NBHA Virginia State Championships
Written by Vanessa Evans, Senior
Submitted by Diane Roper, State
Photographs by Michael Pritchett
It was a chilly day in the hills of Appomattox County, Virginia for the
Virginia State Championships at the Clayton C. Bryant Arena on November 19,
2011. Historically, Appomattox is the site of Confederate General Robert E.
Lee’s surrender to Union General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865,
essentially ending the American Civil War.
Exhibitions started at 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. followed by Pee Wee, Open
1st Go, Youth, Senior, and Open Finals. The Open format was one
qualifying round taking the top 15 from each division to the short go. Pee
Wee posted 15 entries, Open class posted 122 entries, Youth class posted 56
entries and the Senior class 32 entries.
Pee Wee Division
Out of 15 entries in the Pee Wee class, the Champion was Olivia Hargis on
Chippewa clocking a 15.279. Reserve went to Jacob Butler on VF Big Star
Bound and 3rd place was Josie Adsit on Money. Paige Dowden on
Peppy was 4th and 5th went to Josie Adsit on Sassy
The first go of the Open Saturday morning began in high gear
with entrants vying for the $16,000 added money and awards. Adam Roper won
the go round riding Lady La Dash (owned by Sharon Bryant McCormick) with the
fastest time of the day of 14.451 which earned him the Warren Morgan fastest
time of the day trophy saddle. The 2-D winner was Linda Ford with a 14.979
riding Nugget. Tim Butler on Fancy won the 3-D with a time of 15.463 and
the 4-D was won by Leslie Sutler riding Frosty with a 16.541.
Sixty riders made it back to the short go with Ducky Keller
taking home top honors riding VF Big Star Bound (owned by Linda Smith & Tim
Butler) with a blazing 14.480. Reserve 1-D was a tie between Elizabeth
Caldwell riding Love The Fame (owned by Clayton Bryant) and Adam Roper on
Lady La Dash. Third place was taken by Kathy Ramsey riding Day Star.
The 2-D champion was Sarah King onboard Fancy Wheeling Dixie
with a time of 15.038. Reserve was Sarah Allman on Jake and 3rd
place went to Reed Dale riding March of Honor.
Jeff Callahan took home champion 3-D honors on Kate with a time
of 15.544. Reserve went to Lorie Sikes-Dutzman riding Zans Winning Deck and
3rd place was Pam Benson onboard Aliby.
The 4-D champion was taken by Delisha Ross onboard Docs Dancing
Native clocking a 16.731. Tim Butler took Reserve champion on Brisco and 3rd
went to Wendy Barnett riding Bar T Leo.
Youth class only had one go vying for the coveted title of State
Champion. Elizabeth Caldwell took home the top honor of 1-D Champion
onboard Love The Fame with a blazing 14.593. Reserve 1-D and 3rd
place went to Reed Dale riding March of Honor and Dyna Rae Honor,
The 2-D champion was Holly Longest riding The Pacemaker with a
time of 15.100. Reserve was Morgan Fretwell on Gus Who and 3rd
place went to Sarah Allman riding Jake.
Amanda Lawson took home champion 3-D honors piloting Dixie to a
time of 15.601. Reserve went to Stephanie Cox riding Smash and 3rd
place was to Meredith Adams on Jessies Girl.
The 4-D champion and reserve was taken by Stephanie Cox riding
Fancy with a time of 16.626 and Buckshot, respectively. Third place went to
Cole Smith on Mustang Joe.
Senior class had one go with Ducky Keller’s one-man show
claiming the 1-D Championship on VF Big Star Bound with a time of 14.711
showing on the scoreboard, Reserve on Chief, and 3rd place on
The 2-D champion was Tony Campbell riding Shady with a time of
15.293. Reserve was Ducky Keller onboard Tonys Magnolia Bar (owned by Peggy
Kanthack & Roger Newcomb).
Tony Campbell also took home champion 3-D honors onboard Zip
clocking a 15.721. Reserve was Pam Benson riding Sunlight Drifter and 3rd
place went to Mitch Taller on Kate.
The 4-D champion was taken by Bob Phillips riding Panamas Moon
Bug with a time of 16.756. Billy Ford took Reserve champion on Pepper and 3rd
place went to Lee Yancey riding Tequilla.
Thanks go out to the show announcer - Ed Owen; photographer -
Michael Pritchett; State Director - Diane Roper; tractor driver - Tim
Ramsey; barrel setters; arena crew and our Virginia NBHA Sponsors: Clayton
C. Bryant and family, Sharon Bryant McCormick, Kay Kay and Adam Roper,
Amelia Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, D.J. Smith and family, Red Eagle
Creations, EDAM Construction (Ron & Vanessa Evans), Susan Hargis, Billy
Ford, Julia Melton, Jerry Brinkman, and Patricia Lawson and family.
