Kristy Bold riding Perry’s Frosty Star ready for the final barrel and the race to the line in her open run on Oct. 12. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

CBHI doles out the cash

The annual huge barrel racing event in Ponoka another great success

It was yet another tremendously big event for the Canadian Barrel Horse Incentive (CBHI) organization in Ponoka.

Over four days — Oct. 10 to 13 — the event drew more than 800 horses with riders from across North America.

CBHI president Laurie Bresee was very pleased with how well things ran as well as the annual sale, which ran on Oct. 12 and saw 20 horses sold.

The big prize of the event was the Futurity Super Stakes, with horse and rider running twice before the pack of 150 was whittled down to just 15 for the short go round.

DK Dynamite Dixie ridden by Kelley Drake, and owned by Traci Kennedy ran off with $38,400. As this horse was sired by Famous Playboy from Ponoka breeder K2 Farms, operated by Devon and Kim Gerwatoski, that victory earned them $12,800.

The other big race, the Derby Super Stakes, was taken by HZ Magic Man and rider/owner Carly Christianson, taking $9,600 for the win. Breeders Ralph Danard and Ed Borgstrom, as the horse was sired by Jess Magic, earned them $3,200.

”The Super Stakes program was developed to promote offspring by nominated stallions in Canada, and the money paid is raised by an online stallion auction held each February,” said Bresee.

“This program has continued to grow and sees the payout increase each year. The Super Stakes is a side pot which nominated offspring can run for. This is paid out separate from the futurity and derby and to offspring which carry the Super Stakes certificate.”

The other big winners at the CBHI included: Futurity – Kaycee Mandel on Little Streakin Cat; Derby – Taylor Manning on Little Levin Lucille; Open jackpot – 1D Blake Molle on DHR Oh Mercy Moon; 2D Lacey Caldas on Cool Asa Crime; 3D Susan Legault on Spirits Badger and 4D Bobbie Robinson on Royals Bug Fame.

Top youth at the event went to Joele Hewko on Goldmember, while the peewee category saw 15 riders with Bresee noting, “each are winners and received a prize.”

Full results from the CBHI Ponoka event can be found by going to either their Facebook page or on their website at


Annette Vandenberg on Shortwave set up for the final barrel in the first go of the CBHI open on Oct. 12, but had a barrel go down, earning a no time. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

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