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02/01/2014 6:19 PM

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She said ‘yes’

Brittany Banks was showing Chex, her 12-year-old palomino gelding, at the Stock Show on Friday when she got a tap on her shoulder that would change her life.

The 23-year-old EMT turned her head in frustration, thinking the bell ringer at the Justin Arena was telling her that Chex was disqualified from the conformation show. Instead she found 32-year-old Randy Rhodes on his knee, asking for her hand in marriage.

Though Rhodes had been planning to propose for six months, he contemplated holding off when Banks’ father had a heart attack at his San Angelo home Wednesday night that caused a stroke. He was flown to a Fort Worth hospital and remains in critical condition, she said.

“Everyone kept telling me to go on with the show,” she said. “My dad, his words were slurred when I saw him in the hospital, but he told me to go.”

Banks and Rhodes plan to have a fall wedding. — Monica S. Nagy

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