Lucky Dog Barrel Race

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Article and photos by Nancy Brannon

Lucky Dog Productions hauled their semi-trailer to the Show Place Arena in Cordova, Tenn. on Mother’s Day weekend (May 6-9, 2021) for the third event of their 2021 barrel racing season. The event featured the Breeders Challenge qualifier (#3 out of 4); $10,000 added Futurity; $7,000 Open 4D; $1,000 added Derby; and $2,500 Pack 5D. According to show personnel, the event attracted 419 contestants from 20 states around the area. Fessler Photography was official photographer for the show, and favorite announcer Lenell Dean was back calling the runs.

Tennessee Equine Hospital staff were on hand to handle any veterinary issues, and Dr. Monty McInturff, owner of TEH, was personally handling some of the equine veterinary care.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies were out in force, too, with three stationed in the indoor arena and two others parked in the driveway to monitor outdoor activities. One deputy told me that they were on site to try to prevent thefts from the trailers.

Top winners:

Derby first go winner was Maggie Carter of DeKalb, TX on Tres Leche (14.601). Jaylie Matthews of Wynne, AR on Feelin Heavenly won the second go (14.355), and Kassie Mowry of Dublin, TX on Famous Ladies Man won the Derby Average.

Futurity first go and Futurity Average winner: Craig Brooks of Eastanollee, GA on Im So Sway (14.432). Taylor Carver of Broxton, GA was first in the Futurity second go on Miss Rare Perks (14.675).

Twenty-five youngsters entered Saturday’s PeeWee races, with Haylie Hunt of Fredonia, KY and Athena taking first in the 1D (15.379).

In the Open division, Craig Brooks and Im So Sway were first in Thursday’s 1D (14.432). Dustin Angelle of Robert, LA and VF Born Famous were first in Friday’s 1D (14.354) and first in Saturday’s 1D (14.301), turning in the fastest time of the show. Bailey Belcher of Brooks, KY riding Pocket Coin Five was first in Sunday’s Open 1D (14.344), as well as first in the Open Average.

Find full results at: Lucky Dog is back at the Show Place Arena June 4-6 for the $50,000 Future Fortunes Super Championship Tour.

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