SafariGirlDesigns.com debuted the Runnin’ on the Wild Side barrel race at C Bar C Expo Center in Cloverdale, Indiana, on April 27-29. Just shy of 1,000 entries competed for a share of the more than $35,000 in prize money, Bob Berg buckles, a Target Time saddle, Impact Get pads, Corral boots, Gypsy Tails, Bex sunglasses, and dozens of other prizes.
A late arrival, Barbara Jimison missed Friday’s race. This took Jimison and her horse, Miss Secret Memories, out of contention for the average, but she still had a shot at a Superstar Shoot Out qualification.
Barbara Jimison. Photo by Brent Puhl.
Before their late-entry open run on Saturday, the bay mare was chomping at the bit. “I could barely walk her, because she was just so full of herself.”
“I thought she did really well, but I knew she had a lot more she could give me,” Jimison said of the run. “It wasn’t her normal, smooth run. She was trying to feel the ground out, just getting back into the groove.”
Despite any imperfections, the 14.977-second pattern placed her second in the 1D, securing her spot in the Saturday evening Shoot Out that brought back the top 15 in each division.
“I knew I had to go out and make a really nice run if I wanted to win the Shoot Out. She got by her first barrel, and I didn’t think we’d be able to beat the leading time. But she turned her second and third barrels really well, and we came out and won it,” Jimison said.
In 14.702 seconds, she earned her $1,000 share of the Superstar Shoot Out pot, which was worth a total of $2,500. With a time of 15.218, Tammy Goostree took home $750 for the top 2D spot. At 15.751 seconds, Becky Wilburn pocketed $500 in the 3D, and Cheyenne Hendley (16.740) won $250 in the 4D with a 16.740-second run.
Jimison was awarded one Bob Berg buckle for turning in the fastest time of the weekend, and a second one for being the high money winner, taking $1,890 home to Swanton, Ohio.
Miss Secret Memories is a 9-year-old daughter of Leaving Memories, out of a Zevi mare. Jimison acquired her from WB Ranch in 2006, where she had been started on the barrel pattern.
Trevor Pruitt. Photo by Brent Puhl.
“She needed fine tuning, and we worked hard at it. Every day I would do something different with her, and she would learn so quickly. We have the same personality, so we click really well.”
Trevor Pruitt earned top bragging rights for winning the 1D average. Brenda Mager captured the 2D average. Chris Hancock won the 3D average, and Rianna Gilliland secured the 4D average. Several competitors took home over $1,000 in earnings. Heat awards were given when each drag of 50 runners was broken down into a 4D format. Producers Wade White and Matt McGee are already planning the next race. For complete results, visit SafariGirlDesigns.com.