April 24, 2018
TN IBRA State Finals
The exciting culmination to Tennessee’s barrel racing season happened at the Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, TN on August 15-16, 2014. The weekend’s action got underway on Friday night at 6 p.m., with the Youth, Masters, and Open races. There were lots of great prizes for the top scorers, a silent auction of desirable items, and vendors showing and selling a variety of tack, jewelry, and services.
A special event at the state show was a casual “come and go” wedding shower for Katie Ellison Brooks and Jamie White on Saturday. There was a decorated “shower” table where folks could stop by and give well wishes to the couple, and enjoy a little cake and refreshments.
Helping out in the office all weekend was Ashley Brooks, who was the 2013 Open 1D Champion on Jane (14.647). In October 2013 she and Jane clocked the fastest time of the entire weekend, over nearly 3500 runs! Ashley is quite a cowgirl; she’s also the two-time Tennessee High School Rodeo All Around Cowgirl and the 2013-2014 High School Barrel Racing Champion. Ashley competes in Team Roping on Ted, and in Breakaway and Goat Tying on her other horse Pirate, appropriately named because he has only one eye. “He’s very special,” she said. Ashley started riding when she was three years old and will likely continue her riding career at UT Martin. The 18-year-old is a graduate of Obion County High School and enters UT Martin as a freshman this Fall.
On August 7th the TN West Points were updated on the IBRA website. The points were so close that it came down to the State IBRA Finals to determine almost very Division Champion. So barrel racers turned out in droves to try to earn those needed points. Friday’s Open had 160 entries, with nearly 50 in Youth and 35 in Masters. The ten-and-under crowd was well represented with ten entries on Saturday. There were 307 in Open, nearly 80 in the Youth, and 77 in the Masters.
Jimmy Cagle of Fayetteville, TN swept the first three places in the Friday Masters, Division 1: on Libby (also in the Friday Open 4D) (15.435), Figure Im Special (15.775), and Dash D Hefa (15.793) respectively. Rae Scott of Franklin, TN on Strictly For Cash (15.498) had to settle for second behind Jimmy Cagle in the Friday Open 4D.
In Friday night’s Youth, Madde Shelton of Fayetteville, TN on Dash Ta Fletch (15.989) eased past Ashley Brooks of South Fulton, TN and Jane (16.063) to win Division 1.
In the Saturday Youth 3D, it was Sara Walker of Livingston, TN on Hez Like No Other (15.576) taking top honors in Division 1, followed by Kelsey Wimberly and Houdini (15.577); third to Rae Scott of Franklin, TN on Buds Affair (15.721); and fourth to Ashley Brooks of South Fulton, TN on Jane (15.733).
In the Saturday Open 4D, Bubby Skimehorn of Springfield, TN on Bayou Fame (15.302) squeaked past Chris Coffey of Glasgow, KY on Streaking Romance (15.330) to take the win. In the Saturday Masters, it was Sara Walker leading the pack on Hez Like No Other (15.576), followed by only a thousandth of a second by Kelsey Wimberly on Houdini (15.577); third to Rae Scott of Franklin, TN on Buds Affair (15.721), and fourth to Ashley Brooks on Jane (15.733).
In the Saturday Masters 3D, Chris Coffey of Glasgow, KY scooped up the first three places: on Streaking Romance (15.330), Famousfireswater Anny (15.421), and Fannys Man of fame (15.446). This time Jimmy Cagle had to settle for fourth place on Dash D Hefa (15.495).
An added bonus at the Finals was a Saturday morning education seminar, with breakfast included, presented by Tennessee Equine Hospital on “Advances in Lameness Diagnosis and Treatments Using MRI.” Using MRI technology to spot lameness problems early, the goal is to help horses keep performing at their best.
The IBRA National Finals will be September 28-October 4, 2014 at the C Bar C Expo Center in Cloverdale, Indiana. The schedule and information is available at: www.ibra.us. Click on the link at the bottom of the page.
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