Three of ABAC’s own placed in AGR’s Barrel Race and Pole Bending competition on Friday, Sept. 20, in the ABAC arena.
In the barrel race, Judy Perry, an administrator in our School of Agriculture, placed fifth in the 2D division with her time of 16.382 seconds. Karri Kiley, a student, placed third in the 3D division with 16.795 seconds.
In pole bending, Perry again placed, this time earning first in the 2D division with 23.484 seconds. Kathryn Jones, also a student, placed third in the 3D division with a time of 26.534 seconds.
Other ABAC students who participated in the competition include Erika Bloodgood, Taylor Bruce, Ashley Dunnigan and Grace Davis. Collectively, there were more than 100 barrel race runs and more than 20 pole bending runs.
Alpha Gamma Rho hosted the annual barrel race as a fundraiser for the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. It cost $25 to enter in the Jackpot “Draw,” and $750 was added from the event sponsors. Eighty percent of money raised was paid back as winnings; all proceeds went to the Alzheimer’s Association. This event was completely nonprofit for AGR.
The draw is the order in which riders are selected to run. George Walker, District NBHA Director, explained the selection process, “A computerized system randomly selects the order for the runs.” The divisions are then selected by time to handicap the competition.
“The [first, second and third] divisions have half a second added, and the fourth gets one second added [to their times]. This allows those riders with slower horses to place instead of everyone with the faster horses because then not as many people would participate,” Walker said.