Kylie Whiteside

May Long Weekend Barrel Racing Wrap-Up

Sammi Bessert of Loma, Colorado was happy to receive an invitation to the 2010 Cloverdale Rodeo, and the talented barrel racer made her first Canadian rodeo count. She and her 8-year-old gelding, Tommy, took home $27,000 in earnings. The 2009 Black Hills Pro Rodeo Co-Champion and Wilderness Circuit Finalist rides a son of Dash Ta Fame (registered name is Terrible Tommy Twist) out of a Bugs Alive in 75/Hempen bred mare. Bessert purchased Tommy off the track as a 3-year-old.

“I was excited to get an invite to Cloverdale,” Bessert commented. “I traveled to B.C. with friend and fellow contestant, Sue Smith. It’s a great opportunity to see a different part of the country.”

In second spot at the invitational ‘non-CPRA/PRCA-approved’ event was St Paul, Alberta’s Rylee McKenzie who won a first and third in Pool A earning a total of $16.250.

Aside from the barrel racing event at Cloverdale, it’s certainly worth noting that Cochrane, Alberta bull rider Steven Turner enjoyed an amazing weekend as well, winning a total of $52,000. ($2000 in Pool A and the entire bull riding short go purse of $50,000, as he was the only bull rider to ride his bull in the final round on holiday Monday.)

Additional pro rodeo action this past weekend, included Luxton Rodeo where Kamloops barrel racer, Julie Leggett won first and Falkland Rodeo where Rylee McKenzie enjoyed more success, winning the championship there.

The Foothills Rodeo Association featured Caroline Rodeo this past weekend. Successful barrel racers there included:
1. BOBBI GOODWIN  15.689
2. VAL GILLESPIE  15.764
5. STACY LUNDE  16.060
6. KR ROBINSON  16.065


  1. Sandy Mills says

    This is a wonderful blog, Barb. It lets me quickly catch up without going to all the association pages!

    Happy travels this summer,


  2. Hi Sandy
    Thank you… sorry I haven’t been posting as much lately. Time seems in pretty short supply lately.

    Hope to see you somewhere down the road.