SATURDAY NIGHT – THE SHOW – THE COMPETITION – THE RESULTS!
The 1st and 2nd go would be bring all the players to the game. With 358 stalls rented you knew it was going to be a race that would be a nail bitter. With the heat and the storm that would blow through it would not stop all riders from getting to the arena for their runs.
With names like Jimison, Shirey (not-me I was of course out of the money), Wyant, Hulsinger, Gorsuch, Bishop, MacQueen, Neikamp, Bowser, Henning, Gruery and Stegner you knew the Open was going to be a race to watch. Although it was as HOT as a chili pepper in the arena there were fans everywhere and people were anxious to cheer on their favs.
Barbara J. would ride the weekend for her friend Tommy who was taken to the good Lord earlier in the week. She would prove that there was an angel on her should throughout the weekend. After winning the first round and then heading back to her home town to be with Tommy’s family she would return the next day to run the 2nd round with tears of joy and tears of sadness from an emotional day Barbie would come out of the arena to take the lead in the 2nd round.
Once the Open was over the dog race would begin and the DJ would spin some records (ok it was probably down loaded stuff but spin some records sounds better)
Jenna Shirey’s Mom (Hot Grandma) as we call her, was a life guard by day for kids at the pool and a Rock Star at night. We heard that Jenna had to beat Brad up for laughing at her as she came in and watched a movie – let’s just say it was the late show! Sunday morning would prove to be a little bit painful for granny tho… even the hair of the dog was not working. You keep rocking grandma.
Although Dustin would not be tazered this year he would be able to get his groove on in his Sponge Bob underwear that he was sporting! Jim Head joined in the festivities with a similar move to Johnny Cash’s “I fell into a burning ring of fire” Someone decided they needed to run the barrels in their Toyota and we are pretty sure they were the winners. We would spend some time with Loder’s and Clea would steer me clear of the arena with the music playing as she knows what happens when you get me and a jukebox together! Boogie Fever!!! We bolted the doors and turned in for a good night’s sleep to run the finals in the morning.
Sunday would bring the finals and some smoking runs. The Youth would be a super race. The youth riders would show that they are the future of barrel racing. The Seniors would bring the heat and show that they are the past, present and the future of the sport.
The Open Finals would begin and as they ran from slowest to fastest as the riders ran their best run they could at that moment – they hit the timer line running and whipped and kicked til they were back a crossed the timer line to look up to the left to see their time and hope it was good enough for the Top 10!
As the 83rd horse ran the arena would be full of barrel racers that had already ran, show goers that would be cheering on each rider and family members supporting their teams. As the riders got closer to the end the arena would get fuller and the cheers louder.
Draw 83 would bring Justin Bishop to the start line. He would lay down a 15.487 Tara Spatz on Oscar would not be able to leave the barrels standing and would leave the arena with Justin still in the lead. Breana Hemsley was up next and would run a 15.957 after a few more teams would run enter draw 97 Mike Hulsinger riding Jones on Fire – is always a favorite at Circle G – With Mikes signature bull riding arm in the air and his bandana under his hat he would run a 15.642 not enough for the lead but a nice run. Draw 100 would bring Lisa Cline and Reba to the arena this team gets faster with each run and this would hold true for this weekend as well. As the crowd stood to cheer on Lisa and Reba she would cross the finish line with a smoking 15.651. Draw 104 would bring Brad Shirey and Shrek to the shoot. Brad would ride all weekend with a pulled groin and pain that would make a normal man throw up – With half the arena standing and the other half ready to jump out of their seat after the first barrel Brad would lose ground on the 2nd barrel to finish with a respectful 15.995. Draw 108 Mary Francis would there be another 4 ran. Mary would lay down a 15.496 on Pay Stroken Memories but not until draw 118 would the lead change.
As everyone sat waiting to see if Barbie J could pull a clean sweep for the weekend and everyone wanting a different number on the leader board to get them in the money, with anticipation Barb and CC would head to the arena and the closer she got the more people stood to cheer her on. Barb would run up the shoot with her signature never miss a beat first barrel and round the second just as fast, Clea and I could see a 3 in our future and possible a saddle – a trip at the 3rd barrel would leave us with just a dream but would leave Barbie J was a 15.383 and enough to take the lead. Drawn 119 Heather Palmer would be up on here horse Cowboy; she posted a 15.555 earlier in the weekend and the arena was hers for the taking. She would come up the shoot in a fury and with every barrel the cheers would ring louder and with the push home her time would be so close with a 15.483. With one rider left Cheyenne Niekamp who won the youth earlier in the weekend would be the last rider and the last chance for our hopes of any cash or awards. Cheyenne would come through the gates with all the win in the world riding MP Sugar Baby, a downed barrel would however leave Barbie J with a clean sweep for the weekend. Congrats to all the teams for a great although HOT weekend. Congrats to Barbie J and CC on an although emotional but spectacular weekend- Every one rocked it at the State Show!
Thank you Cara and Crew for a nice show and beautiful awards! We also want to say Congrats to all the winners in all divisions. This sport is a great sport and although some days we have to wonder if a beach wouldn’t be as much fun and less expensive we always come back for the love of our horses!