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Bulls, Barrels, and Roping Extravaganza


Brad Hart organized a rip-roaring Fourth of July weekend event at the Double R Ranch Arena, Barton, MS, July 4-6, 2014.

Friday evening’s event started with a Crawfish Boil dinner provided by Crawfish Cabin. The enthusiastic crowd got a wild evening’s performance of professional Bull Riding and Barrel Racing, then enjoyed live music by the Eddie Smith Band.

After dumping his cowboy, one particularly ornery bull didn’t want to return to the pen and was giving the bull fighters and hazers a hard time. Solution? Bring in the dogs! Two small cross-bred heelers: a brindle and a merle. They ran the bull around some more, sending him to the other end of the arena, all the while looking to their handler for instructions. They finally figured out where they needed to put the bull and sent him there. The bull was quite annoyed!
Saturday was Professional Barrel Racing, with music provided by the Nick Garrison Band and Sunday was Professional Team Roping. There was $3,000 added money for the weekend’s competitiors, and vendors included Van’s Leather Craft of Byhalia, MS. Organizer Brad Hart plans to make this an annual affair.

First place winners were:
Friday Barrels: Angela Hudson                              
Friday Bulls:  Caleb Kelly
Saturday Open Barrels: 1D Angela Hudson, 2D Courtney Shumpert, 3D Terry Fuller, Nacayla Loftin
Adult Barrels: 1D Mary Pilgrim, 2D Tisha Twisdale, 3D Courtney Shumpert,
Youth Barrels: 1D Morgan Wethington, 2D Jordan Archer, 3D Ali Reese Prince
 Buckaroo:  Layni Odom                                         
 PeeWee:  Natalie Lofton
Sunday Team Roping:
#12 Class, Dan Twisdale and Skip McGill
#10 Class: Joe Porch and Eddie Stafford      
#8 Class: Chris Kolb and Phillip Lewis

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