The stands were packed last night for the inaugural Runaway event in Ponoka, Alberta. 153 barrel racers each paid $750 to run last night with the high hopes of winning $20,000. Here’s how it all panned out.
1st 1D – Jenny Traub on LL Invidious 17.157 $20,000
2nd 1D – Brooke Swathfield on Jay 17.203 $10,000
3rd 1D – Bobbie Goodwin on Sonny 17.223 $2000
4th 1D – Bailee Switzer on SRS Juscashin Crime 17.285$2000
5th 1D – Marci Laye on Unleashed Ta Speed 17.382
1st 2D – Rene LeClerq 17.861 $20,000
2nd 2D – Kaylea Argent on SR Paradise Ta Fame 17.865 $10,000
3rd 2D – Sierra Booth on Perktaparadise 17.877$2000
4th 2D – Lacey Stanton on Fast Movin Guy 17.890$2000
5th 2D – Tanya McConnell on Flying Hulk 17.920
1st 3D – Laciee Shock on Altered Jewel 18.559 $20,000
2nd 3D – Kayley Anderson on Hes Major Perfect 18.598 $10,000
3rd 3D – Janeen Rivard on Rooney 18.599$2000
4th 3D – Coulter Gould on Firstclassagouti 18.643$2000
5th 3D – Amara Duxbury on Unleashed To Alaska 18.675
Results courtesy RodeoGo.com
Some names are the slot owner, and someone else ran for them.
Will be making changes as they become available
The event host, Laicee Shock also announced she would be hosting a 2D event called The Breeze in 2017.
Check out Lipstick And Cowboy Boots on Facebook for the winning run!
The largest jackpot Alberta sees each year is the Alberta Barrel Racing Association Finals, held in Ponoka Alberta at the end of August, with roughly 800 entries, and is done so over the course of seven days. One of the next largest jackpots held in Alberta is The Barrel Bash and Slot Race held each April by Lisa and Travis Gallais.
The event started out in 2010 and it was the Barrel Bash & Poker Roping. After a couple years, the Team Roping died down, and it carried on as just ‘The Barrel Bash’. Over the next few years, the two would see the event grow from 67 entries, to over 350 entries in 2015. Last year, the Barrel Bash paid out over $67,000, and the event is expected to grow again this year.
The main event during the three day jackpot (Friday Warm Up Jackpot, Saturday JP & Sunday JP with a Short Go) is the Slot Race held the Saturday night.
Fifty slots are sold, where each contestant runs for a larger purse. The race usually draws a crowd. Its a different atmosphere than the usual jackpot. The crowd is loud, the music is upbeat and the air is electric.
The entry fee is $250 with 96% of the money going back into the pot. Three places will be paid in each division. 50% of the pot will be paid in the 1D, 30% for the 2D and 20% to the 3D. The payout will be:
First Division (1D)
Second Division (2D)
Third Division (3D)
The first year I ever attended this jackpot, I was able to enter the Slot Race the day of. As I write this, during a cold January day, the Slot Race has already SOLD OUT.
With the economy as poor as it is this year, running events like this will be harder than ever, as potential sponsors are holding onto their money a little tighter. Lisa & Travis experienced this with their trophy saddles they have for the Short Go winners. One barrel racer had an idea to make sure the last saddle covered.
Kim Gulley Munroe suggested that each of the contestants or supporters contributed just $10 each to cover the $1600 Trophy Saddle. In two days, the saddle was paid for by the generosity of others. So fitting for an event like this.
“I (Lisa) would like to acknowledge Kim Gulley Munroe for stepping up and taking it upon herself to come up with a plan to raise the money for the 4th saddle. I’ve never in my life seen a group of people come together to achieve this amazing act of kindness. Travis and I are overwhelmed with the support from you all and we thank you for this. The sponsor name for this saddle will say “PAY IT FORWARD” as that is what will happen and some lucky person will be the one to cherish this amazing gift.”
