Two Major Losses to the Barrel Racing Community

Last week was a tragic week in the Pennsylvania barrel racing community, as we lost two great contributors to the local industry on Thursday.

The Barrel Racing Blog sends sincere condolences to the families of Bob Campbell and Harry Ripley, two great men who were loved by many in our world.

Personally, Bob Campbell made a lasting impression on me. Always the announcer at Crooked Creek and Dime, Bob remembered me from the very first time he met me when I was just barely out of pee wees. “Where’s your black horse?!” he’d always ask, and I’d often have to tell him, “She’s hurt again!” And after every good run Onyx made, Bob would congratulate me and tell me he was so happy Onyx was back and healthy. (If only I’d looked him up to tell him she’s still running all the way out here, I know he’d smile!) It was Bob’s amazing way of making every kid he watched feel special, and always remembering each one of us that ran.

Harry was a beloved father and grandfather to many people I look to as amazing friends. Tracy, you and your entire family are in everyone’s thoughts and prayers in this seemingly impossible time. Harry was an outstanding horseman and passed that knowledge on to his children and grandchildren who are all great horsepeople and friends.

Both funerals are today, Monday July 11. For Bob, you can attend his viewing from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. in the Ferguson Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. 700 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon, Penn. For Harry, viewing will be  4 to 8 p.m. today at the Smith Funeral Home, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. James Lewis, pastor of the West Liberty United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Slippery Rock Cemetery.

Again, The Barrel Racing Blog and its editors send sincerest condolences to our friends in this very tough time.


One thought on “Two Major Losses to the Barrel Racing Community

  1. thoughts and prayers to both families. Chel’s I am sure Bob knows where you are and how “the black horse” is doing. God is good that way. It is funny no matter what we will do in this life when we loose someone that meant anything to us, we will always think – as the person(s) still on this earth – I should have done more. But remember at the end of the day if you did your best that is all you can do and you have to be happy with that. Memories are forever !! We love ya girl

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