BOTB 2012 getting on the ROAD!

Our weekend started on Thursday morning at 7AM when we had everyone and everything packed and ready to roll.  2 Rigs – 5 horses – 3 dogs a boat load of awards and Lynnie – The Sponsor Corral Queen

We drove in the rain with gloominess getting worse we started to panic but then as we usually say ” Everything happens for a reason” – plus what the heck is the sense in worrying  about it  Mother Nature will do what she wants – just like any good woman.

We would pull in at 10 AM with a great group of people there willing to help get things started.  With the arena set, the banners hung, the Corral stocked, the stalls tagged, the panels set for a safe alley way, the entry booth organized, the picture back ground set, we are ready for Friday and people to start rolling in.  Well they started rolling in on Thursday and they would continue until Saturday Night…  We can not thank Joe Johnson and Kelly Bowser enough for getting the ground ready all week for the show to start Friday.  THANK YOU   Heather & Joe Johnson for all the work the week prior to us getting the WB Ranch and thank you Barbie Jimison, Becky Johnson, Helen Chambers, Don and Kristina Holden, The Meyer’s Family, Lisa Wylie and her Crew for helping set up from the beginning.   NBHA 07 ROCKED for helping.  We Thank CHELSEA TOY for all her contacts to great companies who helped make the awards great.  We could not have done it without all of you helping get the place ready!   For anyone we don’t list in this today & you had any part of it please know we appreciated each of you did.  Your selfless act of kindness is known and appreciated.

During the weekend we would run just over 1100 barrel and pole runs not including exhibitions from Friday Night at 7 PM til  Sunday at 1:30 PM and we would run all night long.  For those of you who were there and ran at 2 in the morning, or 4 in the morning or if you were the last horse to run at 5:48 AM we THANK YOU for hanging in there.   We never thought in a million years we would have the numbers we did.  We said from day one.  If we keep the ground good, start on time and keep the show running we will be good.  We started on time, when the ground started to get a little sketchy we fix it and the show never stopped running – except with our intro for the Best of the Best riders (with a broken PA system) but all in all it was what it was and people hung in there.  For those of you who scratched and never complained WE THANK YOU for those of you who stayed up to cheer on your friends when they ran at 3AM  WE THANK YOU.  For everyone who graced the WB Ranch that weekend WE THANK YOU!!

We can not thank the sponsors enough for stepping forward to help with this wonderful event. Christmas is almost here and perhaps some of our sponsors can help you get your shopping done.   We will be highlighting each of them in the days to come.  If they have a business that will help you or your family in any way please take a minute and check out their website, call for a quote or if you see them somewhere say   THANK YOU-THANK YOU for making the BOTB show possible.

We hope you enjoy the days to come with the stories, play by plays and reviews for the weekends since The Best of the Best….   AGAIN WE THANK YOU

As always please be kind to everyone – at the end of the day your kindness says so much.

On the Road with Dawn and Clea

Dawn & Clea


On the Road with Dawn and Clea from the MVP Need for Speed Show

MVP Need for Speed – Wilmington Ohio April 13-15, 2012

Well the week started out with a busy start as usual. Just like everyone we are no different with a million things to do before we pull out of the drive. Thursday night it is about 9 and we are both surprised to have everything in order. Usually it is about 11 and we are both saying “Screw it lets go to bed, we will get it in the morning.” But not this trip… Hopefully this is a good start to the season.

Anyone who knows us knows we are about an hour behind wherever we go but this morning we would pull out of the drive with 2 rigs, 7 horses, 3 dogs and a whole lotta “time to get away from the daily grind good times are headed our way” feelings.

Betty is in the big rig and I am in the baby rig. Someone ask us who drives what, Betty replies, “We both can and do but she’s on the phone too much on a Friday to drive it.” Oh so true I think I was on it the entire 3 hours. But I was on the way to a barrel race and not in the office so I will take that.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone that is headed to the show. We pull in, unload and get parked. We are parked across from Diane and Loren Altma and they are always such great people to see. We chatted with them off and on over the weekend and saw some nice runs from these two ladies. We look forward to seeing them over the summer.

Our boy Brad Shirey and his girls were there to run the cans, The Whitesels, Doc, Donny and the Gruery’s were there. Kelly, Danielle and a new addition Henrietta their baby lamb graced us with their presence. The Penlands, Guidos, Sarah and the Stoneman’s were all out supporting the MVP gang.

