free. Details can be found at Gulfcoasthorseshow.com or 914-9030