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Horseman remembered at last Sun Downs race

A riderless horse led the post parade Saturday after the final race at Sun Downs in honor of its owner, the late Dick Monahan.

Monahan, a former president of the Northern Racing Quarter Horse Association, died in December. He was an attorney from Walla Walla.

Friends and family of Monahan gathered for the teary-eyed tribute, which involved trainer and American Quarter Horse Association director Bill Hoburg walking Traffico with an empty boot placed backwards in the stirrup, according to Ginny Harding, NRQHA president.

Monahan was president of the NRQHA from 1987 to 1993. In 2007, he was elected to the AQHA executive committee.

The parade past the grandstand occurred after the 10th and final race on the card -- the AQHA/Dick Monahan Northwest Maiden Challenge Finals. The race was won by Vodka Soda No Fruit, a gray shazoom colt that is owned by one of Monahan's longtime friends, Bob Gilner.

After the parade, the NRQHA and Tri-City Horse Racing gathered in the winner's circle to present Monahan's widow, Brenda, with an original rendition of their "fallen hero." The work was done by Harding, a Kennewick artist.