The Best Little Panty Raid in Ohio

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It’s been a while, I know I know. Things are nuts, and I know that’s what I always say, but, seeeeeeriously… not kidding.

I just wanted to stop by and remind y’all to catch the Best Little Panty Raid in Ohio that On the Road with Dawn and Clea are producing! It’s going to be TOPS. If you can’t be at the Champions Center to enter up yourself, catch it online here.

Dawn and Clea have put up TONS of cash and prizes, not to mention one BAD-A Cactus Saddle that my lovely friend Cherie designed for us!

This show is to raise money for our September show, and we can’t wait to tell you about all the awesome sponsors who are back on board with us for 2013, and the NEW sponsors who are signing up by the day.

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Benefit for Chardon Healing Fund at Blue Lakes Farms April 28

WOW have there been a ton of races to go to lately or what?! I’m jealous I’m not in Ohio or Pennsylvania to soak up the fun like you all are. (Because Lord knows FUN is the only thing you’ve been soaking up lately… I hear your weather has been rough! Ok, maybe y’all were soaking up some blue juice or purple juice or whatever it is that Shug and Sarah and Guido keep around.)

Anyways, I want to let you know about a great barrel race for a really great cause. The folks at Blue Lakes Arena in Newbury, Ohio, are hosting a $350 NBHA-sanctioned show to benefit the Chardon Healing Fund. I received this note from Amy Snyder on her race:

On 2/27/12, tragedy hit NE Ohio at Chardon High School as you know NBHA is made up of districts, Geauga County is the heart of my district where Chardon is located.  This shooting has affected a lot of my members, especially my youth members, and they came together and wanted to take our first show and turn it into a fundraiser. 
We will be having Krystal Dyer singing Amazing Grace at 1 p.m. before our cake walk, we are having a lot of the general public along with barrel racers supporting this event. It is open to the public. During the day we will be having a silent auction in our lobby, we have some great items already donated by Bar N LLC, Need for Bling, Cowgirls are Forever, Big Dee’s, Tommy’s Jerky,  All American Car Wash, Winking Lizard, Cortland Western Reserve COOP, True Belue Kristine Nagy and many more I don’t even know about at this time. 
I want to make sure everyone knows about this, so you can all attend if you’re around for this great cause.

Here’s the showbill:

An added note: the idea of running for $250 added in an open class with only a $20 EF boggles my little mind. Almost every $200 jackpot sanctioned here in Colorado by our main association has a $47 entree fee with a $5 office fee. Y’all are barrel racing on the CHEAP and I’m WAY jealous!

Win Justin Bent Rail Boots from Langston’s Western Wear

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

Who doesn’t want a free pair of Justin Bent Rail Boots from Langston’s Western Wear? If you don’t, I’m pretty sure we aren’t friends and you probably aren’t reading this post anyways. So, read on to find out how you can win them : )

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.)

So, you can win a pair of Women’s Justin Bent Rail Boots or Men’s Justin Bent Rail Boots from Langston’s Western Wear simply by following these very simple instructions! We’ll randomly select one winner on Wednesday at 3 p.m. MST, so get to commenting if you want a pair of rockin’ boots!

…But one more thing. Even if you don’t win, we want to hook you up anyways. Head over to Langston’s Western Wear and use coupon code goround to save 15% on any order over $50, just for being a loyal reader of The Barrel Racing Blog. You’ve got to use that by April 11, so get shopping.



The Best of the Best in Ohio Barrel Race Showbill and Qualifying Info

It’s here it’s here! I’ve been a slacker lately and haven’t had much time for anything other than work work work, but I’ve got plenty to give you now! Here’s all of the info on The Best of the Best in Ohio Barrel Race and our three-day weekend barrel race and pole bending this September.

This year we’re doing the qualifying a LITTLE differently, and we want you to be sure to get your 1D placing in to be eligible to enter The Best of the Best. Make sure you head to the MVP show to try to get qualified.



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!

ON THE INJURED RESERVE

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!

THE SHOW

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.

TALENT AT THE SHOW

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.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

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.

 

THE FOOD

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!

 

 

THE GROUND

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 from the Congress

Hello Columbus Ohio!

Well here we are 2 a.m. We are back in Columbus AGAIN for the 2nd time on this cold Tuesday night  (now Wednesday morning).

So we are thinking is we will be able to park about where we were last year, as this is a great place for the dogs and it is a little quieter etc… Well as we roll into the fairgrounds and stop at the stall office–where the pleasant people are–we find out that they have made changes this year and we can be in tents 1-7 but not the barns… Being the law breakers we are–break in the law break in the law…(oK that was a Bevis and Butthead throw back phrase)–we figure well we will at least look in the barns and see if we have someplace to park! That is a negatory! So we walk about 35 minutes deciding where we want to have the horses and then yes WHERE TO PARK THE BIG RIG!

It’s about 2:45 a.m. There are some people getting their steeds out to get them in the arena for a bit before the break of day. We start the hunt for the dreaded Congress stalls. You know findingfour stalls that have a minimal amount of poop and a huge amount of sawdust.. that you paid $150.00 for to stay 3 days!  Just a Reason to LOVE CONGRESS.

