Ponoka,AB- After 165 runs on Sunday afternoon, it was Shelly Shields fast time that brought home her $20,000 piece of the $100,000 pie, just two years after breaking her pelvis at the very same event.
Shields and her horse, Toast to Val smoked a 17.036 to beat out a tough pack of horses at the Calnash Ag Event Centre. Toast is by Toast To Dash, out of a Dashing Val mare. The 13 year old gelding was previously run by Shellys daughters, one just missing out on running at the AT&T Stadium in the American by one hole on Toast. Shields husband, John suggested it was her time to get on him and make some runs. They had a fantastic weekend at the Glacier Chaser in Montana winning the 1D the Friday and Sunday, and 2nd place in the 1D on the Saturday. Shelly has been placing at the CPRA rodeos, and has plans to get entered in an American Qualifier to see if she can take Toast to Arlington, for a chance at a million dollars at the richest one day rodeo.
Second place for $10,000 in the 1D was none other than Taylor Manning with her trusted steed, Good Little Nick aka. Matlock laying down a 17.148. This was his second run back since May as Taylor wanted to give him some time off and was able to jump on Merlin for the spring and early summer rodeos.
In third position was Cranna Roberts on Blur The Judge with a 17.279, and fourth was 13 year old, Kayce Liptak riding Running For Profits who stopped the clock at a 17.301. Both 3rd and 4th spot brought home $2,000.
The weekend also included an Open with capped entries at 450, plus a $250 50 person slot race named The Vegas, and the Splash and Dash which includes a beverage of choice on the barrels with money going to a charity. Over the last four years of hosting this event, producer Laciee Shock has handed out over $600,000! Next year is the fifth year, and Shock has announced that everything will be diamonds!
For full results, visit the Leather n Lace.ca Facebook page and to re-watch the event you can check out Equine TV on Facebook as well, where Lipstick and Cowboy Boots has interviews with Shields, and Manning during the event.
Top Five in each D from Rodeogo.com, prizes were given to 10th place:
1- Shelly Shields on Toast To Val 17.032 $20,000
2- Taylor Manning on Good Little Nick 17.148 $10,000
3- Cranna Roberts on Blurr The Judge 17.279 $2,000
4- Kayce Liptak on Running For Profits 17.301 $2,000
5- Callahan Tryan on Ranger 17.324
1- Kim Babcock on Perfects On The Fly 17.740 $20,000
2- Colin Balan on Bell Bottom Blue 17.751 $10,000
3- Carmen Pozzobon on Tammyslittleparadise 17.753 $2,000
4- Gaylene Buff on Tees Lil Dunnit 17.760 $2,000
5- Mariah Mannering on Happy Hour Special 17.779
1- Allison Thompson on JG Hectors Meridoc 18.454 $20,000
2- Shelley Hawthorne on Not Yet Unleashed 18.454 $10,000
3- Pamela Purves on JT Sizzle Smokey Bee 18.477 $2,000
4- Tami Jo Brewin on Passum Miss Mystic 18.483 $2,000
5- Chyanne Maurer on CL Fabio Dot Com 18.488