This year's Diamonds & Dirt surpassed all expectations. In our second year, we doubled in size and brought in the top barrel racers in the country. We look forward to continuing this incredible annual event. - Kristi Schiller, Founder
Bryan, Texas (PRWEB) April 05, 2013
After five days of fierce competition, Diamonds & Dirt, presented by Schiller Ranch, culminated in fast and furious final rounds. The stands were packed at the Brazos County Expo Complex as barrel racing fans took in smoking fast runs around the barrels, anxious to learn which riders would earn the top spots in the Futurity and Derby races.
The dirt was flying faster than it had all week as Futurity finalists posted record times. Vauna Walker of Pingree, Idaho, riding DTF Way Ta Fire, took first place with a remarkable time of :15.698. Not only did she take home $35,482 for winning the Futurity category, but because hers was the fastest time overall, she also received a Rolex watch, valued at $10,000.
Second place, and a check for $19,712, went to Ohio’s champion trainer Jolene Montgomery riding Marths Sixshooter with a time of 15.860. And Texas’ own Lisa Thornton took third, riding Straight Toasted with a time of 16.019, making her the recipient of an $11,827 pay out. Leslie Wills riding Incendiary Ivory took $7,885 home to South Carolina. Rounding out the top five spots was Oklahoma’s Mary Burger, who won $6,899 riding Sadiefamouslastwords.
Home state riders took the top two spots in the Derby Finals. Texans Jackie Jatzlau riding Catch the Rain took first in the Derby with Jordon Briggs coming in second on Shake It Frenchie. Jatzlau received a pay out of $3640, and Briggs took home $2808. Third place and $2080 went to 2012 Futurity Rider of the Year, Kassie Mowry, who rode Burn Notice. Ivy Conrado riding Kellies Chick took fourth winning $1664, and Monica McClung came in fifth riding Easy French Alibi, collecting $1476.
In addition to the cash pay outs, a plethora of prizes were awarded to riders in all race categories. A variety of items were presented including Sean Ryon “The Duke” saddles, named for legendary Futurity trainer LaTricia Duke, Troy Flaharty custom bits, spurs and buckles, over $20,000 in pre-paid Visa cards, saddle pads, RES Sport Boots and iPad minis for the Youth and Junior division winners.
The 2014 Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic will again be held at the Brazos County Expo Complex, the week of March 10 – 16, 2014.