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Kudzu Klassic


By SaraBeth Thompson; photos by Nicki Storey
On a rainy Saturday, January 9, 2016 when a lot of equestrian activities are cancelled due to the weather, barrel racing was going fast and furious at the Marshall County Fairgrounds in Holly Springs, Mississippi. This was the fourth installment of the Kudzu Klassic 4-D Barrel Race Series, which began on Halloween 2015. 
Out of 69 riders in the Youth 4D Jackpot, Reagan Adkin on Trick Rancher posted the fastest time of 14.554 to win the 1D. Sara Raziano on Diva won the 2D with a time of 15.148. Taylor Coulter and Kid Rockin was the 3D winner with a time of 15.589. And Eva Daughhetee on Spit Fire rounded out the 4D time of 16.152.
The Buckaroo jackpot drew 14 riders. Winners were: Colten Boyd on Cowboy was the 1D winner with a time of 15.430. The 2D winner was Natalie King on Bandit, rounding the barrels in 16.460 seconds. Kaleigh Wilburn on Boston won the 3D with a time of 17.673.
Thirty three Adult riders vied for the jackpot money, with Heather O’Brien on Falco coming out on top with a time 14.679 for the 1D win. Allison Faries on Dancer won the 2D in 15.212 seconds. Ashley Pilgrim and Kicks were tops in the 3D placings. Emily Harris and Blaze won the 4D.
There were 20 in the Masters class, with Janice Hayes on HH Roll The Dice winning the 1D in 14.515 seconds. Pam Short and Franny won the 2D with a time of 15.168. Leanne Haley on Easily Frenchman were first on 3D with a time of 15.560. And Charlene Williams posted a time of 16.759 on Little Man to take the 4D win.
Competition was tough in the Open, with 85 riders vying for the cash. Once again, Janice Hayes on HH Roll The Dice were on top in 1D with a time of 14.515. Catie Miller on Sparkle won the 2D in 15.181 seconds. In 3D, it was Taylor Gillespie on Dun A Badger taking the win with a time of 15.519. And Bailey Hickerson on Fancy won the 4D with a time of 16.602.
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