Friday night would prove to pull good numbers for the MVP show committee. Over 175 horses ran through the gates trying to collect one of 35 checks for the night. Over 200 horses on Saturday and close to 190 on Sunday.

Trevor Pruitt and Brad Shirey would sit at the top of the leader board over the entire weekend. Brad’s horses were lighting up the arena and dialed in to make it happen. Walts Rock And Roll was as always doing that. Not to be left behind before the weekend was up is Sarah Boucher, Barbie Jimison, and Jimmy Bryant. At no point was there a for sure winner and it was by far a race to the end all weekend.

Jimmy Bryant would win the show on Saturday despite his trick riding to the 3rd, a broken stirrup and oh yes did we tell you we told him to tighten his saddle before his run… we are thinking a % is due us!  Congrats Jimmy!

Natalie Davidson and her great horse “Jeter” had a “would have should have could have” moment with a smoking 15.5 but a down barrel would have her leave the arena with a no time. Her grey horse would however proved to be a money earner for the weekend. Great Job Nat!

The other Davidson kids were not far behind with great runs and good times. Macie and her sister Annie made sure they kicked some butt in all 3 races. The kids are such a great joy to watch for us. Megan Sparks is one of the ones to watch in the future; she is hoping her palomino can carry her to the Best of the Best this year. The Henning girls would have a little tough luck this weekend but Morgan would show her true talent on Sunday with a clean run on Fashion. Kyle Stoneman pulled Tucker out of the field rolled into Wilmington, Ohio, and take home some money! It took them til the 3rd run to pull it all together but when they did to the pay window she went. Great Job Kids! Loved seeing you all

Our stand out for the weekend of the kids is Peyton Theado. We have had the pleasure of knowing Peyton for a couple years now and we see the hard work she has put into the sport. We watch her during exhibitions and all the thoughts she puts into it and finding her points on the wall for when she runs.  Making sure she knows the arena area and the situations around her. We could not be happier for her from the runs she had this weekend and the future runs we will be seeing her have. Great Job Peyton! You should be proud of yourself and the 2 horses you have turned into contenders.

The Dilbone sisters were at the race along with their mom. Mrs. Dilbone has committed some of her special mustard for auctioning purposes at the Best of the Best…. People save your money up for that. Health was there and telling us about his new organic diet. We were impressed… then we walked by the office window and much to our surprise we see Health and one of the Vansickle boys (not Aaron the other one) eating powered sugared, peanut butter chocolate covered chex mix we swear if they would have had a scoop shovel they would have used it. Heath has white powdered sugar all over his mouth, down the front of his shirt and as he looks up he has an, “Oh my God you can see me!” look on his face. Clea and I are busting a gut as he has apparently forgotten he is in front of a CLEAR glass window. He had a momentary relapses but he is back on track with his diet. Damn Pinterest recipes anyhow.

We would find ourselves sitting by the Vansickles this weekend. Although we have had the pleasure to know them in the past in passing, this weekend would prove how we thought they were is how they are.  Piper and Peyton are 2 adorable girls. Connie–well you will be hard pressed to find a nicer person to talk to and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with Val. However we will have to give the “Super” award to Bruce. We have never seen such a doting grandpa than him. All weekend he made sure those little gals were taken care of and not because he had to it was because he wanted too. Val is a very lucky girl to have a dad like that and now a grandpa for her babies. Thank you Vansickles for a great weekend. PS Val go get ’em with those smoking horses you have… The Best of the Best is waiting…

Brent Puhl was there with his picture magic. Although I saw a couple of my photo’s and they needed a little magic. It was and always is nice to see him at the shows. It really isn’t a show without him.