This is personally my favorite jackpot of the year, and I always look forward to it. It has always been so well run. This jackpot has a different atmosphere than others, with Lisa pushing for a positive, supportive environment. The best part about this jackpot? You leave with your cheque in hand, no waiting three months to get your earned money, if at all.
I asked Lisa what drives them to produce this jackpot year after year. “We continue to produce these jackpots for the passion I have for the sport and the love for our contestants. Nothing is more heartwarming then rewarding a contestant with a large cheque or prize for their hard work and dedication. To see these individuals so excited and in tears when they receive their reward is the best gift ever. As the saying says “It feels better to give than receive” cannot be more true. We can’t stop now; heck, it’s just getting good and the support is amazing!”
Running jackpots of this size is tough and the producer has to be organized. “We would like to think our events are run in a timely manner and we have to start by acknowledging our production crew, I could not do this without great people behind us. Both Brandi Love and Carrie Wedman are huge assets to my team. Their computer knowledge, organizational skills, professionalism and understanding what this means to us has been the key part of our success. Using 3 bikes and groomers also helps make things run faster; there is nothing more frustrating I’m sure for both spectators and competitors than waiting on a tractor. We also want to acknowledge our competitors, their promptness and readiness allows us to run approximately 60 to 65 runs per hour.”
This being my favorite event, I had to ask Lisa what she felt made it stand out from other large jackpots. “Well I’m not sure our productions do stand out from the rest but we like to try and produce a well organized production with good transparency. I feel as a producer and a competitor understanding where my money is being spent says a lot about a production and the producer. Our fees are set higher than most and the percentage we take for production costs are lower which in return gives our competitors a larger payout. For us, that’s what this is all about. Anyone that has ever produced knows you do not get rich doing it. Rules..Yes, we have them and I try my hardest to stick to them. It may make some people upset or frustrated but I think in the end it gives flow and structure to the event. Our Slot Race also is an extra, seeing people step up to pay big dollars to win big dollars is exciting. It’s a good race and to watch and hear the excitement from the competitors and spectators is electrifying. Lastly, our ability to give quick results and payout sure helps. People want to know where they stood and to be paid immediately afterwards I’m sure is a nice feeling.”
Barrel Bash Productions is run by Lisa and her husband Travis. Many would not be able to work in such a stressful environment with their husband. I wondered how they manage through out the weekend to still be a married couple. “Working with Travis…how about trying at times!!!! I honestly wouldn’t want to do it with anybody else. Truth be told, he is the brains behind this all. His experience with competing and producing team roping jackpots in the past has definitely helped me put all this together. I would not have had a clue where to start. He has told me several times if it wasn’t for me being his wife he would want nothing to do with it!! Thank God I am!”
Not many husbands would want to get involved with 350+ barrel racers in one weekend. Travis manages to cope through the weekend “I just grin and bear it!!! The more years we do it the easier it seems to get. Oh yes, Bud Light helps too.” *Ladies take note, he likes Bud Light.*
Travis is the Team Roping Director for the Canadian Pro Rodeo Association. I asked how having this kind of background has helped create a better production. “As an open roper myself, I am aware of the production costs and stock charges producer’s charge. Doing the math and treating my roping as a business gives me the knowledge to know what amount of money I am even roping for before I rope. I feel it is so important as a competitor and a producer to understand this and in return it has given our productions structure. Also, team ropers pay higher fees, but if we win or place we also take home some cash. This is where I wanted to go with our jackpots. I see tons of girls driving $70,000 truck and trailers and paying $10,000 and up for their horses and then paying $40 entry fees to win maybe $200. I want our competitors to leave our jackpots with some cash in their pockets and the only way to do this is to pay higher fees.”
Over the years Lisa had stopped running in her own jackpots. “Well I stopped competing at my jackpots for a number of reasons. One, I’m a control freak. I look at it this way; if I myself screw up on the computer, the draw or payout then I can only get mad at myself which in turn saves my crew from a tongue lashing (laughs). Secondly, the past couple years I did not have a horse to run but this year I am stepping out of my comfort zone, putting my trust into my fabulous crew and saddling up! I’m looking forward to joining our Barrel Bash family and having some fun.” Lisa has very nice horses, and I’m looking forward to running with her.
