PONOKA, Alberta- From August 19 to 24, the quiet town of Ponoka was transformed into barrel racer land. The Alberta Barrel Racing Association Finals brought out ladies of all ages and levels to duke it out for the saddles, money, buckles, and glory. With 752 Open entries, 253 Youth, and 56 PeeWee entries, the event is one of the biggest competitions held at the Calnash Trucking Ag Event Centre.
The Open was a 5D with a 6 tenths time split. Short Go Qualifiers could come back in the average or on a fast time. The top 8 in each division came back in the average with the rest of the short go contestants simply qualifying on a fast time.
Jenny Traub, Rylee Shields, and Sydney Daines were first, second, and third in the 1D average. Jenny Traub continued her winning streak when she absolutely blitzed them in the short round with a 17.258. Traci Macdonald ran a 17.397 and Rylee Shields was a 17.414.
It should be no surprise that Jenny Traub also secured her spot as the Open High Point Champion for the week. Behind her was Rylee Shields, Chael Tostyniuk, Sydney Daines, and Sonda Marks.
The Youth division in ABRA is well known for having some of the toughest young competitors in Barrel Racing. This year, there was a 4D with an 8 tenths time split. Reena Robinson stole the show when she won the average on two and was sixth in the short go for the 1D. The barrel racing prodigy was the Youth High Point Champion. Kennedy Smith took the fastest time in the short go with her 17.859 and came in a close second in the High Point. Taylor Manning turned in a 17.888 in the short go and Alyson Fox was a 17.921 for third and fourth.
The PeeWee Division can boast faster times (yes, there was a smaller pattern) and cuteness overload. Hayley McGovern took home first with a 15.124, Hailey Keith was a 15.380 for second, and Teagan Brink was a 15.501 which was good enough for third. The peewees only made one run for the entire weekend. And in true PeeWee form, every contestant took home a prize. Overall, it was another outstanding ABRA Finals.