Better Barrel Races (BBR) has announced that it will host its inaugural Going Big Time Horse Sale, which will take place in conjunction with the 2011 BBR World Finals. The sale will feature 75 to 100 head of horses ranging from prospects, to performance age horses, to mares in foal to Leading Barrel Racing Sires. Sale horse demos will take place Friday, April 29 and the sale will take place Saturday, April 30. For consignment information, click here or contact Going Big Time Sale Company at (580) 777-2877.
Futurity horse owners and riders should also take note that BBR is introducing the BBR Going Big Time Slot Race at the 2011 World Finals. According to Robin Hofmann, the spokesperson for BBR, the slot race is open to 4-year-old and under futurity horses, and will be limited to 20 head.
Owners will be allowed to purchase two (2) slots per owner at $2,000 per slot, with 100 percent payback. Riders will be limited to one (1) horse in the slot race. Owners and riders must both be 2011 BBR members, and slot horses must also be entered in the BBR Futurity. If all 20 slots are sold, the slot race will pay: 1st $20K / 2nd $8K / 3rd $7K / 4th $5K. Should fewerer than 20 slots be sold, 100 percent of the slot fees paid in will be paid back out at ratio of one (1) place paid for every four (4) slots sold. Individuals interested in purchasing a slot or wanting more information should contact Robin Hofmann at (405) 615-4998.
The BBR Futurity will remain open to horses 5 years old and under that have never competed in barrel racing prior to Dec. 1, 2010. Hofmann indicated that BBR has high hopes for upping the sponsored added money from $10,000 to $15,000 this coming season.
The futurity will be run on the same format as in 2010, with an unlimited number of entries being accepted. The fastest 50 percent will proceed to the Championship Round, with the slower 50 percent proceeding to the Consolation Round. The purse will be distributed 70 percent to the Championship Round and 30 percent to the Consolation Round. Slot Race horses will be run at the beginning of the qualifying round and times will be rolled forward to qualify for either the Championship or the Consolation rounds.
BBR is also planning to offer jackpot style barrel racing in Barn 8 that will be open to members who did not qualify for the 2011 Finals Races and any New 2011 Members.
“We really want to make the BBR Finals an event that offers every barrel racer within 1,000 miles of Oklahoma City something they can participate in,” Hofmann said. “There are several new events that will be sanctioned in outlying areas, like Arizona and Ohio, in 2011, and we want to invite the contestants who attend those events to come and be part of the BBR World Finals experience.
“I’d encourage everyone to watch for more info coming soon on the Better Barrel Races website, betterbarrelraces.com.”
Hofmann closed by saying she has every expectation these additions will cause the World’s Richest Divisional Race Event to be larger, richer and more exciting than ever before.