We LOVE seeing Mouse Gibson and chatting with him. I want to thank him for the nice comments after my runs on KC Jane. Clea works hard keeping the horses fit and tuned up while I am busy with SunRise and I appreciate her, even more when they work the way they do when I jump on and run the drums. KC Jane ran 13th out of 230 horses her first trip out since Congress. We are hoping this is a start to a great year with this little gal – she is wanting in the Best of the Best this year.Friday night after all the cans were ran and the ponies were put to bed Dustin & Brandie Whitesel would stop by Hotel Bloomer with a few friends (total of 12 people) for a little weekend cocktail. Dustin’s friend Travis would entertain us with the same story over and over about his friend Bobbie the wanna be firefighter. It was funny every time too. Cara Mead would roll her Samsonite luggage through the door, Clea and I look at each other as if to say “She does know this is not a real hotel, right?” but then she reveals it as a rolling mini bar. It would prove to be an Ohio State fan type of night with Brandie helping Dustin break out the flagpole to hang some Big Ohio State beads for everyone’s viewing. OH-IO All of a sudden Travis’s story was not the topic of conversation. Thanks for all the laughs. They would all come back on Saturday but we would not be as inviting­–as a matter of fact I think we said “Get Out” : )   Good Times!

Now for the review

The Ground

The ground was safe. It was deep but it was safe and that is the most important. It needed a little bit more water on Friday but by Saturday and Sunday they got the hills and dales flattened out and the right amount of water on it. It was safe which is the most important thing. It got faster over the weekend but seemed to be pretty consistent during each race.

The MVP crew would have little control over the tractor drivers, as when you rent the arena they take care of the ground–which I might add is an added expense.

The Alley

There was no real shoot which we are personally not fans of. There is a safety factor involved and the fact that everyone ran out into the warm up pen is dangerous. Jimmy Bryant came very close to running over 2 people leading a horse. The little gal from PA who’s bridle broke and her horse ran bridleless into the warm up arena then into the barn with the concrete floor or the 2 horses that came running in from the warm up pen almost running over someone–Oh wait that was me…. Our suggestion would always be–make sure your alleyway is safe.

The Food

Oh is that a good place for food. The waffle fries and cheese sauce (for those of you wondering how we have gained the 10 extra pounds) wonder no more. It was nice not to have to pack a lot of food and be able to have good food there if we wanted. It is totally the opposite of Circle G. No more questions huh!

All in All

All in all the show was a success, at least from our perspective. MVP had a few issues in the office that delayed a couple things but all in all everything went well. For those of you who were complaining (we were two of them) about the draws not being posted (pre-draws were put in with the entries at the show) or the fact they did not have at least the first 50 riders up early. Or were you one complaining about the high stall fees? We got a little perspective when we saw the bill for the arena and the weekend. At that point here was our thinking.

We stepped back and as two gals putting on a show this year we thought…

1. They are taking a chance that their cost will be covered so WE CAN BARREL RACE

2. They are spending their money to put this show on so WE CAN BARREL RACE

3. They are taking their precious time to put on the show so WE CAN BARREL RACE

4. They may be making something on the show but it is not a living we will tell you that and all so


 So when we are complaining next time think about the above and if you are going to go just enjoy it!  After all it’s all so WE CAN BARREL RACE

What’s in the future

We are headed to Circle G this weekend for the Spring Fling and getting things out for The Best of the Best!

We love going to the shows and wondering who is going to be the qualifiers for the Best of the Best in 2012 – looking forward to see you all this year.

Until next time – Remember – Be Kind to One Another-

Clea and Dawn

On the Road with Dawn & Clea

We recently switched to Strategy and Ultium. In just a few short weeks it has made a huge difference.  The top line of the horses and the energy levels have been over the top. Sparks the yellow horse is running like him old self, all the kids have an extra hop in their step. Thank you PURINA IBRA OHIO Sponsor!  We would put or reps name in here but we forget it. J We will get you in the next one . Nicest lady came out to the farm and spent a lot of time with us and seeing what our needs were – THANK YOU!

Question for the week: What do you feed your equine athlete? 

Win Justin Bent Rail Boots from Langston’s Western Wear

Justin Bent Rail Women's 13" Boots - White/Black

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A few months ago, Langston’s Western Wear sent me over this pair of Justin Bent Rail Boots to try out. After wearing them through Colorado’s winter and spring mud season, I’ve got to report that these boots held up to everything I threw at them, both in the saddle and in the office. I wear my boots from the office to the barn every day, and I need a pair of kicks that can polish up like new after every ride. These boots still look good as new, but they’ve broken in to be super comfortable riding boots, too.

I even wore them to Frozen Dead Guy Days with a rockin’ Charlie 1 Horse fedora and got tons of compliments on them…even in a not-so-cowboy kinda crowd. (Enjoy the video clip… though it has nothing to do with boots and everything to do with coffin races.)

