Carolynn Knapp, Open Short Go, first place 1D. Photo by Emily Jaycox

ABRA Finals has huge payouts, saddles, buckles and more

After an exciting week of barrel racing Aug. 21 to 25 at the Calnash Ag Event Centre, the Alberta Barrel Racing Association (ABRA) Finals have concluded, with winners named and buckles, saddles and prizes handed out.

The Open High Point winner was Melissa Thiessen with 95 total points.

In the Open Short Go, Carolynn Knapp – first in 1D, Carmen Hopper – first in 2D, Frankie Harrell – first in 3D, Alex Koenig – first in 4D, and Cathy Holmes – first in 5D.

In Pee Wee, Grace Havens – first in 1D, Bryne Engen – first in 2D and Raya MacDonald – first in 3D.

In the Youth, High Point winner was Alyssa McLaughlin with 97 points.

For full results see


Carmen Hopper, Open Short Go, first place 2D. Photo by Emily Jaycox

Frankie Harrell, Open Short Go, first place 3D. Photo by Emily Jaycox

Alex Koenig, Open Short Go, first place 4D. Photo by Emily Jaycox

Cathy Holmes, Open Short Go, first place 5D. Photo by Emily Jaycox

Open High Point winner was Melissa Thiessen. Photo by Emily Jaycox

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Sean Mascaluk/Pro Sports Photography

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Sean Mascaluk/Pro Sports Photography

Sean Mascaluk/Pro Sports Photography

Sean Mascaluk/Pro Sports Photography

Photo by Emily Jaycox

The saddles presented to the first place winners in each division of the Open Short Go. Photo by Emily Jaycox

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