I asked Lisa what they are expecting for entries this year. “This is a hard question to answer as every year our number grow and grow. We started out 6 years ago with 67 entries in the Open and last year we had 55 plus in the Youth and 350 plus in the Open each day. I’m amazed with this all! Our Barrel Bash Production and event page on FaceBook continues to grow in numbers so we are hoping for 400 plus this year. This would make us one of the largest jackpots in Alberta next to the ABRA finals. That’s just crazy and exciting!!”
The projected pay out for 400 entries paying 10 holes per division in the Open would look like this:
1st – $1260.00
2nd – $1080.00
3rd – $900
4th – $780
5th – $600
6th – $480
7th – $360
8th – $240
9th – $180
10th – $120
Ladies, if you have never entered this event, check your calendars for the April 8-10 weekend, and mark it as busy. Check out this FB link for ALL THE INFO!
You may also want to check out their Fall production, The Bolt for the Colt, where the format of the event is an Open 4D jackpot with the top five and bottom one of each division coming back along with one wildcard spot for the short go. To ensure that everyone has a chance, the winner will be the person with the MOST CONSISTENT time, taking home a yearling which has been donated each year.
Travis and I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support over the years. This silly thought we had 6 years ago over a bottle of Captain Morgan’s has exceeded our expectations by far and we promise to you we will continue to give you the best we can produce.
Sherwood Park, AB- The wind and rain from the weekend created a lot of mud, but didn’t stop the 2nd Annual Trach Law Cans & Calves Invitational event from running today, though a group vote did move it to the indoor arena. John Deere Gators were up for grabs for those who could beat last years times that were run in the outdoor arena, but because of the move inside, the Gators will have to wait to go to their new homes in 2016. Today paid out $28,600 and had stunning Troy Fischer Buckles to both the Champion and Reserve Champion in each event.
35 of the best names in Tie Down Roping from Alberta ran in two go rounds, as well as 35 of the top Barrel Racers. The Top Ten in the average went to a showdown, and in the barrel racing it was a horse race! An arena record was set by Kandi Horn with a 12.620. She had a flawless run. Reserve Champion Brandy McPhee ran a 12.787, Third to Amy McDonald with a 12.841, Fourth to Caitlin Stark with a 12.845, and Fifth to Carolyn Knapp running a 12.995. In the Tie Down Roping, Dean Edge won with a 8.4. Reserve Champion was Kyle Lucas with a 8.6, Third was a tie for Stacy Cornet & Darren Dublanko who each ran a 9.0, and Murray Pole with a 10.0 rounded out the pack.
Both barrel racers and ropers showed their support for Jace Thorsteinson wearing red shirts. Jace is a junior roper who was in an unfortunate roping accident and is in hospital. Check out the Jace Thorsteinson Benefit Auction on Facebook if you would like to help with bidding or donating an item.
For most of the event, I sat at the far end, where third barrel would be. This is where Still Meadows Ranch owner, Maxine Rusnak usually sits. I personally have rode at this arena all my life and have known Maxine just as long. She suffers from MS and isn’t able to move around without the help of her health aid. Today she had a day pass from the hospital. I bring this up because as I sat there, almost every competitor, both roper and racer, came down to personally thank Maxine for donating the use of the arena for the event. I cannot find the words to express how happy it made me to see everyone do this.
Another thing I noticed about the event, was that everyone was very positive, supportive, and friendly. Watching the roping, I loved that everyone cheered and supported one another with each run. Hearing the barrel racers praise one another for their great runs also brought a smile to my face. This is why producer, Lisa Trach puts on the event.
“Honestly, when I decided to do the event I was in a sort of sad place in my life. When I am sad, I read… Self help books and the like. I read an article about how, if you dive into the things you love you will meet people who will be the right people for your life. So I decided to have the jackpot… One where I could invite a group of competitors that were not only super talented but also positive, we have a strict no bitches no whiners rule!
