By Krista Lucas
Ardmore, Okla., was the place to be September 26 through 30 for barrel racers and fans alike. The Ardmore Barrel Futurity at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum was a weekend full of some of the toughest competition in the country.
The event featured open races, a futurity, derby, American Quarter Horse Association classes, an American qualifier, and the Jud Little production sale.
In the first round of the Ardmore Jud Little Ranch Futurity, Ashley Schafer took the coliseum by storm, winning the round and also placing third, fifth and sixth respectively.
Schafer, of Millsap, Texas, won over $8,000 for her efforts. She won the round on “HP Fiesta Fame,” a five-year-old mare owned locally by Highpoint Performance Horses.
Schafer struck again in round two placing fourth and sixth on “Guys Bankin On Fame” and “Blazin Blurry Fame.” All three horses placed in the average, altogether winning close to $20,000 for the weekend, but it was Brandon Cullins, of Clements, MD., who walked away with the average win after placing high in both rounds.
His mount, “RR Mistakelly,” was fourth in the first round and second in the second round for a total time of 30.054. The four-year-old stud is by “Darkelly” and out of “Mistys Dash Of Fame” and is owned by Robin Weaver. Cullins has won multiple championships on the horse this year.
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