On the Road with Dawn and Clea from Circle G’s MVP Show

Dawn and Clea are so fabulous, if you didn’t already know that! They are sponsoring gas cards to The Barrel Racing Blog’s loyal readers and commentors! Recently they handed out a $25 gas card to Brooke Micelli for her frequent reading and contributions to the blog! So read to the end of the post each time, and answer the question the ladies ask, and tell us what you think of the review! It PAYS to love The Barrel Racing Blog and On the Road with Dawn and Clea!
MVP Show June 17 – 19 at Circle G Arena, Lewisburg, Ohio

(Editor’s note: I’m learning that Dawn and Clea [and many who have the misfortune (hehe) of associating with these two] are never on time for their runs. Always to early or too late… how long have we been doing this ladies??? Enjoy their epic tales today on their adventures in trying to get to the ring on time.)

Hello Ms. Chels! How are you today? We thought we would mix it up a little in the beginning of the blog!

It’s Friday the 17th and we are getting ready for the MVP show at Circle G in Lewisburg, Ohio. We had to head into the store for a few groceries and we are SURE they are in the fridge this time and not in the back of the black truck. We of course are wanting to leave at 2 but as usual we get out of here at 3. That is about par for our course.

Dogs are ready to roll they are by the truck and ready to get trucking to the show. Stuckaroo loves going to the horse shows. We get the horses loaded and they dogs in and we are out the drive. (This is what the drive looked like when we got home. [see photo] Not the same as when we left.)

We stop at the local Town and Country for some fuel in the truck and the generator. Clea whips in there like she owns the joint, all heads turn and as I walk in the store to get the pumps turned on this little ol’ lady says, “Honey you girls are not driving that are you?” I laugh and put my hand on her shoulder “Yep just us two girls, we just drive it like we know what we are doing and it has worked so far.” She laughs and says, “Well more power to you two.” The lady behind the counter chuckles about it and the lil ‘ lady heads out the door with lettuce seeds still smiling.

We hit I-71 in gear 13 and don’t look back. We both agree we must be getting better at this trucking thing as Betty did not get one middle finger this trip. How ’bout that!

We roll into Circle G knowing we want to park out back so we can tie horses. The place looks like we are at the wrong arena as there are not a lot of trailers there but as usual it fills up and the show turns out well for the MVP group. We are lucky enough to get pulled in and parked by The Penland’s, Nancy Adkins, Kelly B and Danielle, Matt B, Jackie Dotson and then the original Hound Dog Ross Sovich pulls in – There goes the neighborhood. The Davidson’s are there and ready to roll for Friday Night with their steed. Macie takes the Warm up by storm on her Gypsy Rose pony and Nat pulls a check on Spook in the 3D. Way to go girls!

Friday night was a quiet night about 60 in the jackpot class and everyone turned in early. I rode Homer – our 4 year old – for the first time. NOT PRETTY – He is diffidently Clea’s ride – Clea had a nice run on Channing who she had not ran for a while and the others hung at the trailer. It was a humid hot evening – one of those evenings you could stand still and sweat like “Arnold S in the maids quarters.” We both were done early and decided to shower and hang back at the trailer. I was seriously thinking I was not that stinky right up til I shut the bathroom door and was by myself in the a closed in area. All that time I was pointing the finger at Clea! WHOAAAA I am so thankful for that shower! Sorry for anyone who was close to me over the weekend. LOL

Jackie and Nancy came back to the trailer about 10 yes 10 of course I was about half a sleep when they sat down and when I looked at the clock next it was 11:56 almost midnight. Good Lord Midnight! Jackie was making fun of me for dozing off. Hey I was tired Jackie!!

Saturday morning brought a little rain but some cooler weather as well. Amanda Dilbone Griffo was doing hair and adding feathers to some participants of the show. Her and her husband had great runs. Her horse Wilma looks like she is coming back strong. We gathered our draw numbers for the first class and ready our steeds.

Poles were first and we had Joker Smoker with us to run poles. That little horse loves her job. We were watching the class from the warm up pen when this gal, we never saw before, comes in and is laying down a winning pole run and someone yells “timer” she is in the middle of her last weave pulls her horse up to a trot. Then her dad and everyone else yells, “KEEP GOING!” She finishes the weave and runs home with a 22.510. It would have been a 19-second run or better without a doubt. She comes in on her second horse and runs a 20.155 and wins the class, and her 22.510 wins 1st in the 2D. Her name is Morgan Jones she is from Kentucky, and if you see her at a show you can bet she will be tough competition.