So anyways, I loved the boots. And so did everyone who saw me in them, because they are just a sharp looking boot that really rides well, something Justin Boots has built a reputation on.

And to keep things rolling right along, you can win a pair of Women’s Justin Bent Rail Boots or Men’s Justin Bent Rail Boots straight from Langston’s Western Wear right here only on The Barrel Racing Blog!

Here’s how you win. In the comment section on this very post you need to tell us the dates for this year’s Best of the Best in Ohio Barrel Race and September Showdown in Swanton, Ohio. After you post the dates, tell us one reason you’re looking forward to making it to that show! (And if you can’t come, you better tell us a darn-good excuse.)

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On the Road with Dawn and Clea from WB Ranch

I send my apologies AGAIN that I’m getting this up so late! This was originally from November…Where the heck did December go?! 

Well hello Chels – It is a pleasantly warmer than we thought  Saturday morning and we are headed to the WB Ranch in Swanton, Ohio for the Winter Series.

I am still not riding but Clea is ready to roll with the pole and barrel horses. We load up Chili, Channing and Cracker to run and then Whitey (she got her name because of all the whites in her eyes) our 3 year old for Clea to exhibition. We are thinking she is going to be a nice barrel horse.  She has all the run in the world and as Clea says she is a ROCK STAR at home. Time will tell. We load up 2 of the dogs, Stuck and Clet and leave Kisses at home as she is prime this weekend to have babies and WE SO DON’T WANT THAT NOW next time will be fine.**

We roll out the drive Betty is in the driver’s seat and my leg is good enough to be Nelly Navigator from the front seat. Thank God!

We roll into Swanton about 10:30 and there are a lot of trailers there and looks like it is going to be a nice sizes show.  We open the doors to the truck and both decide it is a  little chillier at Swanton then West Salem–grab the jackets.

We get parked and head on up to the arena to get our stalls and exhibitions. Thank Goodness we did because everyone and their brother had their young horses there for exhibitions.  We got the last couple from Joe Johnson.  Joe and Heather Johnson are the young couple putting on the show. We get everything unloaded and settled in and go up to the arena to chat with everyone while we wait for Clea’s exhibition to come up.

 Brent Puhl was there and as always he has some awesome photos and items that he makes for sale.  If you have not seen some of the frames, award holders, coffee and end tables, or custom made items that he personally makes with USA products with his own hands you should take a look next time you see him.  If you are looking for a great Christmas gift–He has them. Brent is headed to Oklahoma to show case his items at the BFA and to see his son Tyler. Enjoy Brent and Best of Luck to you!

It is getting close to Clea’s time to expo so we take Whitey and Chili out in the back field to get on Whitey and let her get some energy out.  As we are walking around ( I can finally get my foot in the stirrup without too big of an issue) and we see this large hole in the back field that looks like you could lose a truck tire in it. I said to Clea “That looks like a Sid hole”  A Sid hole is a hole dug by The Guido’s dog Sidney. You think we are exaggerating – think again.  Seriously it is still there from September, Dam Dogs!


During exhibition Terri Phillips had a little accident – she is fine – but will be on crutches for a week or so,  Her horse came over on her in the shoot and she hurt her foot.  Terri you are a tough one and we wish you well and a quick recovery for the next show.  Denim you take care of your mommy!

Scott and Renee were at the show to watch Troy run their mare Bella prior to heading to Oklahoma. Renee is out of the scooter and onto one crutch – she will be starting PT this week.  She looked great.  It was so nice to see them both and talk to them for more than a minute.  Renee is so excited to get a puppy out of the next batch –keep in mind we left Kisses at home to avoid a sooner than wanted batch of puppies)- she was to get Becky Johnson’s little Gracie Rae but since she got hurt she passed Gracie Rae onto Becky and will wait for the next little pupper dog.  At one point in the night Clea was on Channing and I was out with her in the warm up pen waiting to get her bands on and saddle tight when Scott came over and started talking.  He was saying how he misses Renee and them being able to be a team (he says, you know like you and Clea) when it comes to things they do around the house.  He was saying about getting Christmas decorations out and it wouldn’t be the same this year without his team mate Renee.  It was so–not just cute–but respectable when he was talking about Renee. Today Renee had a post on FB how much she loves and appreciates Scott.  It was very fitting.

