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St. Jude Barrel Jam 2021


2021/04/04






Photos by Fessler Photography

The last weekend in February (25-28), 2021 brought a barrel racing fundraising effort for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to the Show Place Arena in Cordova, Tenn. The eighth annual St. Jude Barrel Jam offered $10,000 total added money with the theme “ride for more than braggin’ rights.” Ride for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Sarah Sheehan explained the importance of the fundraiser.

“The annual Barrel Jam at the Agricenter Showplace Arena is an event benefiting the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

“Fundraisers can raise $1000 and earn a custom buckle, or raise $5000 to earn a JHA saddle or a $1000 credit toward a Martin saddle from JHA Tack.  This year two of our $5,000 fundraisers drew names from the list of contestants in the Future Legends class to offer them their choice of a new JHA saddle, or $1,000 gift card.

“Each year the event hosts two auctions, one offering donated stallion breedings, and an onsite silent auction – each with100% of the proceeds benefiting St. Jude. Since 2015, the Barrel Jam for St. Jude has raised over 2 million dollars for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 “Thanks to our volunteer gate crew and barrel setters from Rusty Nails Cowboy Church and Three Trees Cowboy Church for donating their time.

 “Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall survival rate for childhood cancer from 20% when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80% today. Despite all that progress, one in five children in the U.S. who are diagnosed with cancer will not survive.  We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.”

According to the St. Jude fundraising page, the weekend’s event surpassed the goal of $100,000. See the top fundraisers and find out more about the fundraising effort here: https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR;jsessionid=00000000.app20117a?fr_id=129856&pg=entry&NONCE_TOKEN=06E3B1032428A5AFB1EC84102BE45848

Fessler Photography was the official photographer of the show. Find more photos at their website: http://fesslerphotography.net/

Barrel Racing action:
The top barrel racing performers of the weekend played fast and furious with each other. Lindsey Netterville of Woodville, MS on Frenchman’s Rockin won Friday’s Open 5D (14.515), as well as the Adult, besting Fayetteville, TN’s Jimmy Cagle and Victorious Dash (14.724), but with Cagle taking first in Friday’s Master’s division. Billy Hatzman of Cox’s Creek, KY was third in Friday’s Open on Honor Bounds Ghost (14.569), but he would be back with faster times on the other days.  Sierra Waldrep (Lebanon, TN) on Lordy Hez Dashin tied for fourth in Friday’s Open with Madison Hamilton (Jefferson, TX) on Perculatin (14.622), but Sierra also would be back with faster times.

On Saturday, Sierra and Lordy Hez Dashin won the Open with the fastest time of the weekend: 14.350. That put Jimmy Cagle on LibbysontheLabel and Billy Hatzman on Honor Bounds Ghost tied for second place (14.565), with Cagle and his other horse Victorious Dash in fourth (14.604). Lindsey Netterville on Frenchman’s Rockin and Dusty Pike (Caruthersville, MO) on Would B Streakin Lil tied for fifth (14.630).

On Sunday, Hatzman and Honor Bounds Ghost came back to win the Open and the Adult (14.561) with Sunday’s Youth winner Kally Runions (Columbia, TN) in second on Romance Rocks – 14.707. Marne Loosenort (Hazel, KY) took third and fourth places on her horses with just 0.001 second apart! Dash Ta Flip ran in 14.725 and Martinis Midnight clocked in at 14.726. This left Cagle in fifth on LibbysontheLabel (14.737) and in ninth on Victorious Dash (14.747) – only 0.01 seconds apart. Filling in the gaps, Larken Jones (Richmond, KY) on Time on the Money and Regan Roth (Festus, MO) on Esclusive in Heaven) tied for sixth at 14.738, just 0.001 second slower than Cagle. And Kylie Brueggman (Sikeston, MO) and Fames Dash To Vegas squeezed in eighth at 14.745. It was a tight race for the top nine in Sunday’s Masters, with Cagle taking first and second on LibbysontheLable (14.737) and Victorious Dash (14.747).

The weekend’s Youth saw some tough competition, too. On Friday, Madison Hamilton (Jefferson, KY) and Perculatin bested the other 68 entries with 14.622 on the clock. Kally Runions of Columbia, TN and Romance Rocks were second at 14.641. On Saturday, Karissa Hendley (Watertown, TN) took first on Lady Solitude (14.696) and Summer Pauly (Dry Ridge, KY) was second on TJ Whipitladyluck (14.723), leaving Runions and Freckles Sunset Girl in third (14.836).  But on Sunday, Kally Runions was back to take both first and second places, first on Romance Rocks (14.707) and second on Freckles Sunset Girl (14.885).

Find more information and complete results from the show at https://barreljam.com/.

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