Meg and Macie, two tough (and adorable) pee-wee competitors

Pee Wees are next, then Warm up. We are at the trailer chatting with Jackie D and I start thinking that we signed up last night – I wonder what the draws will be? hummmmmm. I excuse myself from the conversation and start to get Chili ready (as I only have one to ride today, I am anti-HOMER the rest of the weekend.) I get my horse ready and Clea is still talking to Jackie. I say, “You might want to get ready as I am not sure of our draws.”  She says, “I will go check.”  About 8 mins later she comes running back “Shirey Shirey” as she is leaning against the tree, I see her  wondering, “Would anyone see me if I just drank some water out of that bucket as I am sure to kill over any second without water!”…She then says, “Shirey you are Draw 2 they are ready to start!” Holy Krykeee I cinch up my saddle get Chili’s bridle on and start up. Clea says, “I will run up so if they call your name I can tell them you are coming!”  I say “Great!” as I head up to the arena – Now you would have thought I would have learned that those damn pee wee classes get me everytime and to get my horse warmed up.  I go charging up there and lope around the outside pen a minute. I don’t see Clea anywhere and the tractor is done the barrels are set, so I go to the warm up arena and get Chil Bug warmed up. Then Clea comes around the corner – still out of breathe from running back up to the arena – and says Holy Hell they just started Pee Wee NOT Warm up.  A big sigh from both of us then a laugh and another sigh.  I go back outside to await my run and Clea takes a seat.

She takes a seat long enough to see Crystal Haskins come in on her Bully Bullion mare and lay down the winning run 15.656.  This pair have been off due to injury and is now back on fire. She keeps her horses happy and healthy with massage and lots of love. Her husband Josh is right by her side helping and supporting her. The Haskins put out some nice horses. Clea and I said to Becky Johnson, Crystal’s mom, “What a sweet run, that was flawless!”  She says with pride, ” I taught her everything she knows.”  Then she looks around to see if Crystal heard that – we all get a chuckle.


We chill after we run the warm up and visit with Roger “Mouse” Gibson and everyone else at the arena. Brad and Jenna Shirey are always a hoot to sit by. Michigan Larry was there chatting, we are still looking for his draw number (teehehehe). Mouse is trying to raise 200 dollars for some extra activities at the horse show. IF you see him in the future see if he still needs a little extra cash (see photo for reference on who to look for) Raymond Reynolds was back in the saddle with a nice buckskin horse that he looked real good on, always nice to see him riding.

The Davidsons entertained us with Ross stories (Credit Card Swipe) and “Hey Freak what are you looking at?” as quoted by Nat when her and Ross were in the bank drive thru and some man was checking Nat out. Way to defend your sister Ross!

Madeline Shirey fell off her pony riding bareback – she got no sympathy from Daddy – but she did learn to NOT GALLOP at the horse shows when on bareback. Hannah learned the hard way DO NOT TAKE ALLEGRA. She gave us a scare with an allergic reaction to the medicine and had to be taken to the hospital. We talked to Brad later that night and they were in the hood in Dayton waiting for Hannah to get out of the ER. They all survived!

The youth was a tough race. When you hear names like Macie Davidson, Mason Penland, Hannah Shirey, Trevor Pruitt, Haley Patterson, Morgan Jones and Clint VanVolkenburgh you know it is going to be a race to the finish. If you are not a youth and you are running the open that follows the youth then you know these little punks can win the open too! Just kidding kids – you are not punks – Macie on Tuff was winning it and you think she has it in the bag with a 15.776 then you hear the announcer say and in the hole is Trevor Pruitt. Now where the heck did he come from…..everyone who was outside the arena and heard his name stopped in their tracks to hear the time in the distance. Anyone in the arena went to the rail to watch this kid and his black horse – Walts Rock and Roll – do their thing! ..and do their thing they did. He rocked it to a winning time of a 15.412 to win the class!

The open brought 180 entries and some tough runs. It took a 15.9 to even be in the 1D. Atop the leader board was again Trevor Pruitt, Kelly Bowswer, Cheyenne Patrick and Natalie Davidison. But none of them could reach the top the way the Barb Jimision and Miss Secrets Memories did with a 15.451! This pair is amazing if you have never had the opportunity to see a horse give 110% of itself to its rider when you are at a show and you hear Barbara Jimison on deck – take a minute and watch these two in motion, you wont be disappointed. They won Sunday’s open as well.

