Last week the $1.5 million Pink Buckle Barrel Race was held at Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. This unique Open 4D and Futurity intends to increase the quantity and quality of barrel horses sired by Pink Buckle stallions. Currently, there are over forty stallions enrolled in the program. Horses by Pink Buckle stallions with up-to-date nominations are eligible to compete in this prestigious event which also pays stallion owners. Top-placing horses and top-ranking stallions can earn enormous amounts of money in just one weekend.
The first go of the Pink Buckle Futurity was won by Cayla Small and Slick N Black, by Slick By Design, with a 16.992 seconds. Other horses by Slick By Design came in second, fourth, twelfth, and thirteenth in the 1D and in second, third, eighth, ninth and eleventh in the 2D of the first go. The second go of the futurity was won by Dena Kirkpatrick and Gracies Lane, by The Goodbye Lane, with a 16.960 seconds. Other horses by The Goodbye Lane came in fifth, sixth, and thirteenth in the 1D and in tenth, thirteenth, and eighteenth in the 2D of the second go. The Pink Buckle Futurity Average was won by Will Lear and Slick Lane Ta Fame, by Slick By Design, with a 34.412 seconds on two runs. They took home over $55,000 for their average win!
The first go of the Pink Buckle Open was won by Jolene Montgomery and Promise Me A Jet, by Blazin Jetolena, with a 16.884 seconds. Other horses by Blazin Jetolena came in third and eighth in the 1D and placed in the 2D and 3D of the first go. The second go of the open was won by Ashley Schafer and Jets Letters Ta Abby, also by Blazin Jetolena, with a 16.792 seconds. Again, other horses by Blazin Jetolena came in second in the 1D and placed in the 2D and 3D of the second go. The Pink Buckle Open Average was won by Ashley Schafer and Jets Letters Ta Abby with a 33.776 seconds on two runs. They took home over $19,000 for their average win!
Overall, the top Pink Buckle 1D money-earning stallions were Slick By Design, The Goodbye Lane, Blazin Jetolena, Furyofthewind, and Eddie Stinson. All five stallions have something in common – a considerable amount of Thoroughbred breeding. In eight generations, Slick By Design is 48.1% Thoroughbred. His prominent Thoroughbred ancestors include Jetalong, Mito Paint, and Pass Em Up. The Goodbye Lane is 63.3% Thoroughbred. His grandsire, Leinster House (TB), was bred in Ireland and earned over $114,000 on the track. Blazin Jetolena is 57.8% Thoroughbred. His second dam, Blazing Duchess (TB), was a granddaughter of leading sire Alibhai (TB). Furyofthewind is 67.2% Thoroughbred. His prominent Thoroughbred ancestors include Beduino, Azure Te, and Rocket Bar. Eddie Stinson is 64.1% Thoroughbred in eight generations. His prominent Thoroughbred ancestors include Anchor Watch, Lake Erie, and Past Due. All five stallions go back to Three Bars and Top Deck, the two most influential Thoroughbred sires in Quarter Horse history.
Other standout stallions from the Pink Buckle Barrel Race include Tres Seis, Firewater Canyon, MP Jet to the Sun, Prime Talent, and Corona Cartel. All the enrolled stallions and their nominated offspring have substantial Thoroughbred breeding. Whether they are on papers or several generations back, Thoroughbreds are still incredibly influential in the barrel horse industry. If the success of these Pink Buckle stallions is any indication, Thoroughbreds will continue to be prominent for decades to come!