Lucky Dog Barrel Races

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Show Summary by Nancy Brannon; Photos by Gary Cox

Lucky Dog Productions brought barrel racing competition back to the Show Place Arena in Cordova, TN on July 31 – August 2, 2020. This show was rescheduled from the May 1-3, 2020 show, postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic. This show was a Kelley Kaminski (KK) Run for Vegas Barrel & Pole Qualifier with $7,000 added in Open 4D, $2500 Runnin’ With the Pack 5D Side-pots, and $100 added each in the Peewee 3D and Pony 3D.

The Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 restrictions were still in effect for this event, and most people were wearing face masks and physically distancing at this event. Lucky Dog organizers made it clear that “masks MUST be worn by every person inside the main arena at all times all weekend with the exception of children under 12 and those on horseback. Security will be enforcing this all weekend in an effort to keep the facility open for future events. Please help us make sure our events continue to happen by following these rules.” Lucky Dog even had their own logo face masks.

The event attracted about 400 riders from 15 states across the region: South Carolina (2), Georgia (1), Florida (4), Alabama (25), Mississippi (83), Louisiana (8), Arkansas (89), Tennessee (134), Kentucky (13), Missouri (32), Illinois (3), Texas (4), Oklahoma (2), Michigan (1), and Maryland (1).

Action got underway Friday afternoon with the $1,000 added Open 4D, but the main events were on Saturday, starting with $100 added Peewee youngsters, followed by the KK Run for Vegas Barrel Qualifier, the $1500 added Open 4D, and the $500 added Open 3D Poles. Youngsters started the action on Sunday with the $100 added Pony 3D, and the show finished with the $2500 added Open 4D. Fessler Photography captured all the fast action. See photos at:

Six young ladies are headed to Las Vegas to compete in the KK Run for Vegas/Junior World Finals. Madison Murphy of North Fort Myers, FL on Flitopepto (14.635) and Avery Wilburn of Red Banks, MS on He B Flyin (14.905) topped the Senior Division in barrels, while Harper Kate Wilburn of Red Banks, MS on Chasin Fire Money (15.224) and Sophia Davis of Festus, MO on Banners Flyin (15.265) topped the Juniors. Jillian Hamrick of Austin, TX on Dakota (21.789) and Emma Young from Ravenna, MI on Roosters Classy Lady (24.500) advanced in Pole Bending. The Las Vegas Junior World Finals in Barrel Racing and Pole Bending will be held December 8-12, 2020.

Elaina McKinney was, once again, a top winner at the two Memphis events (June 26-28 and this one) with two strong finishes. At this event, she was the Open Average Champion, Runnn’ With the Pack Average winner, Saturday Open Division winner, and Sunday Open Division winner on WRS Kool Memories. In addition, she had the 5-Star Fast Time with WRS Kool Memories: 14.252. She now leads the High Money standings with $10,936 earned in just those two events.

Friday’s Open Division 1D and Adult 1D winner was Bailey Belcher of Brooks, KY with Pocket Coin Five (14.591). Friday’s Youth Division winner was Madison Shelton of Fayetteville, TN riding Royal French Jet (14.614). Jimmy Cagle of Fayeetteville, TN on TWR Dash D Hefa won the Friday Senior 1D (14.950). Elaina McKinney won Friday’s Derby on Daddy’s Dollar (14.864).

Saturday’s Peewee 1D winner was Paris Wilburd of Austin, AR on Firewaters Twisted Sister (15.519).

Sunday’s Pony 1D winner was Sheridan Shumpert of Mooreville, MS aboard Penny (15.728).

In Saturday’s Adult division, Dusty Pike of Caruthersville, MO took first and second in the 1D: Wood B Streakin Lil (14.492) and Mr Cool Eddie (14.685); this latter pair also won Saturday’s Futurity. Jimmy Cagle was, again, winner of the Senior 1D, but this time on Libbys On The Label (14.887). He was third with Figure Im Special (15.038) and fifth with TWR Dash D Hefa (15.107). Marne Loosenort of Hazel, KY and Sawyers Frosted Moon won Saturday’s Derby (14.613).

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