We were talking to Jeff Myers and he was just there to watch as he had a bad knee. We of course ask what happened thinking that something major horse thing happened and he tells us this story of how the female dogs were locked in  the kitchen with a  gate and as he was going into the kitchen, with 2 pizza boxes and a can of pop on top, he stepped over the gate and caught his foot in the it and he bit it falling flat out on the kitchen floor.  Without missing a beat he says “I only lost one piece of pizza.”  We laughed like goof balls as out of the entire story the rest of the night we kept saying : But he only lost one piece   Get better soon Jeff and rest that knee!


This show series was something they had last year and it went well for them so The Johnsons are back this year for another go.  The first thing that you know is this is a show bill to allow people to show though the winter.  This show bill is clean and has a little something for everyone. There are awards at the end of the series that are a bonus for running all the shows.  This year Joe and Heather decided to run the points differently so that all could have a shot at winning no matter what division.  The way this is being done is very smart on their part and shows great initiative for a small but growing show committee.   We appreciate these 2 taking their time and putting their efforts into giving us a place to run in the winter.

Joe and Heather seem to be a young couple who help each other and enjoy the equine part of their live together.  This couple have a 4 and 5 year old that they are riding and doing that well. This is the first we have had the pleasure to meet them both personally, it was our pleasure.  We will look for them in the future as their Winter Series grow each year.

The show moved along really well for the number of exhibitions that put through.  Joe kept the expos going and then was the tractor man while Bruce ran the announcers booth.


Poles would be first to run.  There were some good horses there and as always with WB there is usually a good number in the poles.  A 20.892 would win the class with a 21.2 not far behind.  The boy who won the pole class never set back his entire run and he was riding to win the entire time.  His horse came in as fast as it left the arena.  Next trip Clea and Cracker will get through those poles and leave them all up!  🙂

Warm- Up would run next and then Youth and Open

As we get the horses ready for the Open we are in the barn talking to Katie McGrain–she is watering her horse about 10 stalls up from us.  If you have ever been to WB Ranch you know they have a long hose then entire length of the barn to get water to all the stalls.  We were at the end of the barn that DID NOT have the spigot.  So the 3 of us are walking towards the other end of the barn headed to the arena to see where they are with the class.  Katie has the hose kinked as she is dragging it with her to get to the shut off valve.  I am walking beside her and Clea is about 2 steps behind.  We are all chit chatting and I see out of the corner of my eye–Clea is eyeballing up the hose dragging behind Katie.  I know what is coming and before I can think about warning her or stopping Clea–Yep Clea steps on the traveling hose and Katie is thrown forward and stopped in her tracks.  Short of hitting the floor Clea takes her foot off the hose and Katie says, “Clea why are you so mean to me?!” Clea says, “Oh Katie (laughing evilly) because I love you.”  We all laugh!

The Girls would rock the Ranch this Saturday

Barbie Jimison and CC would show their mojo was back in the grove by winning the Open. Danielle Harropp and her horse were just a mega sec off of Barbie and Katie McGrain and Maggie were hot on both their her heels.  Amanda and Wilma were rolling through a set of cans in the warm up and open and left a set of tracks to following by the next racer.  Man is that Wilma fast!  Stacy Hartman would win the 2D with a beautiful run on her horse.   Sami Bear would lay down a nice run as well.

The woulda coulda run goes to:

Shane Yoder on his big bay horse, U Bug Me Frenchman – I said to Clea as we sat and watched him make his run. “That was a 16.011.” She said, “The hell it was.” I said, “Yes it was look,” she said “Holy crap.” It was beautiful of course with the exception of the downed barrel.  I went over to say WOW nice run–and this horse is huge, its withers were at my forehead. Kelly B was standing there as well and Shane said, “This is the horse Kelly rode all last year and did so well on.” I said, “Oh so that is why he is so talented.” Kelly quickly gave all the credit to Shane for getting the horse to where it is today,  Kelly Bowser you are a class act. 


Kelly and KaliAnne Jones came to the ranch to run around the cans.  It was great to see them and nice to see them make the 4 hour trip.


