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Lucky Dog Barrel Race


Article & photos by Nancy Brannon

The culmination of the Lucky Dog 2019 barrel racing series brought fast action to the Show Place Arena in Cordova, Tenn. on the first weekend in December (6-8). This was a Better Barrel Races Double Points/Double Qualifier event, which included the BBR Mid-South X-tra Series Finale on Saturday. The show also included the American Qualifier, and the $10,000 Select Stallion Stakes Bonus Money. There was $9,000 added money in the Open 4D; $6,500 added in the Runnin’ With the Pack Sidepots; $3,000 added BBR X-tra Sidepot; and $200 added in the Pony 4D.

Highlights of the show were the Top 10 American Semi Finals Qualifiers on Saturday, and the fastest time of the weekend was run by Kassie Mowry and Epic Guy - 14.260.

Announcer Lenell Dean was back at the microphone and from Memphis, he was headed to Oklahoma City for the BBR OKC Futurity, December 10-15, 2019 with $115,000 added money. In between announcing jobs, Dean said he’s been working cows every day.

Christy Lewis summarized the weekend’s activities: “The total payout cash was $155,593. Contestants came from 18 states across the U.S. – from Oklahoma and Texas to New York and Florida.”

Friday saw 531 Open entries run the barrels; there were 687 runs on Saturday; and 565 entries on Sunday, making a total of 3,916 entries, including all the sidepots. Saturday night was the American Qualifier with extra festivities to kick of the event: a huge American flag and plenty of pyrotechnics.

Friday’s Open fastest time was scored by Randee Prindle of Gilman City, Missouri riding Red Man Jones: 14.355, winners of the Open 1D.

Friday’s Youth 1D winner: Ali Kate Kelleherof Milledgeville, Georgia on Dis Kat Kin Skat: 14.397

Friday’s Adult 1D winner: Chriatian Shipley of Harviell, Missouri on Zann Man: 14.582

Jimmy Bryant took the top two slots in Friday’s Senior Sidepot: first on Special Chicado (14.642) and second in One Famous Schulz (14.837). Jimmy Cagle of Fayetteville, Tenn. on Dash D Hefa was a close third (14.941).

Friday’s Futurity Sidepot winner was Ceri Ward of Wayne, Oklahoma on I Am Very Unique (14.816); she also placed fourth with Chasin Misty (15. 216). Jimmy Bryant and One Famous Schulz (14.837) were a very close second. Ceri Ward and Hiccup took the Derby Sidepot with a time of 14.657.

Saturday was the big day with 689 runs. Kassie Mowry from Dublin, Texas and Epic Guy had the fastest time in the Open 1D, in the Adult Sidepot,and in the Derby: 14.260. Jimmy Cagle and Victorious Dash were a close second in the Open 1D with a time of 14.546.

Paige Jones of Woodward, Oklahoma and Famous Hayday were nearly as fast in the Youth Sidepot, taking first in 14.288 seconds. Ali Kate Kelleher and Dis Kat Kin Skat were a close second (14.480).

Jimmy Bryant and Jimmy Cagle battled it out in the Senior Sidepot, with Bryant taking first on Special Chicado (14.687) and Cagle taking second on Libbys On The Label with a time of 14.766.

Saturday’s Futurity winner was Dusty Pike of Caruthersville, Missouri on Mr. Cool Eddie (14.825).

Paige Jones on Famous Hayday took the top prize in the Runnin’ With The Pack with a time of 14.288. Randee Prindle and Red Man Jones were a close second (14.479), with Ali Kate Kelleher and Dis Kat Kin Skat just 0.001 seconds slower to put her in third (14.480).

In the BBR X-tra, Kassie Mowry and Epic Guy had the win (14.260), with Paige Jones and Famous Hayday second (14.288) and Kassir Mowry third on her other horse Dashing Canelo (14.415).

Kassie Mowry was the big winner in Saturday evening’s American Semi-Finals Qualifier, taking first and second on Epic Guy (14.260) and Dashing Canelo (14.425), respectively. That brought her $3500 in earnings for the top two placings. The rest of the Top 10 American Semi-Finals Qualifiers were: Langdon Taylor of Aubrey, Texas on Dashin Louie (14.471);  Sara Withers of Paris, Texas on Shoeless Joe Biancus (14.520); Shelby West of Diana, Texas on Sunsugar Peppy (14.523); Kenzie Cook of Barnwell, SC on Flyin Firefly (14.549); Ashley Castleberry of Montgomery, Texas on Dashers Hot Panajet (14.585); Chelsea McFarlin of Royston, Georgia on Firewater Sam (14.600); Sissy Winn of Chapman Ranch, Texas on Flash Red Flame (14.608); and Ashley Castleberry on her other horse Calfee Stormy Dash (14.632). The top seven entries earned cash and the top ten advanced to the Semi Finals.

One of the biggest events in western sports, RFD-TV’s The American Semi-Finals is coming to the Cowtown Coliseum in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. From February 24 through March 1, 2020 the best Rodeo Athletes compete for one last chance to advance to RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo, March 7-8, 2020 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Find more information about The American at:

Sunday was Pony day, with Parker Powers of Lexington, Tenn. and Midnight taking first with a time of 15.898. Addison Davis of Oxford, Miss. and Keebler were second (16.167) and Molly Beth Anglin of Huntsville, Ala. and Beyonce were third (16.341).

In Sunday’s Open 1D, Cayla Small of Wilson, Okla. took top honors on Slick N Black (14.417).

Sunday’s Youth winner was Randi Kervin of Lucedale, Miss. on Heavens Cashin In (14.635).

Abby Phillips of Marshall, Texas on crown Ta Fame was first in the Adult Sidepot (14.538), with Quay Eaves of Louisville, Miss. taking second on HF Really Famous (14.556).

Sunday’s Senior Sidepot winner was Deb Frasier of Dublin, Texas on FR Double D (14.772). Cheryl Ziegler of Coal Hill, Ark. was second with Go Risky Frenchman (14.827), with the Jimmys dominating the rest of the top five. Jimmy Bryant and One Famous Schulz were third (14.928); Jimmy Cagle and Figure Im Special were fourth (14.973) and Cagle was fifth with Dash D Hefa (14.981).

Jimmy Bryant and One Famous Schulz were Sunday’s Futurity Sidepot winners (14.928).

Cayla Small with Slick N Black were Sunday’s Derby Sidepot winners (14.427).

Ashley Phillips on Crown Ta Fame took the win in Sunday’s Runnin’ With the Pack Sidepot (14.538), with Quay Eaves and JF Really Famous finishing in second (14.556).

Results for the weekend, in the Open Average and Runnin’ With the Pack average:

1st: Abby Phillips and Crown Ta Fame (14.6540 avg.)
2nd: Jimmy Cagle and Victorious Dash (14.6635 avg.)

Youth High Money winner for the weekend was Taycie Matthews.

Adult High Money winner for the weekend was Lindsey Netterville

Senior High Money winner for the weekend was Jimmy Bryant

Overall High Money winner for the weekend was Abby Phillips, taking home $4,454.27 and the buckle. Kassie Mowry was the second highest, taking home $3,508.93; Jimmy Cagle was the third highest, with $3,025.49; Randee Prindle was the fourth highest, with $2,984.40; and Taycie Matthews was fifth highest, with $2,961.78. Not bad for a weekend’s show!

Full results of each day and division are posted at the Lucky Dog Productions website:

Fessler Photography captured every run of the weekend. Find your photos on their website:

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