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Dynamite Barrel Race


Article & photos by Nancy Brannon

The Shelby Show Place Arena was action packed on the first weekend of Memphis in May with the Dynamite Barrel Races, May 1-3, 2015. Over three days the show hosted between 800-900 entries. Grant Patterson and Blue Ribbon Brownie were the big winners over the weekend, taking the Friday Open 1D Championship, the Saturday Open 1D Championship, and the Future Fortunes 1D Championship, as well as the Adult 1D winner. He did leave one prize for someone else: Megan Jamerson and Deep Laughing were the Sunday Open 1D Champions.

Friday’s evening’s action started with the Open 4D Barrels with $500 added. Grant Patterson and Blue Ribbon Brownie, of Chapel Hill, TN won the 1D with a time of 14.857. Watkins Rye, riding A Gold Pass, of Lawrenceburg, TN won the 2D with a time of 15.378. Casey Wyatt, of Poplar Bluff, MO on Redhot Chili Chester, took home top prize in 3D with a fast time of 15.929. Karen Anderson of Jonesboro, AR on VF Polished Stone rounded out the winners to take the 4D with 16.865.

Saturday afternoon’s competition began with the small tyke racers – the 12 and under crowd. Maggie Thompson of McEwen, TN was on Air as she rounded the barrels in 15.751 for top prize in the 1D. Lucy Denton of Crenshaw, MS, riding Olenas Smart Star, won the 2D with a time of 16.948. Brently Dowdy of Martin, TN and Robin rounded out the winners in 3D with 17.950 on the clock.

The Open 4D Barrels had higher stakes on Saturday: $1500 added. Grant Patterson and Blue Ribbon Brownie were again the 1D winners, stopping the clock at 14.658, beating his own time from Friday. Coyote Run favorite, Travis Childress and VF Famous Chrissy of Mason, TN, won the 2D in 15.158 seconds. Pam Short, of Falkner, MS on Two Town Red, won 3D with a time of 15.672. The 4D winners were Brooks Rowland and Mavers of Star City, AR with a time of 16.673.

After the Open, the Youth 3D Barrels, ages 18 and under, took the arena by storm. Ashley Brooks and Jane, of South Fulton, TN, led the way, taking the 1D win in 15.142 seconds. Millington, TN rider Daylee Barrom and Steele’s City Feet took the 2D prize in 16.248 seconds. The 3D win went to Shelbie Barton of Hernando, MS riding Bubs nu Acre in 17.212 seconds.

Saturday’s finale was the Adult 3D Sidepot, $500 added. Grant Patterson and Blue Ribbon Brownie were again the 1D winners with their 14.658-second ride. Cindy Robbins and Chesters Easy Kiss, of Jackson, MO, won the 2D with their time of 15.763. Brooks Rowland and Mavers took the 3D prize with 16.673 seconds.

The top prize of the day was $10,000 bonus money for Future Fortunes Horses. Grant Patterson and Blue Ribbon Brownie were top 1D Future Fortunes riders with 14.658. Megan Jamerson, of Murray, KY, and SF Fired Up N French took the 2D in 15.191 seconds. Rick Oeder, of Royal, AR, and JR Famed Money were tops in 3D with 15.751 seconds on the clock. Rhonda Ratterree of Star City, AR rode Some Perks Bug Me in 16.202 to take the 4D prize.

Sunday started early and quietly with the Church Service at 8:00 am. Then it was on to the fast action with the Open 4D Barrels, $1500 added. Megan Jamerson of Murray, KY and Deep Laughing won the 1D in 14.748 seconds. Jayma Jo Shomaker of McKenzie, TN was just a few seconds off for second on SF ItsEZ BN French (14.803). Angela Moore, of Scottsville, KY, and Frenchmoon Gal won the 2D in 15.248 seconds. Teresa Persons, of Poplar Bluff, MO, and Runnin On The Rocks took 3D in 15.751 seconds. And Sherri Surman, of Senatobia, MS, riding Goose won the 4D in 17.765 seconds.

The Dynamite Barrel Races will back at the Show Place Arena in Memphis, TN on September 18-20, 2015.

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