MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 4, 2013

Rain makes statement on some upcoming action

By Rhonda Stewart
Phoenix Rodeo Columnist

— Weather permitting, the Muskogee Round-Up Club will be holding the first jackpot playday of their 2013 season on Saturday, April 13. It was supposed to start Saturday but this week’s rains have rendered the arena too muddy.

Exhibitions will begin at 5:30 p.m., then the leadline class at 6:30 p.m. This year they are adding an open class in each event right after the 18-an-over age group. This class will be open to anyone – any age. There are no points and no series end awards for this class. The cost for the open class is $10 with $7 paid back and $3 going towards series awards for the age-group classes.

All other classes remain the same at $5, with a $5 nomination fee if you want to accumulate points. Be sure and check again on Barrel Horse World or Facebook for status should weather threaten. For more information either give me a call at (918) 869-1498 or call Kenneth Burnes at (918) 441-0067.

 The Coweta Round-Up Club started their six-week series last Monday. The weather was cold, but they had 40 entries – a very good start. The total results can be seen at www.barrelhorseworld.com on the events page. The round-up club has worked a lot on the ground in the arena, having hauled in a lot of dirt. The format is 4D with half second splits and a 5D Incentive. The payout is equal with 80 percent of the $25 entry fee paid back. Exhibitions will run from 6-7:30 p.m. and the jackpot will start at 8 p.m. For more information call Janet Goodson at (918) 798-4293 or Shane Swboni at (918)637-9226.

 Sooner Barrel Racing Association will be running at the Broken Arrow Round-Up Club on Saturday. Exhibitions will start at noon, then the jackpot will start with the peewees at 2 p.m. SBRA is a family oriented association and welcomes even the smallest barrel racers. Leadline is offered in the peewee class. Last year my youngest granddaughter, Exie, was led by my older granddaughter, Rhonda Arline. This year Exie will be competing unassisted on her mare Dolly. So feel free to bring the little ones. Again, if the rain comes in, check either soonerbarrels.com or barrelhorseworld.com to see if SBRA is running or not.

 There will be another Rising Star Barrel Racing Clinic with Vicki Beene on Saturday, April 20, at the Broken Arrow Round-Up Club. Vicki is an excellent instructor with a gift for teaching the young riders. She was Reserve State Barrel Racing Champion in 2010 with Central 4D Barrel Racing Association as well as a three-time top 20 qualifier. Vicki has trained barrel horses for 25 years and has 15 years experience as a riding instructor. The cost for the clinic is $50 with a $5 facility fee. Hours for the clinic will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Attendance will be limited to the first 15 students – ages 3 years of age and up. To enroll or for more clinic information call Vicki at (405) 826-5531. Vicki also gives riding instruction and is taking a few outside horses from basic training to tune-ups. Give her a call!

 Barton Arena Productions and crew will be heading to the Double D Arena in Poteau tomorrow night, books open at 7:15 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. They will offer a #10 with a #8 Incentive Saddle Drawpot, enter one draw one for $40 or draw both, capped at 6E with a $20 prize fee required. A saddle certificate or cash will be awarded to the High Money Winner. There must be 52 ropers to award the saddle certificate. For more information contact Bart at (918)616-9269.

 Farmers’ Almanac best days to trim manes and tails to promote growth: April 12, 13, 17, and 18.

 Have a safe and happy weekend!

Reach Rhonda Stewart with rodeo news or comments at rayandrhon@netzero.net or (918) 869-1498.