Derby Day Gala 2016

Santiago Thomas, a native of Cherán, Mexico, who lives in Cobden, polishes his horses’ hooves May 7 in preparation for pictures with guests during the annual Sweethearts of the Saddle Derby Day Gala at the Carterville Community Center. “It’s like girls getting their nails painted,” said Thomas, the barn manager at Giant City Stables. “I got up early to give them a bath as well. … My job is to have the horses fed, have the correct saddle and be ready for the day’s programs.” All funds raised at the event benefited students enrolled in Specialized Equine Services and Therapeutic Riding at Giant City Stables. — May 7, 2016, Carterville, Ill. (Morgan Timms | @morgan_timms)