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Ryan Lovendahl, Bluffdale, Utah, topped 51 entries at the Ardmore Spring Barrel Futurity in Oklahoma. With $6,500 added, the futurity paid $25,603.97.Ryan Lovendahl, Bluffdale, Utah, topped 51 entries at the Ardmore Spring Barrel Futurity in Oklahoma. With $6,500 added, the futurity paid $25,603.97.

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Ryan Lovendahl, Bluffdale, Utah, topped 51 entries at the Ardmore Spring Barrel Futurity in Oklahoma. With $6,500 added, the futurity paid $25,603.97.

Riding Smooth Movin Dash, Lovendahl won the first go, placed third in the second go and won the average by nearly 2/10’s of a second over Annessa Self and Duchess Doda.

Smooth Movin Dash, 5, sired by the famed barrel horse sire Dash Ta Fame, is the prized property of Dennis Blair, a neighbor to Lovendahl in nearby Riverton, Utah. Bred by Bob Burt, West Valley City, Utah, Smooth Movin Dash is out of a mare named Smooth Current by the Thoroughbred stallion Current Concept. On the race track the gelding had 12 starts, winning three races and placing in three others, winning $14,998 and earning a Register of Merit in Racing with a speed index of 100.

Another gelding with West coast connections took top honors in the Ardmore Derby. Rare Fred, piloted by Mary Burger, Purcell, Okla., and owned by Ron Martin, Seal Beach, Calif., crossed the finish line ahead of 46 other Derby entries who raced for a share of the $8,288 payout.

When an average is involved, consistency always earns a premium and such was the case with Burger and Rare Fred at Ardmore. Their sixth-place finish in the first go was worth $124 while a second place check in the second go was worth $596. With a total on two runs of 31.055, the talented pair earned another $961 for winning the Derby average.

EBFA 3D Memphis Futurity
With 158 entries, close to double the entries from last year’s March EBFA Futurity in Memphis, Tenn., the 3D futurity added $13,000 and paid $47,729 to eight contestants in each division on March 1-2, 2002.

Cody Bauserman continues to make a comfortable place for himself in the winner’s circles of one futurity after another. With a solid talent lineup in his barn, he is steadily climbing to the top of the futurity riders of 2002 list, destined to surpass his fourth-place ranking from 2001.

Just when everyone thought they had seen every four-legged secret weapon that Bauserman had in store for the futurity season, a new mare stepped into the limelight. This time, instead of Sheza Cash Prophet escorting Bauserman to the pay window, it was Sheza Boy Toy, owned by R. W. Howe Corporation.

After blowing away the competition in the second go, running a 14.528, the pair totaled 29.649 to take the average win by nearly 2/10’s of a second over Cody Denton and Short Fame.

Bauserman’s hey-day didn’t end with the $3,147.04 1D average paycheck. The Sallisaw, Okla. cowboy dominated the 2D competition riding Shawne Voodoo Flit.

The 1997 brown gelding ran a 15.230 to take sixth in the first go, followed by a 15.47 in the second go to take the average win by 2/10’s of a second over Tony Pitcock and Casady’s Memories.

Bauserman picked up $2,288.08 to split with owner Sheridan Cummings, Livingston, Texas.

Besides the four checks Bauserman earned on the first and second division winners, he earned additional checks on Sheza Cash Prophet and For The Taking, bringing his total futurity money to $9,712.85.

With little room left in his pockets for additional paychecks, Bauserman threw his leg over his 2001 futurity horse, Bellefous, owned by Calvin and Anita Terry, Royal T Farms. Earning a check in Friday’s 1D Open and winning Saturday’s race, Bauserman left Memphis with five winning horses and $11,604.05.

The 3D of the EBFA Futurity paid out a total of $9,946. A total of 31.664 secured Terry Fuller, Poplar Grove, Ark., the average win. Riding his own Lady N Jade, Fuller earned a $1,858.72 paycheck.

American West Southwest Regionals Barrel Futurity
The American West 4D caused a cash flow in New River, Ariz., Feb. 8-10, 2002. The association’s first Southwest Regional Futurity, Maturity, 4D and WPRA barrel race was held at the Desert Hills Equine Center, with $7,800 added to the 4D, $1,000 added to the futurity and $300 added to the maturity.

