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2002/05/09

Gina Wood On A Roll - Wins Two Saddles by Rita Smith Until five years ago, Gina Wood had never ridden a barrel horse. As a child she mostly trail rode with her parents, Roy and Ann Stanfill. She started with a pony and worked her way up to a horse when she was about 11 or 12. She also enjoyed going to the local horse shows where she competed in the pleasure classes. But about five years ago, that all changed when her husband, Randy and youngest son, Cody talked her into running Randy's very powerful barrel horse, STAR. Gina said, "The first time I ran the barrels on her, it like to scared me to death, she just kind of ran around all the barrels really wide. When I got stopped, I handed Randy STAR and said I wasn't ever doing this again." But after thinking about it she changed her mind. And that has turned out to be a really great decision for her. Seven years ago, Gina and Randy bought DOC NO AFFAIRS, "MISSY," as a 4 month old colt. The day they picked up MISSY, she begged the man to sell her a yearling grulla mare named DOC SUGAR BAR FLY, but he wouldn't. Gina said, "every time we went to buy hay from him I would beg him to sell me that grulla colt, and eventually he gave in to my pleas." Both these horses were shown in pleasure for a year before she started them on the barrels. Gina said, " I am really glad I did change their competition, as they have won a lot for me." Since starting to run barrels, Gina has won two saddles in barrels. One at this year's Triple P Winterfest, on SUG and one year before last at Triple P Winterfest, on MISSY. This year she won every Friday night and Saturday show she competed in. Gina broke her foot at a rodeo in Murray, Kentucky in January. When she came running out, SUG fell on her when she hit the concrete in the back where they had only thrown a little bit of sawdust on top of the concrete, which made it slick as glass. She was pretty well skinned up all over, and had a broken bone in her ankle, the same bone she had broke in her other foot three years ago when a horse fell on her. This setback cost her, but she still ended up Reserve Champion in both classes. She also had intentions of trying to make a run for the IPRA Finals, but losing that time when all the big money shows were going on probably stopped her. There is always next year. She also won a saddle in barrels at 1st Choice Arena as high money winner, and a saddle in the Pole Bending at Holly Springs Winterfest. Last year, Gina qualified for two places to go to the NBHA World Show which will be held in Augusta, Georgia, in November. She was the TN 07 Reserve 1-D champion, and also ran her young paint horse, APACHE, along with STAR to win her a spot in the 2-D. Barrel racing is truly a family affair for the Woods, as Gina, Randy and youngest son, Cody, all compete in barrel racing and even in the pole bending. They all qualified for the NBHA World Show. Randy qualified in the 3-D for the NBHA World Show, and Cody will be running at the Youth World in Jackson, Mississippi in July. Gina takes her barrel racing very seriously and will tell you that it takes hard work. She tries to ride every day as well as work a full time job as a Nurse Supervisor at the Henderson County Health Department in Lexington, Tenn. Randy, Gina, and Cody live just north of Reagan, Tenn. where they also enjoy their five grandchildren, Darren, Carley, Samantha, Garret, and Weston, along with their two daughters, Amanda and her husband, Wendell Barker, and Sabrina and her husband, Shannon Burton.

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