Saturday night brought the Donation Dinner for the benefit for Linda Ward. Linda was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer and the MVP staff along with Linda’s daughter –Darcy – and some great friends took this opportunity to try to raise a little money for a good cause. They had some good food, cold drinks, and live entertainment. Jaime Jackson’s daughter sang a little Taylor Swift for us. (See this on my Facebook) Jesse Meeks sang a little with Cory (the entertainment) and we all sang a little here and there. Clea and I relived the Gina Experience from The Oasis Bar in Illinois and explained the situation to those who missed that blog – you should go back and read it, I crack up about Brittney too. Lori Davidison was kind enough to let us try some jalapenos she had and like jackasses we popped them right in our mouths………..Holy Jalapeno talk about HOT!!

Jesse and Kelly Meek’s jack russell, Boady, was sure he could kill anything and if not breed it. We are all at the cookout and Lori D comes up with her 3 big dogs – 2 pits and 1 heeler – and Boady comes over and tries to pick a fight with the heeler. Jesse looks over and says, “Pitbull OMG Pittbulls” We start laughing. Lori D says, “OMG Pitbulls look out – IT ISN’T the pitbulls it your jack russell!” Chaos ensues and we are all cracking up. Clea says “Holy Hell there is Mike Vick – get your dogs!” Grandy Rose and Gator (the pitbulls) could care less. They just want some food. Jesse give them some hotdogs and everytime we see or talk to Jesse or just want to terrorize her we say “Pitbulls OMG Pittbulls” People these are 2 of the nicest dogs ever.

There was a friendly game of beer pong that then turned into a water fight. Not pretty but then again I needed another shower so I really was ok with it. Damn it was hot that evening! So we are all ready to get to the trailer as the water battle stopped, and we were ready for a shower and bed. We walk back to the trailer and we both see some shadows behind us. (We know that Clea got the last water fight in on Jesse so we are sure this is not over.) Macie D comes up on her bike and says, “I heard them talking about the Pete and you two.” So we high tail it to the truck, water the horses and give hay. Clea says “Batten down the hatches!” We are like little scared teenagers going to get caught with something. We are trying to get in the trailer and the doors shut so no more water comes our way. We are in and everything is shut. Thank you Macie Davidison! sshhhhhhhhsssssshhweeeeeeeeeeeeeuuuuuuueeeeee That was close. We shower – thank goodness again for a shower – and to sleep we go.

The next morning brings this. (see photo) So we are cracking up and Beth and Mason Penland come over and help us unwrap our morning package. I said to Clea “When they ask just pretend like we never saw a thing.” Sure enough Kelly Meeks comes over and says, “Hey we are out of toilet paper.” Clea said, “Well there is some in the trailer if ya need it” He and his partner in crime (MVP Boy) said, “No the truck – someone TP’d it.” We look at eachother like huhhhhhhh, We say, “Sorry not our truck!” They stroll back to the arena, Clea and I get a good laugh. We stroll up to the arena and Nat D says, “How’d ya like that pic on facebook!?” We all laugh. It was really funny, I don’t care who you are.

We are getting ready to roll home when WHAMMO we hear this sound around the back of the trailer. It was HOMER – he decided to get hung up on and break the escape door. We would like to thank Kent Penland for helping us fix the trailer door. That duct take works wonders. You can see this on Beth Penlands facebook it was priceless! Thank you Thank you Kent You are the best!

We wanted to give a shout out to Beth and Mason Penland. For those of you who don’t know Beth she is perhaps one of the funniest people you could know. Her sense of humor and warm heart is always top in our books. You will usually see her with a smile on her face and in some cases making hand gestures that are as funny as can be.  Both Kent and Beth have raised beautiful children. Their son Mason is one of the most respectful young men in the barrel racing community. Mason is a dedicated, loving boy who I have had the pleasure to see grow into a young man.  Clea and I are two of Mason’s biggest cheerleaders. Mason is doing very well with his young horses and we believe he will be one for the record books in the years to come. We are proud to call the Penlands’ our friends.

Eye Catcher of the show is…….

MACIE DAVIDSON on TUFF and GYPSY ROSE. Macie rides like a champ for such a youngster. She is well supported by her Mom, Lori, and Sister, Natalie, as well as her other 7 brother and sisters. Davidsons took a chance on buying Tuff for Macie and it has turned out to be a great purchase. If you ever have a chance to see this little blonde hair cutie run around the cans you should stop and watch. If you are not sure who is running you will see her sister and her mother in the shoot screaming their ever loving heads off and yelling Ride Macie Ride! Macie won the Open Race Friday night, the 2nd Youth on Saturday on Gypsy Rose, and won the Youth on Sunday on Tuff! This ain’t no 4H show she was running at – this was top shelf, TUFF (no pun intended) Competition.

