This year the 4th Annual Barrel Bash, held at the Calnash Ag Event Centre April 11 to 13, experienced its largest and most triumphant run to date.
Organizer Lisa Gallais says between the shape of the ag event centre, the rider turnout and payouts it was a “very successful” weekend. “Just all the entries we got, everyone was prepared and ready . . . It just ran smooth. The facility was in top notch shape.”
Friday’s open boasted 172 riders, 266 for Saturday and 250 on Sunday. Saturday’s Slot Race also featured 55 riders.
Gallais says this year’s high numbers were in part because of the state of ag event centre and also because of the high payouts the event awards. At $50,220 in total, it’s higher than most other jackpots around the province.
The Barrel Bash is also a 4D (four division) event that allows riders of all skill levels to compete, which is another factor not found in many jackpots. “There’s not an opportunity out there for that . . . That’s why we do it,” Gallais explained.
“It’s not always for the tip riders and the top horses out there,” she added.
Barrel Bash allows equal opportunity for barrel racers from an excelling level right down to new riders in the sport to compete.
Gallais feels just because one racer is competing at a higher level than another, which is sometimes the result of a green rider or horse, doesn’t mean the same effort isn’t put in by each and every rider, and she wanted every one of them to have the opportunity to be recognized.
“It was a great event. Kudos to everybody,” said Gallais.