Fire Water Flit
Fire Water Flit (“Milo”) was barrel racing royalty from birth. The 1978 palomino was the result of pairing WPRA world champion sire Flit Bar with Celie Ray’s NFR qualifier Slash J Harletta. Ray and Vickie Adams co-owned the mare, and Adams got Milo—named after Ray’s father—because he was a colt.
Although Equi-Stat wasn’t around during his time, Milo’s record is well preserved, thanks to the likes of photographer Kenneth Springer, who chronicled much of the stallion’s career.
Trained by Ray, Milo missed his only futurity due to a fractured splint bone but came back and won his first two derbies, placed at his first professional rodeo and won his second pro appearance as a 5-year-old in the spring of 1983.
Later that year with Adams in the saddle, Milo won the derby at the Texas Barrel Racing Association futurity and took the average at the State Fair of Texas pro rodeo in Dallas before concluding the year winning the Champion Of Champions derby.
In 1984, Milo had Adams in the WPRA top 15 before injuring his groin and fracturing his pelvis. The duo came back in 1985 and was once again in the WPRA top 15 when a fall in slack at the Helldorado Days pro rodeo in Las Vegas ended Milo’s barrel racing career.
PC Frenchmans Hayday
Proven versatility is found in the 1995 palomino stallion PC Frenchmans Hayday (“Dinero”).
His sire Sun Frost and dam Caseys Charm, by Tiny Circus and out of Caseys Ladylove, entered the barrel racing lexicon thanks to Kristie Peterson’s four-time WPRA world champion and aged-event standout French Flash Hawk (“Bozo”).
As Bozo’s full brother, Dinero needed not compete to draw attention, but he did, and he did it well. Dinero is one of the few horses who can claim qualifications to the NFR in two events—barrel racing and team roping as a heel horse. In 2005, Dinero helped Sherry Cervi place in the barrel racing average at the NFR and finished third in the American Quarter Horse Association/Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Heeling Horse of the Year voting. That year at the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho, four heelers rode Dinero in the short round before Cervi hopped on him to run barrels.
Dinero’s Equi-Stat earnings stand at a mere $17,040, mostly from open divisional races like the NBHA Las Vegas Super Show where he won the 1D, since professional rodeo earnings weren’t kept at all until 2010. The Potters estimate his lifetime earnings from barrel racing and team roping—he’s a nice heading horse, too—to be in excess of $400,000.
The 1995 sorrel stallion Designer Red had proven lineage before he ever proved himself in the arena. His full brother Speed Money had already taken Sharon (Smith) Davis to two of her five NFR appearances before he was born.
Danny Ray purchased Designer Red as a weanling from his breeder Marilyn Clark of Ocala, Florida, at the same time he purchased his sire On The Money Red, who was the leading barrel horse sire of the 1990s. Designer Red was out of Pin A Rose On Me by Mr Jet Magic.
Sent to the racetrack as a 2- and 3-year-old, Designer Red lit the board twice in five starts, winning and placing second once. He was also a finalist at the Speedhorse Sprint Futurity.
Designer Red started his barrel racing career as a 5-year-old with Terri Alexander. He was a finalist in the Gold Cup and Eagle’s Nest futurities before Darla (Taylor) Kennepohl took over the reins. With Kennepohl, the stallion was a finalist at the BFA World Championship derby, the Silver Cup and Gold Cup derbies and won the 2002 AQHA Senior Barrel Racing world championship.
Several different riders including Alona James and Cody Bauserman rode the stallion. Tanya Steinhoff won second at the All-American Youth in 2004 as well. When the curtain closed on his competitive career in 2005, Designer Red had collected Equi-Stat earnings of $53,898.
Ray sold Designer Red in 2008, and he currently resides in Brazil under the ownership of Armando Filho.
Tanya Randall is an avid barrel racer and veteran contributor to Barrel Horse News. Email comments on this article to [email protected]