15 Seconds and $100,000 Richer!

Bryan, TX ― The dirt was just right tonight under the hooves of Sweet Choco Taco and his rider, Ryann Pedone of Sunset, TX. Thirty-one year old Pedone is the 2016 Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic Slot Champion and $100,000 richer heading back to her trailer tonight.

"I really just can't believe it," said Pedone when asked how she felt. "I've only been riding the horse since December and I really felt like he was ready today."   Credit: Steven Larson

Pedone's ride took her 15.718 seconds and set the pace for those to follow. Training horses since the age of 18, she proved tonight she's got what it takes to be a champion.

"I have to tell Tiany Schuster thank you for choosing me to ride," said Pedone. "Her patience as I took my time to get with him is greatly appreciated."

The 5th annual DDBHC benefits K9s4Cops charity which purchases and places professionally trained K9s with law enforcement agencies across the country. Locally, proceeds from DDBHC will also benefit the Children's Museum of Brazos Valley, the Ronald McDonald House Charities and The Urban Interface.

The Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic offers free admission to spectators.

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