Kayley Blair poses with her top two placing horses Wednesday

Kayley Blair poses with her top two placing horses Wednesday

Barrel racer takes first and second place in Don Laing series

The Don Laing Trailer Barrel Race Series finished last week with one rider taking the first and second place spots.

The Don Laing Trailer Barrel Race Series finished last week with one rider taking the first and second place spots.

Kayley Blair was so determined to win the grand prize of a year’s lease to a Don Laing three horse trailer that she brought four horses with her over the four months of racing. She was presented with the trailer Wednesday, April 15 at the Calnash Ag Event Centre on the last day of the series.

Blair did so well that she won the top two spots in the series with two different horses.

The bi-weekly race started Jan. 11 and Blair took the three-hour trek from Minburn each race to ensure she could continue a high average in the series. She missed only one day in the series.

Blair’s winning horse, Famous, helped her earn 220 points overall. Lickety was the second place horse earning her 170 points. Blair also rode Hootie and Bobby in the series.

“The first horse I won with this trailer, Famous, I’ve owned him for 13 years. I’ve owned him since he was two years old,” said Blair proudly.

The 16-year-old horse has been a true competitor for her. Lickety has been with her for four years now.

Winning the lease to the trailer was a goal Blair set for herself when the series first got started three years ago. Then she placed second. Last year Blair took some time with family and a new son. This year she was ready.

“I came with a vengeance to get the trailer,” she stated.

Her points were good enough in February that as long as she placed in the jackpots in March, that first place position would be solidified. She has one piece of advice for aspiring professional barrel racers: “Hard work pays off.”

“I set a goal back in November to have my horses ready to rock and roll in January for this series,” she explained.

Blair says she competes in as many pro rodeos as possible in the summer and she intends to put the trailer to good use.