Well now for The Best of the Best
I could type til heck wouldn’t have it but I am going to give you the run down on the show and we want to tell everyone THANK YOU THANK YOU from the people who bought T-shirts to the people who sponsored a class, we could not have done it with out you!
If you were not there here is how it rolled: We arrived early on Friday as we wanted to get all the auction items set up and ready for what we were hoping to be a nice-size crowd. We knew the stalls were sold out so it was a sign that the crowd was going to be a half decent size. WOW we had no idea…
Chelsea Toy was getting in to the airport at 1:30 and we had to get her picked up and back to the ranch so she could meet The Best of the Best Riders and help with the auction. We pulled into the one-horse airport and as Chels walked out she looked like a walking fashion cowgirl diva! She can rock the hip western look FOR SURE. (Editor’s note: I’m shaking my head at you two, who also looked fabulous.)
Meantime back at the ranch! We wait for the NBHA 07 Friday Night Show to be over – and it was a long night – but Marley and her family hung right in there.
Well it is after 11 p.m. and we are ready to start – Oh did we tell you that earlier in the day Channel 13 from Toledo came out and interviewed us for a small piece on the nightly news? Then at midnight the SUPER REPORTER who worked 19 hours came back out to film the riders and get more intel for the morning show! It was awesome. We owe Barbie Jimison for emailing and calling the station about the event! U ROCK BARB! We love you for that and love you for the fabulous person you are!
So we gather every one in the back of a borrowed Dodge truck because there were so many vehicles on the grounds that everyone was blocked in. At one point Clea took this picture from the top of our trailer which did not even show a smidgen of the people there. They were parked out on County Road B just to come watch The Best of the Best!
So with the Rickly Family in hand and Chase Marshall driving, we enter the arena to the announcing of Ellen McKee. The music is playing and she is introducing Marley THEN… you guessed it things were going way too good. We had issues with the announcing system. As Clea and I look at each other like ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? We just roll with it. Hollie Horn – A very special friend – read a heart-warming writing that she wrote from Marley’s view. Of course I cried – that is what I do – and yes you guessed it Clea did too! Thank you Hollie your words will be with us forever. We love you!
We start the calcutta and things roll right on. We are now ready for the race to begin. Marley gets a few photo ops and then hits the hay! THANK YOU MARLEY and the entire family for staying up for the race to begin.
As the Best of the Best race starts we are anxiously awaiting the 1st horse to cross the timer line, but first we must give our attention to Eddie Gibson. He got the race started with singing our national Anthem and a moment of prayer for a safe trip for each participant. He did an awesome job and we were so blessed to have him with us! THANK YOU EDDIE
And the race begins!
Haley Patterson running her horse Val is the first to enter the pen Poker Face by Lady GaGa playing in the back ground Haley lays down a 16.213 – A great start to the race. Next to enter the arena is our rodeo gal Ashley Hopkinson with a fitting song Country Girl with a deep first barrel she clocks a 16.864, Nice Job Ashley! Next to run before the drag is Taylor Schnitkey running to the song Stockyards. Taylor lays down a respectable 16.621 These ladies set the pace for the next drag
Next in on the top of the drag is Regan Henning who chose the song Dynamite to blaze up the shoot to and that she did. She showed that her 2010 Congress win and many other races on her horse Story Tellen Flower is why she was in the Best of the Best. She puts the winning time at this point of 16.101 on the board. Next in to try to take the lead is Abi Ringer jamming to Eye of the Tiger she has a little difficulty and clocks a 17.229 but always nice to see Abi roll into the arena to do her best. Last in the drag is Rhonda Dowell on her horse Levi. Rhonda made us proud with a clean 16.763 Rocking to Bruce Springsteen’s Glory Days. These are all of our glory days! Any day here is a Glory Day!
6 horses down and 18 to go! The mood in the back is great. The young riders are so pleased to be with the veteran riders and most said after the race – they were just happy to be invited and be able to run with the best in ohio! Made our day!
Drag 3 in rolls Justin Theado and his smoking Paint horse An Angels Treasure. He came in like a fighter plane running to Top Guns theme song. This team posted a smoother than Tom Cruise run of 16.334. WAY TO GO JUSTIN. Next in would be Natalie Davidson on Jeter Bug and although she is sweet enough she came in with Pour some sugar on Me playing in the back ground for about 16.353 seconds. Mikayla Conklin would be next in with “I like it” from Madagascar and although the song was rocking unfortunately so was one of Mikayla’s barrels. She gave it a great effort and showed she belonged right there with the rest of the Best!
Drag Time number 4 – Reagan still leads it with Haley 2nd.
Enter Crystal Haskins who had to substitute her horse Dixie because of injury issues for a young horse her and her husband Josh have trained. She rolled in to Rock & Roll all nite and put a talented 17.186 on the board. So proud of you being there Crystal. In next is one of the youth that will be sure one to watch over the years to come Hannah Shirey on Pierre her song Bad to the Bone fits her to a T. Hannah clocks a 16.460 with a deep barrel. Way to go banana! Next enter the ever talented Penny Baker with a little CCR Down on the Corner playing. Penny and Matrix scream up the shoot with the crowd cheering and lay down a time of 16.280. Time for our favorite tractor driver Tom Theado.