The state year-end banquet was held March 3, 2012 at the
Cumberland Volunteer Fire House, Cumberland, VA with good food, award
presentations and dancing. State Championship awards were presented to the
top 5 in each division for the 2011 Virginia State Finals and the Warren
Morgan fastest time of the day Pro Rider trophy saddle donated by Debra &
Thomas Morgan and family. Pro Rider saddles were awarded to the Pee Wee,
Open, Youth, & Senior Champions. Reserve Champions received embroidered
jackets. Additional awards: Third place received an embroidered grooming
organizer, 4th place received crystal studded spur straps, and 5th
place received an embroidered hay bag. Red Eagle Creations owned by Sue
Harris was the designer of all the placing awards. A special award was also
given in memory of 11 year old Arianna Cox who tragically lost her life in
August 2011. This will be an annual sportsmanship award given to a youth in
honor of Arianna. This year the award went to her lifelong friend, Bobbie
Jo Adsit. Along with the title of Champion, all the divisional winners
received an NBHA Wildcard to use at either the Youth NBHA Championships or
the NBHA World Championships in Perry, Georgia.
Each of the District Directors: Jan Watson, VA-00; Peggy
Kanthack & Roger Newcomb, VA-01; Sue Harris, VA-02; Michael Britt, VA-03;
David Dye, VA-04; Brenda Dodd, VA-05; & Sharon Sponaugle & Laci Neil, VA-06
were awarded a rolling backpack. Ed Owen and Julia Melton who assisted the
State Director with fundraising and other contributions were also awarded a
rolling backpack. The Youth representative (Vicki Dale), Senior
representative (Vanessa Evans), and Webmaster (Lewis Parsley) were awarded a
nylon briefcase for their contribution throughout the year. Tony and Gayle
Campbell who volunteered to cook for the banquet were awarded a document
A special award (belt buckle) was presented to Clayton Bryant to
thank him for everything he has done for the sport of barrel racing. He has
allowed both the NBHA and IBRA to use his wonderful facility in Appomattox
without asking anything in return. Thank you very much.
After the awards presentation, the DJ rocked the house until the
wee hours of the morning!
Virginia NBHA State Championships
Champion Olivia Hargis, Chippewa, 15.279; 2)
Jacob Butler, VF Big Star Bound, 16.203; 3) Josie Adsit, Money, 17.915; 4)
Paige Dowden, Peppy, 17.9855) Josie Adsit, Sassy Chick, 18.586.
Open 1D 1) Ducky Keller, VF Big Star Bound, 14.480;
2-tie) Elizabeth Caldwell, Love The Fame, 14.646; 2-tie) Adam Roper, Lady La
Dash, 14.646; 4) Kathy Ramsey, Day Star, 14.674; 5) Reed Dale, Dyna Rae
Honor, 14.728. Open 2D 1) Sarah King, Fancy Wheeling Dixie, 15.038;
2) Sarah Allman, Jake, 15.103; 3) Reed Dale, March of Honor, 15.131; 4)
Susan Hargis, Chippewa, 15.189; 5) Meredith Adams, Tontos Spanish Bit,
15.234. Open 3D 1) Jeff Callahan, Kate, 15.544; 2) Lorie Sikes-Dutzman,
Zans Winning Deck, 15.556; 3) Pam Benson, Aliby, 15.590; 4) Sis Sams,
Scooter, 15.592; 5) Meredith Adams, Jessies Girl, 15.610. Open 4D 1)
Delisha Ross, Docs Dancing Native, 16.731; 2) Tim Butler, Brisco,
16.755; 3) Wendy Barnett, Bar T Leo, 16.934; 4) Sandy Close, Mouse, 17.328;
5) Stephanie Cox, Fancy, 17.417.
Youth 1D 1) Elizabeth Caldwell, Love The Fame, 14.593;
2) Reed Dale, March of Honor, 14.832; 3) Reed Dale, Dyna Rae Honor, 14.905;
4) Paige Sprinkle, Leo, 14.909; 5) Paige Sprinkle, Red Mans Money, 14.921.
Youth 2D 1) Holly Longest, The Pacemaker, 15.100; 2) Morgan Fretwell,
Gus Who, 15.223; 3) Sarah Allman, Jake, 15.271; 4) Madison Jones, Bully,
15.292; 5) Elizabeth Caldwell, Glitter Ta Fame, 15.312. Youth 3D 1)
Amanda Lawson, Dixie, 15.601; 2) Stephanie Cox, Smash, 15.625; 3)
Meredith Adams, Jessies Girl, 15.693; 4) Heath Drinkard, Laredo, 15.732; 5)
Clay Mann, Diamonds Express, 15.856. Youth 4D 1) Stephanie Cox, Fancy,
16.626; 2) Stephanie Cox, Buckshot, 17.157; 3) Cole Smith, Mustang Joe,
18.771; 4) Paige Dowden, Peppy, 19.139; 5) Josie Adsit, Sassy Chick, 19.174.
Senior 1D 1) Ducky Keller, VF Big Star Bound, 14.711;
2) Ducky Keller, Chief, 14.943; 3) Ducky Keller, Missy, 14.952; 4) Pam
Benson, Journey On, 15.056; 5) Paul Comer, A Pinch Better, 15.103.
Senior 2D 1) Tony Campbell, Shady, 15.293; 2) Ducky Keller, Tonys
Magnolia Bar, 15.510. Senior 3D 1) Tony Campbell, Zip, 15.721; 2)
Pam Benson, Sunlight Drifter, 15.803; 3) Mitch Taller, Kate, 16.187; 4)
Betty May, Ruby’s A Dream, 16.204; 5) Jan Watson, Ima Spunky Munky, 16.218.
Senior 4D 1) Bob Phillips, Panamas Moon Bug, 16.756; 2) Billy Ford,
Pepper, 16.977; 3) Lee Yancey, Tequilla, 18.645.