BFA World Championships crown the best of the best

Oklahoma City would've been a prime stop for a bettin' man during the BFA's World Championship Barrel Futurity. Although there were many favorites sporting high credentials going into the event, ...Oklahoma City would've been a prime stop for a bettin' man during the BFA's World Championship Barrel Futurity. Although there were many favorites sporting high credentials going into the event, ...

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Futurity Champion

SR Red Ryder
(On The Money Red x Hi Red Angle x Hy Lucky Jay (TB)
30.816 Avg. time – $49,694 earned
Ridden by Brett Monroe
Owned by Homer and Ada Nell Beasley

Oklahoma City would’ve been a prime stop for a bettin’ man during the BFA’s World Championship Barrel Futurity. Although there were many favorites sporting high credentials going into the event, SR Red Ryder’s record made the 5-year-old gelding a worthwhile bet. Having placed in every event entered this year – with the exception of one, where the horse tipped to place – SR Red Ryder already had earnings well over $50,000 going into the Futurity.

A second-place 15.365 in the first go qualified Monroe and the On The Money Red gelding for the 50-horse finals field. Although the pair tipped the first barrel in the second go, the only harm done was the loss of an additional paycheck, as the average is compiled of the fastest time in either of the go’s plus the finals time.

In the finals, Monroe dropped the reins around the third barrel, drawing an "ooh" from the crowd. Leaving the barrel straight as an arrow with no help from Monroe, who was still guarding the barrel, SR Red Ryder ran across the time line for a strong 15.451, giving owners Homer and Ada Nell Beasley, Broxton, Ga., bragging rights to a World Championship. The gelding was also the leading BFA Futurity Horse for 2002.

"I’ve had him slip a little several times leaving the third barrel," explained Monroe. "His hip will nearly catch it, and I wasn’t taking any chances. He was so close on it, I wasn’t worried about which way he was going."

"A good horse will leave it straight," added Homer Beasley.

Having topped the Memphis EBFA Futurity and Georgia State NBHA show, taking Reserve at the Speedhorse Gold Cup and NBHA World Championships and placing in the top five at the Turn N Burn and Silver Cup futurities earlier in the year, SR Red Ryder has more than proved his worth as a "good horse."

"We’ve probably got 25,000 miles on this horse this year," said Beasley, "and we placed everywhere we’ve been but once."

Monroe, Gay, Ga., has ridden for the Beasleys for the past three years – having known them since he was very young – and has more than proved his worth as a barrel horse trainer as well. According to Equi-Stat, Monroe’s lifetime earnings far surpass $600,000 and may even be sneaking by the $700,000 mark with this World championship. He has topped such prestigous events as the Old Fort Days Derby, the World Championship Sweepstakes class, the Sweepstakes Division at the NBHA World Championships and the All American Quarter Horse Congress Junior Barrels.

Reprinted with permission of Quarter Horse News