Wide World of Horses was in Oklahoma City April 24-25 to capture all of the excitement and speed at the 2009 Better Barrel Racing World Finals. The two-part show, which airs June 21 and 28 on RFD-TV, will not only feature the 300-plus BBR World finalists but also the Formula 707 BBR Futurity.
On hand with Wide World of Horses commentators Robert Chown and Lee Schneider, Cheryl Magoteaux and Tonya Garrison caught up with the event's winners, organizers and personalities.
More than 3,250 horses competed in the World Finals and when the dust had settled, it was 2007 BBR World Champion Mesa Leavitt of Blue Grass, Iowa, and her gelding Juniors Genuine Doc (Joes Genuine Doc x Petique) with the fastest time of 15.182 seconds, which earned her a check for $3,653!
"'Junior's' just a great horse," the 14-year-old Mesa told Garrison after her big win. "He doesn't really like people or to be messed with a lot but when it comes to running though, he's all business."
Latricia Duke and Corona Dude Dancer (Cartel Dancer x Junoimgood) were the big winners in the Formula 707 BBR Futurity. Their time of 15.856 captured the futurity championship and a check for $3,024.
Better Barrel Races is made up of independent producers that came together in an effort to better serve the barrel racer by cooperating in scheduling shows, putting forth a code of ethics for producers, providing a unified awards program the competitor can work towards, and bringing a big added money finals to the Central United States. The producers, which represent more than 500 combined years of experience in producing and competing in events, are: Double B Productions, Heartland Tour, XN Barrel Racing, ShootOut Productions, WinMore Barrel Races, and XL Enterprises. For more information, go online to www.betterbarrelraces.com.
Now entering its third year of broadcasting, Wide World of Horses airs on RFD-TV at 11:30 am and 9:30 pm CDT every Monday and on Sunday morning at 6:30 am. The 30-minute program features a broad spectrum of the equine world's most exciting events and individuals and offers a great opportunity for equine individuals and events to reach an audience approaching 30 million viewers.
For information on Wide World of Horses and complete schedule, visit the web site at www.wideworldofhorses.com.