Naturally I went to my Still Meadows family for help and, like always, they came through 100 times more than I could have ever expected. Because Jeff Drisner suffers with us barrel racers all year, we wanted to give back to him so we added the calves. That has been a huge reward for me! Our calf ropers both years have been so great.
The event is everything I had hoped for. It did what the book said; It surrounded me with the best people. I got to meet new people, and most of all I get to give back to a community that is responsible for my sanity. Because in all times in my life where I have struggled, it has been my horses and the people in my life that share my love of horses that have saved me when I would have otherwise drowned.
I only wish I could give more to the big family of people in rodeo. This jackpot is my tiny contribution. I hope it grows and grows.”
I personally look forward to attending this event next year. I hope that you can join as well! Check out the two winning runs below, and each of the top ten runs can be found on the Lipstick & Cowboy Boots Youtube channel.
Dean Edge’s Winning Run – 8.4
Kandi Horn’s Winning Run – 12.620
Diane Skodopole’s honourable mention run. Across the line with a 12.394, plus 5 for a tipped first.
What motivates you? What makes you want to jump out of bed at 5am to go to the gym to work on your core so you can keep up with your horses badass snappy turns? What gets you fired up and keeping the passion and desire alive in the winter when its -35 and even colder with the wind? What are you doing before you make a run at a jackpot or rodeo that keeps you focused and on your A Game?
Incase you live under a rock, it’s 2015 now.. A whole new season to make your best run, to fix your third barrel, to ride more gritty, and to let your horse haul ass to first barrel. Ok those are some of the things I want to do this year. I have watched all of my 2014 runs (that were taped) a million times. I have sat with my eyes closed and rode through and felt the feeling of Reeva cranking out a perfect first second and third barrel. I have sat and felt the feeling of winning, being presented with checks and buckles. When I am driving my car and turn a corner I sit on my pockets and act like we’re turning a barrel. I have gone through the pattern in the kitchen with the proper hand position etc. Its all about muscle memory right? As silly as that may seem, doing all those things keeps me jacked up about the upcoming season. Ive also been reading great books like Mind Gym by Gary Mack and Gold Buckles Don’t Lie by Fred Whitfield, and girl, if that story doesnt motivate you, I dont know what will! Tonight I am posting sticky notes all over my house to remind me why I am riding daily an getting back to the gym. I also enjoy watching old NFR videos, watching Lisa & Louie win The AMERICAN, and watching Pozzi & KissKissBangBang win the Diamonds & Dirt 2014 Slot Race. Reading inspiring quotes, and talking with positive uplifting girls who have similar goals also keeps me focused and driven.
Maybe you read that and think I am totally out to lunch, and instead you just like to be better than you were before, always striving to be the best you can be in all aspects of life. This is such a broad topic, so as far as I am concerned there is no wrong or right as to what can “motivate” a person.
I asked a handful of my friends what keeps them motivated. I LOVE hearing what motivates people, in and out of the arena. So, assuming that hearing what is motivating others will also motivate you, I’m sharing their replies to help get ya fired up! 🙂
“Watching people that I admire motivates me. Even at the local jackpots. I see someone lay down a deadly run and it gets me pumped up.”
“Setting goals and timelines, and adjusting them accordingly. Staying motivated is easy when the end is always in sight . Small steps to the big picture, make anything seem attainable. Adjust your expectations so they are realistic. Instead of, “I wanna make the nfr”.” try “I wanna have a more consistent season.” Or instead of “I wanna win this rodeo.” “I wanna ride my horse better than I did at the last.” kinda thing. Creating goals creates positivity which is motivating in itself.”
“What motivates me is a little different from everyone else, usually people want to be motivated by someone they look up to, but for me it’s the people who look down on me, they make me ride harder, train better to BE a better person. The look on those peoples face when the unexpected come in and win makes me drive harder. Everyone has a past, everyone has a present and everyone started somewhere!”
