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2002/02/05

NBHA TN State Championships--One Of The Highest Paying Barrel Races In The Area by Sherri Cupples The 2001 NBHA State Championships, held in Martin, TN paid out over $24,000 in cash and $7,000 in awards. Saddles were given away to each divisional winner in the open and the youth. With a $11,900 added the show drew record entries. The senior class drew records entries with $1,500 added to their class alone. Not a bad payday for one run. The plans for the 2002 State Championships is to up the added money to $15,000 or more. With entries remaining the same that would make the payout in excess of $30,000. Once again it will be held at the Ag Pavilion at UT Martin, Martin, TN in October 2002. The plans are to give away Gist buckles to the 1st place go around winners in each division each day in the Open race and possibly in the Youth and saddles for 1st place in the Finals run of the open and the youth. If you have never been in the Ag Pavilion at UT Martin, it is one of the best facilities in the state. The arena is very nice and the ground is exceptional. It is heated and very well lit. The stall barn is very nice and kept very clean. It is fully enclosed. It has 2 wash racks with 4 stations in each, with hot and cold water. Showers are also available for the two legged animals. The State of Tennessee just seems to keep growing and becoming one of the best areas to barrel race. If you want to run on good ground, with well organized show promoters, and with wonderful people it is the place to be. NBHA sanctioned events are held all throughout the state all year long. The only requirement to qualify for the State Championships are: be a current member of NBHA in the state of TN, run in at least three sanctioned events prior to the championships, and you must have not competed in any other state championship in the present year. There are many rewards of becoming an NBHA member. It gives a chance to many people who are just learning the sport of barrel racing to compete and win prize money, earn points towards the World Shows, compete in State Championships and Regional Championships, and also compete at the district level for year end awards. So whether you are a avid barrel racer or just a beginner, you will be able to enjoy the sport, be able to achieve individual goals and have a wonderful time enjoying what we all love. If you are not a current member of NBHA and think you would like to join, or if you are a member of another state, you may contact one of the district directors or myself. We would be happy to talk with you. Sherri Cupples, TN State Director, Dyer, TN, 731/692-3131, Jamie White, TN-01, Trenton, TN, 731/855-3507, Donna Wheeling, TN-02 Murfreesboro, TN, 615/904-7834, Neysa Logan, TN-03, Hermitage, TN, 615/883-3210, Teresa Trewhella, TN-04, 423/332-1126, Victoria Swindle, TN-05, Moscow, TN, 901/465-0655, Sharon McBee, TN-06, New Tazewell, TN, 423/626-9834, or Rita Smith, TN-07, Sardis, TN, 731/858-2408. Or if you have access to the internet you may go to www.nbha.com and see where district lines are, when sanctioned events are and much more.

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