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Battle In the Saddle


Friday Open 1D winners Kindyl Scruggs and Blue.

Saturday Open 1D winners Lesa Micci and Easy with a Twist.

Sunday Open 1D winners Katie Hancock and Bear Bottom Ole.
Article by: Tootie Trouy
Photos by: Carlyon Photography

Safe Harbor of Memphis: A Church of Refuge focuses on the rehabilitation of homeless men in the west Tennessee area by “reaching people at their lowest through the power of the highest.” Through their Nehemiah Program, the mission works with program participants to help them regain their strength and give them the tools to live a successful and productive life after leaving the program. Some of these tools include employment skills, money management, and fatherhood development. This is a program that pulls men off of the streets, gives them back their purpose in life and develops them into contributing members of society once more. This is a program that saves lives.

Battle in the Saddle show director Kenny Lane has worked for Safe Harbor for nearly ten years. When the need arose for new bathroom showers to be constructed for program participants, Lane felt called to find a solution. He explained, “When you work for an organization that touches so many different lives you start looking for ways to help them even more.” Fortunately, Lane and Brad Bowie, president of Lighthouse Mission Ministries, are both barrel racing dads; their daughters are avid competitors.  They put their heads together and developed the Battle in the Saddle Barrel Race as a way to raise money for the mission they both care for. The event was held at the Shelby Showplace Arena in Memphis, TN and ran from June 28 through June 30. With $5000 added money, the show drew more than 600 entries from all over the Mid-South. “We really want everyone to know how much we appreciate them competing and getting involved with our program,” Lane stated. Through Lane's experience as an NBHA director and Bowie's community connections, the show proved a great success paying out $35,000 and raising over $18,000 for their cause.

Added money and generosity were not the only things at an all time high during the Battle in the Saddle. The competition was fierce! Clocking the fastest time of the weekend, Kindyl Scruggs and her blue roan, Drift By Buck, or Blue, stopped the clock with a 14.630 in Friday night's Open. Scruggs hauled to Lane's show on Friday night expecting a great show in which to get some practice for upcoming rodeos. “The run was a confidence booster for sure because it wasn't perfect. I got by my first and made it up on my second and third,” remarked Scruggs about her winning run. “It was a great show and paid well!” she concluded. Taking home the top spot in Saturday's Open was Lesa Micci on Easy With a Twist, while Katie Hancock and Bear Bottom Ole were the ones to beat on Sunday. For full show results, visit Battle in the Saddle on Facebook.

The Battle in the Saddle for Safe Harbor Memphis was so successful, that more events are in the works for next year.    Lane explains, “2014 is going to be even more exciting with 3 shows already booked. They will help Safe Harbor of Nashville, Safe Harbor of Little Rock, and Safe Harbor of Memphis and our Women's Program called Fresh Start, which helps pregnant women who have become homeless.” For future show dates and information on Safe Harbor Memphis, visit
Photo Captions:
Battle1: Friday Open 1D winners Kindyl Scruggs and Blue.
Battle2: Saturday Open 1D winners Lesa Micci and Easy with a Twist.
Battle3: Sunday Open 1D winners Katie Hancock and Bear Bottom Ole.

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