Lisa Bowser and ACDC’s Thunderstruck is the next to run. Her great horse Chaney carried Lisa to a 16.708. Next in would be Macie Davidson running to Lady Gaga’a On the Edge of Glory. This little gal and her horse Tuff are on the edge and tough. Macie ran a 16.020 but unfortunately with a barrel down it became a NT. Macie you and your partner are going to be a team to be reckoned with. Tausha Schneider and Ted were jammin to “I Like Big Butts” (I know you all are singing this right now!) as she blazed through the timers with the same luck as Macie she would have a NT. Both of these gals from down Salem way were still a joy to watch.
Drag Time- Reagan is still sitting in on top the leader board.
Cheyenne Niekamp which is Lisa Bowser’s daughter was thrilled to be running in the company of the other riders and did an outstanding job on her horse MP Sugar Baby posting a 16.466. Well now we have Anne Johnson, all 96 pounds of her, running to Smooth Criminal, and she would prove to be at this point the best. On a run that almost wasn’t due to a mailing issue Annie and Show Me Some Glory was shown the money after posting her 16.022. This would move her into the lead. Morgan Henning would be next to run on Perky and running to Welcome to the Jungle (which seems fitting now as they do live by Zanesville) but the barrels would prove to be a little tipsy and Morgan would leave the arena with a NT
Drag time Now we know that Anne is sitting first and Reagen second.
Katie McGrain – a local to this arena – comes in the arena to Katie Wants a Fast One and a fast one she would have running a 16.372 would get her in the top 10! Next in is a favorite of ours Brad Shirey running to Mr Good Time and the song fits. He and Schrek would post a NT for the race but would still prove to have a great time for the weekend. Sarah Boucher and Happy would be next in and unfortunately would have the same issue as Mr Good Time a downed barrel marking a NT. Both of these Besties had a little bad luck in this race but are still on our list as the best!
Last Drag Right now it sits Anne, Reagan, Haley
Some always say that you leave the best for last… WE like to think that all the riders in the race are the best. We will tell you that the next 3 riders are the best in one sense or another.
As Ellen announces Kelly Bowser the tune Wild Thing starts to play! If you have ever cheered for Kelly while riding you will see him talk to you and cheer back as he rounds any barrel. Kelly and Snoopy would have the same fate as Brad and Sarah but would leave the arena with a smile. Next would be the million dollar man Troy Crumrine running to I wanna be a Rockstar – HE IS!! Him and Hoosier would following the past 3 riders footsteps to receive a NT! Last in would be a crowd favorite and a local to the area and arena. Barbara Jimison had the tune Girls Just Wanna Have Fun playing as her and her horse Miss Secret Memories (CC) would come in the arena in style as this team always does and they would post a time good enough to take 3rd in the race overall!
THE RACE IS OVER! The night was long but the outcome was to say the least unforgettable!
Annie wins it all and not far behind is Regan Henning, Barbie Jimison, Haley Patterson, Penny Baker and Justin Theado (Kudos to Justin he was the only male rider that left them all standing and finished 6th! Rock on Justin. For his win, he earned THREE shirts from Panhandle Slim!)
Everyone got in for the group photo and prizes were handed out. After the group photo everyone scattered as it was late and I assume everyone wanted to get to bed – well some of you – we still had some salsa from JPT Salsa Company to hand out. Well let me tell you this was a prize that everyone would want so the next day we tracked every rider down and they got their salsa! Thanks Jodi and Peyton!
The Calcutta paid off greatly for a few! For those of you who have never been involved in a calcutta at a barrel race here is how it works.
A horse and rider team steps up to the auction block and the auctioneer starts to place bids on the horse and rider. Whomever buys the horse stands to win a fist full of money of their horse/rider team comes in 1st 2nd or whatever places they are paying in the calcutta payout.
Mari Guido hit the jackpot with buying Anne Johnson for $120.00 and won over $900.00 Dave T spent a couple hundred and won twice that and Mr. Loder took a chance on a Best of the Best team and came out ahead by $250.00.
As you can see if you have never participated in a calcutta auction you might want to in the future. May just put a little cashola in your pocket!
Daryl Karnes was our auctioneer and we were so happy to have him be part of the event. THANK YOU DARYL
Our total amount that we collected on behalf of Team Marley was $2,877.50 which we thought was pretty darn good for something that was put together in 40 days. It was not the ark but it was touched by the hand of the Good Lord, just like everything is! We want to thank everyone for their support in this race, and we are already looking forward to a bigger and better show for next year. We know we will be doing a 4 or 5D and some additional races as well as The Best of the Best! Might be only Ohio might be Ohio plus another State! Stay tuned for with The Barrel Racing Blog for all the details!
Well Chels – that is it for the Best of the Best Blog! There was a million things we could have listed, said or told you about but we must get this one in and the one for congress started! We feel like we are back on track and not chasing our tails!
Have a great week and we miss you dearly!
Until next time – remember “don’t forget to have your pet spayed or neutered.”
Dawn and Clea
On the Road with Dawn and Clea
Have a great day…… Dawn