Recently, Barrel Horse News visited with industry leaders about the topic of outcross genetics for a feature story you will find in the forth-coming February issue. Incidentally, some of the most recent Barrel Futurities of America World Championships standouts were the product of outcross genetics, often crossed on some of today’s most popular barrel racing bloodlines.
The final round of the Barrel Futurities of America held in Oklahoma City, Dec., 8-13, 2014 was full of blazing times and roaring crowds. Opening the short round with a special dedication to Phil Goostree, the BFA took time to honor a forerunner in the barrel industry. He was a dedicated barrel racing producer and co-founder of D&G Productions, along with Chuck Dunn, and was remembered in the BFA arena.
“Today I honestly tried to run him off,” Jackie Ganter laughed as she described her game plan during the Barrel Futurities of America junior barrel race.
“Last year, we placed in the Top 10 on the same horses, but this year we came back with a better game plan. We thought about what we were going to do and how we were going to lay it out,” Cortney said.
WNFR and CFR bound Britany Diaz of Mandan, N.D., and her 13-year-old mare, Dasher Dude ("Rootie"), are the 2014 Wrangler Tour Shootout Champions from Armstrong, B.C. With a time of 16.120 seconds, Diaz snagged the first place $2500 check and the tour title from the August 30, showdown performance; knocking out the other top eight barrel racers from the 2014 CPRA Wrangler Tour, that qualified for the finale. Diaz's weekend winnings from Armstrong's IPE Stampede, Nicola Valley Stampede, Okotoks Pro Rodeo and the Wrangler Tour Finals, add another $5000 towards her placement on the WPRA and CPRA leaderboards. Diaz has had an outstanding rodeo season north of the boarder and she is currently sitting in top position on the Canadian Professional Rodeo Standings.