As I sat in the office waiting for Heather to return so I could get information on the awards and how they were set up, I sat in amazement with how one woman could complain so much about something that is a gift.  As she stood and complained to the office help – (now mind you this office help had nothing to do with this how the awards or show is ran, they are all volunteers to help Joe and Heather) it was all I could do to keep my mouth shut until I knew the entire story. ( I did at one point say, “You really need to calm the hell down, gosh dang ”) – at that point I left the office. J

Anyone who barrel races or pole bends needs to think about ‘the show committees.’ I am not talking about the huge IBRA or the huge NBHA shows that have shows that they make a living on–I am talking about the little gals and guys who put on shows for the love of the sport. They may cover their cost of their fuel to get to the show they are putting on and Maybe just Maybe pay for their arena rental–So to have someone stand and complain about how the show committee is doing things but not have a dime or a hand lifted in it… not cool IMO!


We want to encourage EVERYONE to thank your show committees for all their hard work, time and effort.  Remember these committees are the ones that keep us doing what we love very weekend.



Lisa has the food booth at WB Ranch tasting great.  From breakfast to dinner there is a huge variety of good food.  The gals in the kitchen were hopping this weekend.

On a personal food note – We want to thank Becky Johnson for the homemade veggie soup.  She offered us some at Congress and we never made it over to get it.  Of course when she said she  had veggie soup for us because we did not get any at Congress, Clea said “it isn’t the same soup is it?” Becky said “no you smart ass”  THE SOUP WAS SOOOOOOO GOOD!  Thank you!




WB Ranch – in our opinion – has the most consistent ground and has good ground.  Joe and Heather made sure it is safe and consistent for all riders this weekend.

All in all it was a great weekend and a great show.

We also have the dates for “The 2nd Annual Best of the Best Invitational Charity Barrel Race 2012” on the books for 2012.  This race will be in conjunction with the 1st Annual  On the Road with Dawn and Clea Productions 3 day show.  Watch The Barrel Racing Blog for additional details on the big money added for poles and barrels  September 21- 23, 2012 at WB Ranch!


Next we will be traveling to Henderson Arena or Circle G for the Thanksgiving Weekend show!


As always “get your pet spade or neutered”


Clea & Dawn

On the Road with Dawn and Clea


PS Oh and by the way when we got home Kisses was so glad to see Clet that we will be having puppies in January DAMN IT!   We really need to change our closing line –  As always “get your pet spade or neutered” to If your dog is in heat make sure the TV is off and we are paying attention to the dam dogs”

On the Road with Dawn and Clea (Part 2)

Champion Anne Johnson and Show Me Some Glory

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

Best of the Best in Ohio Barrel Race Videos and Photos

Yikes! I’ve been so swamped at works folks, I’ve been MIA on here lately. And my cohorts on the editorial end have been even busier catching up with everything. Dawn and Clea have been working, running and making some around-the-barn improvements, so we’ve all let you down lately.

We’ll be catching up for sure in the coming weeks, but for now, we’ve got all of your multimedia coverage from the Best of the Best in Ohio Barrel Race! Again, we want to send a huge Thank You! to our awesome sponsors, Greeley Hat Works and Rod’s Western Palace, Rock and Roll Cowgirl and Panhandle Slim, Chick’s Saddlery, Cowboy Militia, G4 Ranch, and everyone who sponsored our Chinese Auction!

Champion Anne Johnson and Show Me Some Glory

Reserve Champion Regan Henning and Story Tellen Flower

Third-place finishers Barbara Jimison and Miss Secret Memories

Highest-placing male, Justin Theado and An Angels Treasure (6th place)

And now, check out their winning runs! First is Anne Johnson.

Here’s second place winner, Regan Henning:

And here’s Barbara Jimison’s third place run:

Henderson’s Arena BBR Barrel Bash – DON’T MISS IT!

Wow, if only I were home this weekend! Henderson’s Arena in Jackson, Ohio, is hosting a Better Barrel Races Barrel Bash (co-approved with the WPRA) with $5,400 in added money PLUS bonus cash and loads of prizes this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is exactly the kind of barrel race we need more of back home, and I’m thrilled that folks have stepped up to put it on.

Henderson’s has always been one of my favorite places to run, and the BBR is one of the best associations going right now. Let’s all hope they co-sanction with some more shows in the area so I can see you at the BBR Finals sometime soon! Plus, my favorite barrel racing ladies at Cowgirl Tuff (yes, this company is founded by barrel racers for barrel racers and these ladies know their stuff!) are throwing in some awesome Cowgirl Tuff prizes.

Here’s the showbill!