Live The Hope Barrel Race

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On May 14, 2016 the Showplace Arena in Memphis, TN was rockin’ with fast action and positive attitudes at the Live The Hope Barrel Race. This event was produced by Rafter H Cowboy Church as community service to the barrel racing community and as a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Through a special offering, the Rafter H church family raised $1,800 for added money.  There were no processing or late fees and all races paid back 100% of entry fees.  The total payout in the Open class was $8,025. All net proceeds were donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Rafter H Cowboy Church was able to send $1,010 to St. Jude.

Rafter H also conducted a raffle during the day.  Donated items included a handmade rope basket (Gould Ropin’ Horses), a hand-tooled leather bronc halter (Stan Hopper), a horse spa treatment (Finish Line Farms, LLC), two handmade wreaths (Lesa Grace), a painting (Tracy Green-Bella G Designs), and shirt or hat gift certificates (SY Wilson Company).  Rafter H Cowboy Church provided a Walmart gift card, three engraved YETI tumblers and a YETI cooler.  Event T-shirts were also available.

The Open, Adult and Youth classes were IBRA west Tennessee and Mississippi sanctioned.  There were 168 entries in the Open division with contestants from Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and South Carolina.

The Adult division drew 45 entries, with Casey Peart of Cross Plains, TN, riding Packin French Socks, taking the 1D win in 15.033 seconds. Mackenzie Gass of Jackson, MO, on Speedy, won the 2D, with 16.049 seconds on the clock. Elizabeth Smiley of Memphis, TN, on Turp, had the best time for the 3D win – 17.844 seconds.

The Open division had by far the most entries: 168. Elaina McKinney of Carbondale, IL, riding Cool Memories, won the Open 1D in 14.660 seconds. Ashley Brooks of South Fulton, MO, on Jane, had the best time for the 2D win: 15.207 seconds. Shaunnah Thompson of Crawfordsville, AR, on Charming Selection, was tops in the 3D with 15.648 seconds.

The Youth Division attracted 45 entries, with Elaina McKinney and Cool Memories, again, taking the 1D win in 14.660 seconds. Jaisey Pettigo of Marietta, MS, on Hesa Jettin Bug, won the 2D with 15.736 on the clock. Allison Cratin of Holly Springs, MS rode Rickys Two Sox to the 3D win in 16.698 seconds.

Rafter H Cowboy Church is located at 7720 Highway 64, Oakland, TN.  Live The Hope is the Motto/Mission Statement of Rafter H, and the letter 'H' in the Rafter H symbolizes the Hope. Rafter H is not limited to cowboys and cowgirls.  The pastor of Rafter H is J Mark Wilson, who is also a bullfighter, known for his work at many rodeo and bull riding events in the Mid-South.

For more information about Rafter H, visit or the Rafter H Cowboy Church on Facebook.  More information and full race results from the barrel race can be found on the Live The Hope Barrel Race Facebook page.

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