So we find a spot to park and we start to back into the spot, but we have to watch the tree on the left and the cement sidewalk blockers on the right.  Well let’s just say although the Dear Baby Jesus Prayer worked as we didn’t ruin anything but we did have to readjust that parking spot. At one point Clea says, “Can you move those cement things…?” I grab it like it is a piece of paper and get ready to move it and it does not budge.  I looked right at her and said, “AHHHH NO.”  We laugh and we both know we are so tired but we get the rig in without killing each other or anyone else, and it is now 4:30 a.m. and we are ready to drop. The dogs get out and we all get back in the trailer and hit the hay.

So Wednesday morning would bring a little drizzle and us getting up and about only to get numbers, checked in and then a nap of course for the day… Oh my we were exhausted.  We decide we are going to walk up to the store just outside the fair grounds to get ice then Becky Johnson to the rescue.  She said, “Take the golf cart.” So we roll on up to get the ice, and last I remember we were at Becky’s trailer and she was giving me a Sneaky Pete!  Let this gal tell you if you ever get a Sneaky Pete from Becky you may loose a little time the night you drink it. I lost about 3 hours but I will tell you I must have had fun, everyone the next day said I had a blast. Thank you Becky for the drink and the golf cart.

Kelly Bowser, I don’t think that I was really going to jump from the golf cart and on top of you like a spider monkey. Jesse Meeks I still do love your hair. Joel Henning well Joel at least you didn’t have to pay for the dance. Brad and Ryan what can I say! Cody Powell and Mikalya Conklin I am glad I could be your source of entertainment! LOL  I think I had fun.  Oh and to our Woot Woot neighbors thanks for being so fun.

Clea and I ran each day and although we both walked away with medallions we both were a little disappointed with ground over all. We all know that Congress is what it is and we all keep going back so we can only hope that next year if the same people are doing the ground they will learn from the 2011 year at Congress.

Matt and Becky Payne, Helen Chambers (Giddy Up), Becky Johnson and Hubby, Josh and Crystal, Shuggie, The Bouchers, Sara, Mari, The Meeks, The Shirey’s, The Whitesels, The Hennings, Doc Guery and his family and all the rest of the great people at Congress always makes the week in Columbus, Ohio worth going.

Chelsea had some great interviews with some of the contestants and we had great fun with a lot of friends at Congress.

We did want to say Thank You to the medic and all the people who helped get me out of the arena after Golden Boy bit the dust. Mari Beth Guido you are the best. Not only for trying to jump a 6 foot fence when you are 5 foot tall but for just being you. (Editor’s note: Hahahahaha.) Clea and I love you and thank you!

So Chels we have another blog following this that is the norm.  We are back on the road and cant wait to get to the next show.

As Always – Remember those pets  Let’s not over populate.

“On the Road with Dawn and Clea”

Clea and Dawn

On the Road with Dawn and Clea (Catch Up!)

The ladies have much to catch up on after a few months off (“off” sounds like they’ve been slacking, but that’s not the case). Check back throughout the week to get the full story, and for now, here’s part one!

‘Bout damn time huh!?

Seems like forever since we’ve been writing on the blog between getting ready for The Best of the Best and all the stuff after The Best of the Best that we finally finished the following.

We were at Vail Meadows in September as it was Stacy Hartman show, and because she allowed us to piggyback The Best the Best on her show Sept. 30, we definitely wanted to support her other shows. We sold Kisses and Clet’s puppies at Vail Meadows. I cried like a baby! But they all have great homes and we are happy about that!

The next weekend found us at the Hollow in Wooster, Ohio, at the “Wayne County Saddle Club.” Christine Scott and her sidekick Bob put on a great show; if you haven’t been to Wooster for a while by next year the ground should be awesome. They’ve done a lot of work to the ground and put countless hours in to the club grounds. It’s definitely worth going if you like a big outdoor pen. For those of you who used to run at Wooster and run the wee hours of the morning, I think that’s a possibility to have “that-days-gone-by  show” there again. It brought out a lot of different people, and they Calcutta’d which was something you don’t see to often.

Chase Marshall graced us with his presence. During his run going to the first barrel, we were screaming “All the way, all the way!” Sure enough he went all the way to the fence, and he came out laughing. We said, “Have you been schooling your horse to get past the first?” With a chuckle, he said, “Yes…” We say, “You are the first man who ever listened to us!”

Chris and Bob did a great job at the show and had a nice turn out. With all the hard work it should be a great place to show and bring back all the cowboys and cowgirls who used to run there. Keep an eye out for shows there in 2012.

The following day after Wooster we went to Simmons Equestrian Center. It was nice to see some old faces and visit a little with people we don’t see that often. We sold Homer so we delivered him to Lora White. Clea hated that horse LOL Melissa Kelly was there too I loved seeing her. She was asking about The Best of the Best and how that was going. Mari Guido was selling some of our T-shirts to help with The Best of the Best which we thank you so much Mari. It was a really good weekend. No to much traveling and home each night! Sometimes those weekends are great ones.

Next would be The Best of the Best weekend. Oh wait we went to Oklahoma for a weekend. We were headed to Jud Little’s for his barrel bash but with The Best of the Best weekend after being in Oklahoma we decided to leave the horses at home, bypass the Barrel Bash and just head to Oklahoma to pic up our new little gal “Classic High Hope.” We visited with a couple friends, got to see the quarter horse races and then headed on home. It was a good trip and honestly we now say, “Oh hell we can just run down to Oklahoma and pick that horse up!” LOL

Check back tomorrow for more on The Best of the Best!