What not to do…….

You should never never let your horse rub on another one with all the head gear and saddles on. There was an incident in the holding up pen and a horse was rubbing on another one and the bridle got hung up the horses spooked the bridle broke and the gal was so shook up she could not even make her run. Think about that next time you are letting your horse rub on another or even the railing of the arena!

Word for the week…………

“Pitbull OMG Pittbulls” Although it was funny with all the Chaos the Pitbulls usually get the bad wrap because of bad owners. Here is some information about the bred. http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/breedinfo.html

The Review

Competition was really really tough! Anyone who got in or came close should be proud!

The show moved along quickly and was well organized. Thank you to the MVP show people for putting on another show that always is a good one.

The food – ummmm it is Circle G food! Then there was the cookout which the food was grilled and appreciated. Thank you for all the hard work MVP crew

Circle G is always a great place to show. Dennis will always have the ground safe for horse and rider. Thank you all who are there for us barrel racers.

We sucked – we hope we ride like we know how at the state finals – enough said!


To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

What are your thoughts on the question below? Please comment on the blog below. Your input will win you prizes in the future! We are watching who comments on our blog!

Do you prefer music when you run your race? If so, what is your fav song to run to?

We are off to Circle G – always a great place to show – NBHA State Finals Over 300 runs are already posted.
For your draws at States here is the link http://www.ohionbha.com/

We will be doing a random draw for a gas card for one or maybe two lucky blog readers. Make sure and post your comments to qualify! Look for “thebarrelracingblog” T Shirts in the future!

Until then “ Get your pet Spayed or Neutered”
Clea & Dawn


17 thoughts on “On the Road with Dawn and Clea from Circle G’s MVP Show

  1. I like to listen to countyr musice or old rock n roll while I’m in the pen—- the section in the blog was cute– I’m sure when I tell crystal– she’ll smile and asy “not”— see ya at lewisburg this wkend!

  2. I love Mouse! He sold me a lot of quality colts and taught me horse dealing the honest way. When my mom passed away I was kind of a lost soul. He found me Mergie and pushed me to get back into the arena. Can’t thank him enough! Now, that being said, I love the music! I ran in on AC/DC thunderstuck…it had nothing to do if I went to church that week or not, lol!

  3. I love running into the arena with music! It really adds to the excitment. I don’t care what song I run into though because when I get into the arena, I stop hearing it…..I think I go temporarily deaf….lol 🙂

  4. Another great blog girls! Thanks again for the gas card!! I love the music, makes it a little more exciting. I like all types and variety but my Fantasy mare loves, “Poker Face”. My kids were playing it in the trailer when I was saddling her and she got all hyped up! We even tested other songs with her but that seemed to wake her up!! It was too funny! Good luck at state!! May I be able to keep those darn arms down!!!!

  5. Back when I was competing, One of my best runs was to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “I Feel Lucky Today”. Every time I hear that song I remember that run. I like to watch others run to music too. Love reading the blog

  6. Good job ladies you always have such good times to share!!! We look forward to see what happens every week end.
    Good Luck at the OHIO NBHA STATE FINALS !!!

  7. I love listening to the music before I run, while im warming up but I dont hear anything after they call my name to run. I always try and remember what song was playing when I ran but it never works

  8. You guys are the best, although I’m “sure that you missed Scotty the hotty” the food critic and myself at this show!! lol We look forward to seeing you and hanging out with you all at the state show. See ya soon!!!!!

  9. First let me say I MISS YOU!!! (Oh yeah Petey says to tell you he misses you too! LOL) Second we will need to buy Mouse a bigger hat because his head is going to get so big now that he is an internet sensation! LOL I love that little fella! I owe everything I have accomplished to Mouse and Kathy! I would be nothing without all of their help and guidance. Third I have to say I LOVE RUNNING IN TO MUSIC!! Maybe it is the rodeo girl in me but the music gets Tiara and I pumped up. I love to run to Eye of the Tiger or the I’m Going to Fly song from Rocky!! Hope to see you girls soon! Petey has a new friend named Tink he thinks you really need to meet. She isn’t nearly as cool as he is (according to him) but she is a pretty close second! 🙂

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