“So, Cassie asked me for some things that keep me motivated & motivate me before a run. On off season watching old runs makes me want it like crazy. Theres no better feeling than making a barrel run, so during the winter I watch alot of videos of both myself & other people. Before a run I like to listen to pump up songs to get me in the game, I love music & I find this the easiest way to get me ready for a run.”
“Well……so music, inspirational books and positive thoughts, learning new things and friends success makes me happy and keeps me motivated! All these aspects are just on the road which was started by simply believing in the dream (or goal)! That is what motivates me, I can visualize and know it’s what I’m meant to move towards! Make sense…it really applies to all things not just barrel racing!”
“This is what motivates me personally. This is the stem cell i received that saved my life. Some days I get a little down and out. I just look back at pictures. Everyday I strive do to the very best. I’ve had a few friends pass away same age as me gone through everything I had. They call it survivors guilt and it really is. Why me? Why am I so lucky over them? Well each and everyday I set out to accomplish everything and anything. Saying yes to every opportunity that crosses my path. Where as before I would say no maybe next year, well there may not be a next year. It’s kinda corny but it’s honestly true. How many people get a second chance in life? Well I plan to live this life to the damn best ability that I can and push myself to do things I normally wouldn’t.”
“What motivates me the most is Tyler. Every time I want to take a break or stop training or I don’t think I’m on the right track he pushes me to follow my dreams. He’s always behind me helping me move forward and be the best I can be. It’s actually taught me a lot about myself and how to push myself in those weak moments. I’ve seen a lot of “couple teams” but I have rarely seen one that works in a partnership like this. I also watch a lot of motivational videos about dreams and determination and pushing yourself. I really believe in order to teach yourself how to stay positive and motivated when your dealing with horses and the kind of stress and money issues we all have you have to have a person or persons to fall back on who help you and stay strong when you are not.”
Kirsten regarding visual motivation: “I think motivation can come in all sorts of forms and can apply to success in the rodeo world in so many ways. Pictures, quotes, videos and songs all have a different role in how I personally keep myself motivated. Pictures are great because they help put you back into a memory of a moment that was a crucial stepping stone to where you are now. These are two of my favorite pictures because they were my two first big wins on different horses and look at how excited I am! I use them to remind myself how grateful I was back then and how hard I worked to earn those two moments.”
“I find the times that I need the most motivation are during the off season when it is -20 with a storm warning and I am writing a blurb for my friend’s blog and staring at pictures of my other friends in Arizona on Facebook when my truck has been running for 45 minutes so that I can go out to the barn. Videos are almost always crucial in this situation.”
Kirsten regarding music and motivation: “Music works the same way. There have been a couple times when a truck of us girls is driving to a rodeo and we are “Raging” right alongside Hyper Crush and “it’s another great day to be looking that good” all determined to “Run This Town” with Luke Bryan. This exact situation happened this summer and we were soaring on the way up North, and on the way back listening to “Her Heart Is A Rodeo” on repeat with two out of three horses in the back having had their last runs of the season. “Her Heart is a Rodeo” is also great song for the drive home when you are trying to figure out how to regroup and get your life together by Tuesday so that you can make it to a slack Thursday morning and then across the Rockies for Thursday night. It’s all about the perseverance.”
Kirsten regarding quotes: “Quotes are great forms of motivation purely for the feelings certain words can stir deep in your mind. If I am winning and making good runs, they are great to keep the high energy going. If I have a bad run or something negative happens to me they act as a booster to stay persistent. It’s pretty easy to log onto Pinterest from your phone and type in “overcoming obstacles” as you are leaving the vet office with a prescription for 6 weeks time off or if you just took out three barrels and the trash at the last rodeo, and it’s an easy way to re-boost your morale.”
So I ask again. What motivates you? What keeps you going when you want to quit. What pumps you up when you’re coming down the alley way? Leave a comment below, I’d LOVE to hear it!
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