Dee Butterfield Alumni Classic Barrel Race
Starting today, 400 barrel racers will arrive at the Ponoka, AB Stampede Grounds for the 40th Anniversary Dee Butterfield Alumni Barrel Race which will run July 8 – 10. An icon in Canadian Barrel Racing circles, Dee Butterfield continues to enjoy a very successful career. To date the B.C. ranch-raised cowgirl, who resides just northwest of Ponoka, AB, has earned 15 amateur barrel racing titles, 11 Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifications, four CPRA season leader titles and a National Finals Rodeo qualification. Dee won a Canadian Barrel Racing Championship in 1992. A talented trainer and quarter horse breeder as well, Dee has accumulated multiple futurity and derby championships spanning four decades.
Always willing to help other competitors, Dee began instructing barrel racing and horsemanship clinics at the age of 18. The year 2010 will mark 40 years that she has held these informative clinics across Western Canada, Australia, and Hawaii. Teaching the fundamentals of the sport, inspiring training and riding skills with an emphasis on the importance of developing a winning attitude, Dee has helped students go on to win at amateur, high school, little britches, junior and professional levels. Some students have become provincial, state, and national champions.
Dee’s clinics are suitable for riders of all levels and ages. Dee\’s youngest student to date was four and the oldest, 65. One student has attended the clinics off and on for 34 years.
The Alumni weekend will feature a Wine and Cheese Social, Barbecue, numerous awards and prizes, including a Championship saddle for each of the 5D winners and Dave Elliott spurs for each reserve champion. Participants will wear their ‘favorite old barrel racing shirt’ Friday… then change things up for Saturday where they have been asked to “Bling it On!”
Dee has enlisted the help of family and friends for what promises to be an exciting weekend. Several tractors will be on hand to ensure ground conditions remain excellent for all. Numerous sponsors are supporting the event, and the weather promises to be sunny and warm.
More details at www.deebutterfield.com
Check back for results/photos in a later Barrel Patch blog.