Barrel racer wins provincial event
by Phil Ambroziak
There’s always room for improvement.
The 2014 Saskatchewan Barrel Racing Association (SBRA) finals may only be recent history, but Rapid View area rider Nancy Dancy is already determined to do better at next year’s competition. She set this goal for herself in spite of a strong showing at the July 28-31 finals in Saskatoon where she placed first overall in the Open event’s 2D division with a championship run of 15.205 seconds.
“Next year, I want to qualify for the 1D division and come back as the winner in that one,” Dancy said.
Everyone who enters the Open division at the SBRA finals competes in two separate rides. Each rider’s fastest time is then used to determine which category she will fall into for the Short Go event.
“It’s a 4D system with the fastest riders qualifying for the 1D division and a new division starting every seven-tenths of a second after that,” Dancy explained. “If the fastest rider has a time of 14.00, the 2D division would start with the competitor who has a time of 14.70.”
Although Dancy’s showing in the initial race qualified her for the 1D division, she didn’t perform as well as she would have liked during the Short Go.
“I was a little slower in that one and the girl who eventually won the event ran a little faster,” she said. “But, this allowed me to get into the top of the 2D division. Barrel racing is certainly a sport that requires skill, but it can also be one that involves a lot of luck.”
Dancy placed 11th in the First Go with a time of 14.983 and 39th in the Second Go with a time of 15.225.
The recent provincials, which saw close to 300 riders compete in the Open event, was the sixth such outing for Dancy. She also said it’s the one at which she’s had the most success thus far.
“In the past, I was there with different horses but was never fast enough to make it to the 1D,” she said. “I took two horses (Master of Brandy, also known as Dilly, and A Dash of Amber) with me this year and both had nice runs.”
For her accomplishment in the 2D division, Dancy received a trophy saddle, buckle and breast collar.
“The saddle is especially beautiful,” she said. “It’s very encouraging to receive these prizes because it proves all the hard work you put in all year long has paid off. A lot of effort goes into training the horses, and I’m proud of the work I’ve done. I’ve also had great support from my family and friends.”
Dancy, who competed in barrel racing as a teenager, said there was a gap of several years where she was away from the sport. She returned more than a decade ago, however, when her daughter showed an interest in it.
Today, she competes as a member of the SBRA’s District 6 which includes Meadow Lake and the surrounding area.
“District 6 holds six jackpots throughout the season,” Dancy said. “To qualify for the provincial finals, you have to compete in all six of these jackpots.”
Other area riders to compete in the Open event at the SBRA finals were Jayme Gregory on Ginger, Carol Gran riding Mars, Knock Out and Missy, Sharon Smith on both Regal Crescent and Sing Baby Sing, Rose Thibault on Styx, Ashley Wood riding both Meme and Zadie, Emily Siklenka riding both Mary and Cruise, Carrie McWatters on Outlaw, Tanya Stanley on Kali and Markie Siklenka riding JLS Shockemsmojoman.
Other events held during the finals were the Youth and Peewee competitions. Local riders to compete in the Youth event included Morgan Paramzchuk on Chico, Mackenzie Regan riding both Willy and Strawberry and Montana Graham riding John. Peewee riders included Kiera Nixon on Cisco, Lakeisha Ross on Pegasus and Tayler Thibault on Pika.