NBHA MT5 October-November Update 2016
The 2016 Montana NBHA State Championships that were held in Great Falls, September 30th-October 2nd was a huge success, and very well attended by MT 5 members. In three days, $69,580 in cash and $40,000 in awards were handed out with 1305 runs! That is over $109,580! That is pretty impressive for an Open, Youth and Senior barrel race in Montana and it is due to all of you as members and contestants, our awesome sponsors, the vendors, arena crew, office staff, Board of Directors, ExpoPark staff, awesome photographer, concession staff and enthusiastic crowd. We had 265 Open entries Friday where we added an additional $500 in added money for a total of $1000 added. Plus we hosted 19 PeeWee racers. Sat/Sun Open had 372 runs per day, 63 Youth and 85 Sr runs.
The silent auction was a huge success as well bringing in approximately $2300. We already have vendors who have booked for next year, sponsors committing and qualifying races for the 2017 Finals already happening.
We want to thank you for all your kind words complimenting the event this year as we strive to make improvements every year. Our biggest improvements this year were the Time Only system and the biggest change that really helped speed things along this year was the new arena entry approach and exit. It was met with great approval from contestants. With the fast paced announcing of Ross Wagner and the quick and thorough ground work of Dean Welch raking every 5, contestants being ready plus the volunteer barrel setters and gate workers of the UGF Wrestling Team, we were able to average between 53-55 runs per hour. The Board is always looking at alternative ideas that will make each year's event bigger and better.
The 2017 Montana State NBHA finals will be held September 29-Oct 1, 2017 at ExpoPark in Great Falls, MT, mark your calendars now for this awesome event, remember you need to have entered 4 Montana NBHA sanctioned races to qualify for this event. All MT 5 members that entered our last race October 8th in Eureka, good news you already have 1 qualifier race done!!!!
Year End Banquet
Our year end awards banquet will be held at the Eagles Club in Kalispell on October 29th at 6pm, please bring a dish or desert to share at the potluck, there will be a no host bar available, our theme this year will be a Night out in Hollywood. Also please bring a wrapped gift for our door prize give-away, all your family and friends are welcome to attend. Once again this year, River Bend Ranch will be donated the Bucket Barrel of Fun, must be a current member and present to win!!!!! We will be handing out awards down to 10th place in the Open, 5th place in both Youth & Senior.
Season In Review
We had a very full season of barrel races that seem to go by very fast this summer. The weather proved to be a bit challenging this summer, but we made it! We had several more double headers & co-sanctioned events this season, while the co-sanctioned events do not make the club as much money, the costs are less and I get a break from the office. Thank you to Carpenter Arena, Rich and Tammy Jo for all their hard work & for allowing us the use of their arena. Thank you to Rae Lynn & Jon Hays for all their hard work making sure the arena in Eureka was in good shape! Thank you to BNI Productions, Ivy Redfield & Brooke Wilson for once again asking MT 5 to be part of the Glacier Chaser, it was an awesome event again this year. Thank you to Wendy McCaffree, Rae Lynn Hays & Kerri Schroeder for inviting MT 5 to co-sanction the Fast & Furious 3 race series. Thank you to Sharon Guenzler & Sarah Crimmins for allowing us to be part of the 2nd Annual Western Ranch Rodeo Barrel Race. I was also happy that we were able to again help out the MVHSR team with their fundraiser race in Polson, thank you Wendy McCaffree for volunteering your time to run the office! Thank you also to Lazy C Spear Productions/Win$um Barrel Racing Award Series (Wendy McCaffree) for putting on races & inviting MT5 to co-sanctioned with your series!
It was another wonderful season except that I wished I would have been able to enter more barrel races myself but hopefully this next year I will be able too. Be sure to look over the final points standings, if you have any questions, please contact me ASAP. Remember that for points we take the fastest MT5 member’s time and then do the splits off of that time, so you may have gotten a check in say the 3D but your points ended up being in the 2D, this happened several times this year, also if you run 2 horses and they both end up in the same D, you only gets points on the horse that had the fastest time, if both horses ended up in different D, then you would get points in both D’s. Remember also that we handle ties in the follow manner, the higher placing goes to the member that has entered the most MT 5 races, if this still results in a tie, the higher placing goes to the member who won the most money, if this still results in a tie, I flip a coin! This may seem unfair to some, but our awards are purchased from the money we earn off of our races and we just can’t afford to buy duplicate awards. I hope to see all of you at the banquet, even if you are not getting an award, it is still a fun event and a great time to visit in a relaxed atmosphere, plus you might just win a really nice prize!!! Be Safe & see you down the road.