Two-time world champion barrel racer Brittany Pozzi is a busy woman. And last March, she had an especially hectic day. She competed in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo finals – then hopped on a plane to make it to the first Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic in nearby College Station.
She was disappointed to miss the final four with a $50,000 purse by 1/100th of a second at the HLSR. But in a dramatic turn, she won $30,000 at Diamonds & Dirt.
For more details on that day, watch the video at https://vimeo.com/pnrproductions/review/43060582/ff3665bc63.
“There’s nothing like winning,” Brittany says. “It’s the best feeling in the world.”
March 2013 promises to be just as crazy as the competition heats up for the second annual Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic, taking place at the Brazos County Expo Center from March 12-17. The competitors are lining up to try to take over the title of champion.
Highly ranked Brittany will be tough to beat. But, as she says, there’s no guarantee what’s going to happen in a futurity competition.
“The futurity deal is you never know – that colt could have just as easily stubbed his toe and run off,” Brittany says about the uncertainty of racing these young horses. “It’s just so rewarding that I spent time training that colt and he does so well.”
Diamonds & Dirt offers one of the richest purses in the country, at over $450,000 in cash and prizes. Committed to meeting the highest standards in the barrel racing industry, Diamonds & Dirt is endorsed by the most respected sanctioning organizations in the United States and has quickly become one of the most prestigious events in barrel racing today, attracting the top riders in the industry.
Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic was started last year by Kristi Schiller, owner of Schiller Ranch and founder of the 501 ©(3) K9s4COPs.
This event will be filled with talented competitors – incredible horses – and endless excitement. The week’s competitions will build to the futurity finals on Saturday, MARCH 16. Once the winner claims her title, A Night of Diamonds – with a live performance by Texas legend Robert Earl Keen – will begin.
Proceeds from A Night of Diamonds support K9s4COPs, the non-profit foundation started by Kristi Schiller two years ago to purchase and place trained K9s with law enforcement agencies. For more information on this non-profit foundation, visit www.K9s4COPs.org.
“I believe barrel racing is on the verge of becoming a world-class sport of its own. The time is right for tapping a larger audience, as well as providing an outstanding new venue for the loyal riders who have dedicated themselves to barrel racing over the years,” says founder Kristi Schiller. “With the phenomenal bloodlines and speed of these horses, combined with the agility of talented riders and trainers, I believe history will be made every year at Diamonds & Dirt. We are deeply committed to making this a premier event. The service and hospitality experienced by each participant will be second to none, and our payouts are always top-tier. At Diamonds & Dirt, we're bringing the bling back to Texas… where it all began."
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