With $1,000 added, 39 barrel racers signed up to run for $3,773. With just one go-round in the futurity, entries had one chance to take home a check.

Once again, Ryan Lovendahl’s name appeared beside the "Pay to the order of" line of the winning futurity check. Riding the rapidly up and coming futurity superstar Smooth Movin Dash, Lovendahl stopped the clock at 17.402 to take the win by 2/10’s of a second over Betsy Nunn and her Paint mare OBD Toot Sweet Too.

Lovendahl earned $634 to split with Smooth Movin Dash’s owner, Dennis Blair, Riverton, Utah. Lovendahl, Bluffdale, Utah, has been training barrel horses since 1995. Smooth Movin Dash has been in his barn since November, 2000, when the gelding was just off the track.

The Maturity win went to Twila Haller and her 7-year-old mare, Booga Jet. Haller traveled just 23 miles to New River from her hometown of Phoenix to win $366 for the pair’s 17.152. Haller, a five-time NFR qualifier, bred and raised her winning mount. Taking second in the Maturity was Barbara Merrill and Thats No Effort with a 17.294.

Cactus Barrel Futurity
OBD Toot Sweet Too and Betsy Nunn took home a $2,947 piece of a $17,280 pie at the Cactus Barrel Futurity, Feb. 28-March 3, 2002. With $2,500 added to the purse, 99 barrel racers traveled to Buckeye, Ariz. to compete.

After taking third in the first go for $596, Nunn outran the competition in the second go with a 17.119 to earn $909. Their average time of 34.514 raked in another $1,442 to total earnings of $2,947. Nunn’s winning mount is a 1997 black paint mare by Other Brotha Daryl out of Top Chic Too by Top Venetion.

Nunn received a breast collar made by Kathy Branco and a jacket donated by Lee Banning and Hart Trailers.

Kelly Conrado followed Nunn in the average riding Saintly Guy to earn $2,758, after running second in both go-rounds with a 17.350 and a 17.315. Conrado also took home a $784 check for a sixth-place average finish aboard Lil Dash Of Hope.

After taking a fourth-place go-round check in the futurity, Darren Longfellow and VF Money On The Fly took the Amateur Futurity win worth $284. By On The Money Red out of Butterfly Feeling by Jet A Deck, the 1997 gelding won the second go to win $178, to total weekend earnings of $462. Longfellow also received a jacket donated by Hart Trailers and Lee Banning and a silver breast collar donated by Jones Leather.

The Cactus Derby drew 33 entries with $500 added to total a $3,035 purse. Just one weekend after a $1,123.60 payday at the Arizona Gold Barrel Futurity, Rick Manucy and BR Sidekick traveled to Buckeye for a repeat Arizona victory. The 1995 gelded son of Dash Ta Fame out of No Charge Express by Charge For Kirk ran a 16.891 to earn $958 and a jacket.

Barbara Merrill followed riding Thats No Effort.

Barrel racers honored
On Feb. 9, 2002, Wanda Bush was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Belton, Texas. During her rodeo career, Bush won 29 World Championships, including being named All-Around World Champion eight times, Calf Roping World Champion nine times, Ribbon Roping World Champion seven times, Cutting Horse World Champion two times, Flag Racing World Champion once and Barrel Racing World Champion twice.

Barrel racing icon and World Champion barrel racer Martha Josey, was officially named rodeo legend as the inaugural recipient of the RodeoHouston Lone Star Legend Award on March 3, 2002. Martha Josey is the only individual to have competed in the Astrodome over a period of time that spans five decades.

Recognized for her barrel racing accomplishments, Josey was joined by other rodeo legends Donnie Gay, Shawn Davis, Larry Mahan, Dean Oliver, Mike Cervi as well as famous rodeo clowns Wilbur Plaugher, Quail Dobbs and The Cajun Kid.

Amy Dale wins Houston Rodeo
Proving that consistency pays, Amy Dale, Graham, Wash., claimed the largest win of her barrel racing career at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 12 – March 2, earning $12,381.

Dale rode her 8-year-old mare, Skid, to finish seventh in the first go, second in the second go, split ninth and 10th in the third go, and third in the Wrangler Pro-Tour Round. Of 23 check earners, Dale was the only one to place in every payoff in Houston.