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Dynamite Barrel Race


By Katie Jones

Competitors at the Dynamite Barrel Race, held at the Show Place Arena, Memphis, TN on the weekend of September 19-21, 2014, found it impossible to beat Elaina McKinney and her fast horse WRS Cool Memories. The thirteen-year-old barrel racer from Carbondale, Illinois was the fastest girl in town, winning every 1D race in the Open and Youth over the entire weekend. She was first in Friday’s Open 1D, running the pattern in 14.573 seconds. She was first in Saturday’s Open, with a slightly slower time of 14.742 seconds. Coming back on Sunday, she was even faster in the Open 1D, with a blazing 14.518 seconds – the fastest time of the show! With that speed, only one other rider made the 1D: Katie Brown of Waverly, TN, completing the round in 14.837 seconds on Red Makers Flit.

Youth Winners from the weekend were, again, Elaina McKinney and Cool Memories, winning the 1D in 14.742 seconds.Briana Wilson topped the 2D on Hancock Smokes A Lot in 15.855 seconds. Katelynn Pass and Ginger won the 3D with a time of 16.782 seconds.

The Adult winners for the weekend were Andi Anderson of Bartlett, TN, taking the 1D on Regers Scat Cat in 14.883 seconds. 2D winner was Megan Crow of Kingston Springs, TN on Jacks Little Starlet, with 15.822; and Stephanie Smithart of Somerville, TN won the 3D on Pacific Six Pac in 16.799 seconds. Adult Sidepot winners were awarded a custom fire pit.

The Average award winners were determined by combining runs from the Dynamite Barrel Race in March and September, 2014. The Average award winners were: 1D - Amber Mostoller of Murray, KY on JTD Ryans Lady Luck; 2D - Kelly Swire on Bettin and Your Bottom Bug of McEwen, TN; 3D - Lucy Blankenship and Neals Go Boy of West Memphis, AR; and 4D - Kylie Bauer of Lavina, TN on MFR Solid And Easy. Average winners were presented trophy buckles.

Opening ceremonies for the show were performed by the Weakley County 4-H Drill Team. Total payout for the event was an impressive $29,793.

About Elaina: Since becoming a team only four months ago, Elaina and her grandfather's horse WRS Cool Memories have been making a name for themselves in the barrel horse world. The pair have had numerous wins at BBR shows, and even won a round with the fastest time at the NBHA Youth World Championships in Perry, GA. Elaina's father, Rick McKinney, says she is also straight A student. The family plans to hauling the team to more barrel races this year, including traveling to Cloverdale, Indiana for the IBRA World Championships, and to the NBHA World Championships in Perry, Georgia. Elaina also competes in the 1D with her other horse, Driftin Shirley.

Six-year-old, Cool Memories, a son of Royal Quick Dash, is owned and trained by Elaina's grandfather, Bob McKinney. Last year Bob, 78, was the reserve National IBRA Champion aboard the gelding.

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