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From Zero to Win


Andy Wilks of Boaz, AL on Zeros Josey Jet, the high money champion at Heart of Dixie Barrel Wars Finale.
By Melanie Lyell

On November 14-16, 2014 at the Morgan County Celebration in Priceville, AL, the Diamond L Productions Heart of Dixie Barrel Wars was in full swing. Despite the cold temperatures the arena was smoking hot with the riders and their blazing mounts.

Friday night set the pace with Jimmy Cagle on Figure I’m Special taking the win with a time of 15.299 seconds for a paycheck of $455. His wife, Jamie, was hot on his heels with 15.384 seconds on her great horse, Holy Chic Magnet. Shelley Kennemer won the 2D in 15.810 seconds on Sweet Tart, Jamie Cagle took the 3D win on Alabama Streaker with a time of 16.310 and Madison Fulcher on Flit Fly Magnolia locked the 4D win. The first night proved that the race would be a tight one throughout the weekend.

Justin Stubblefield of Grant, AL rode TWR She Steel Famo to win the Young Gun’s class on Saturday posting a time of 15.465 seconds. Courtney Allen won the 2D on Mommas Spendin Cash & Elizabeth Akins swept the 3D win on Dash Ta Cooper.

The Open class yielded 158 riders who were all gunning for the win. Zeros Josey Jet carried Andy Wilks to the top of the leaderboard posting a fast 14.816 seconds. Their time held the top spot and put $612 in their pockets. Tylynn Register on Firewaters Bad Boy followed closely with a time of 14.984. Jamie Cagle and Holy Chic Magnet added another $524 to their winnings with their 15.316 fast time, clinching the 2D. Niki Shanks & Bo won the 3D with 15.816 and Corey Adkins aboard Renegade Fame took the 4D win.

The first “Glow Race” followed the Open Barrels and Open Poles. The excitement and anticipation was definitely felt through the arena and barns as contestants prepared themselves and their horses for their glowing debut. Cherie Graham and Vegas lit up the darkness with a fast time of 15.932, which carried them to the pay window for their win against the 24 other riders. Morgan Todd took “best dressed” on her horse Jerry. They were glowing from head to toe with balloons, wigs and their own special glow stick designs.

Eli Black and Foxy held nothing back in the Young Guns class Sunday. Their 16.089 was fast enough to win the 1D and set them up to win the 1D Average for the Young Guns Class. Case Creson of Fayetteville, TN rode Cracker Jack to the 2D win, and Emma DeLorme and The Diamond Princess won the 3D.

Sunday’s race was nothing short of nail biting. Like any barrel race, the leaderboard changed quite a few times until Andy Wilks and Zeros Josey Jet entered the arena. Their flawless run put them on the top again with a fast 14.910 seconds, which held until the end. Tiffany Deal from Dickson, TN and her horse GR Dashing Magnolia left no room to be bumped with their time of 15.411, which won them the 2D. Lacey Scott and Perks Her Eye Out took home the 3D win, and Anna Taylor and Sid won the 4D with their 16.927.

Average Winners for the weekend were: 1D – Andy Wilks and Zeros Josey Jet; 2D – Ryan Johnson and Cloudy; 3D – Lesley Bethune and Lizzie; and 4D – Karena Carter and Peppy Bojangles.

The Heart of Dixie Barrel Wars Series Champions for the year won a gorgeous saddle made by ProRider Saddles (Jeremy & Lesley Bethune). Saddle Winners were: 1D – Alexandria Skipworth, 2D – Ryan Johnson, 3D – Andy Blalock, and 4D – Zoe McNiese.

The Morgan County Celebration Arena staff deserve a big thank for all of their help. We always look forward to our visits there because the staff goes “above and beyond” to make sure our needs are met. Thank you to all of our sponsors for 2014, the vendors who came out with their great products, Priceless Photos for snapping the great moments of each run, Roger Strange for blessing us and sharing the word of the Lord, and to each contestant that came to the Diamond L Productions shows in 2014.

Looking forward to 2015 Diamond L Production’s first show is February 27 – March 1, 2015 at the Agricenter Showplace Arena in Memphis, TN. “Barrels of Hope” will have $10,000 added, with proceeds going to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. There will also be a Crayola “Color Me Happy” crayon drive; there will be a donation station set up for new boxes of crayons that will be donated to St Jude for the special young HEROES there. Bring one box or bring 100; they will all be appreciated.

For more information about Diamond L Productions visit www.diamondlproductionsllc.comor find us on Facebook!

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