Hard to believe August is already here. There have been six OBRA events this year so far and we have a busy August coming your way. Just 4 more events to quality for the President's Cup and here they are.....
August 9 to 11: OBRA is thrilled to be invited to the Aylmer Fair this year! Who doesn't love fairs? Cannot wait to see you all there.
August 16 to 18: 5th Annual Terra Nova Barrel Blast, this event is hosted by one of our amazing barrel racing families. Not only is it a great time it for a great cause. Last year we raised over $7,000 for Sleeping Children Around the World. As if you needed more reason to be there but there is a calf scramble for the kids, pick up race, farm tours, and a chicken dinner.
August 23 to 25: Big Oak Farms is a brand new event this year! OBRA is so pleased to be invited. Come out and show your support and make a run for the money in this big outdoor pen.
September 1 to 2: It wouldn't be a Labour Day long weekend without OBRA Barrel Racing at the Paris Fall Fair. Invite your friends and family to come watch you race and enjoy everything the Paris Fair has to offer. After a jam packed day of barrel racing fun Sunday you will want to head up to the grandstands to see Granger Smith Live in concert!
Upcoming Event: Spring Into Summer
Our show hosts and volunteers have been working hard to put together this event. There is something for the whole family! Here is why you NEED to be there:
1. Good Competition: Over $4,000 in added money. Best of the Best Qualifier on Saturday
2. More ways to Win: *NEW* Mens and Ladies Side Pot.
3. Great Entertainment: Watch your friends attempt to ride a horse they have never ran before in our just for fun, Jump Riding class.
4. Food: No need to cook there will be a food booth open Saturday and Sunday with all the proceeds going back into our Association
5. Campfire Saturday Night : Come hang and mingle around the campfire Saturday night. We will have marshmallows for the kids and is sure to be a good time!
For all the details head over to our event page
Blast Off 2019 in the Books
Our kick off show to the 2019 season was a huge success with over 100 horses in our open 4D and almost 20 riders in our brand new Rookie Pole bending Class. To see full list of results click here.
Saturday night Futurity was a hoot. Want to give a huge shout out to our Youth members who set barrels for this class and earned themselves some volunteer hours towards the 2019 OBRA Youth Scholarship. Congratulations to Glenn Sutherland on Captain Carolina winning the class with a 15.972 on his young horse. And if you missed it the relay barrel race was hilarious. Congratulations to the winning team "Blonde Bombshells" for taking home the title. If memory serves me correctly they ran a 17.1 (which is a 4D time!) Honorary mention goes to the late add team who thought they could take home the win but fell just short of the timer line. And I mean that in the literal sense.... A for effort Tommy Gee.
Don't forget at our next event to use #obra2019 on social media so we can share your OBRA moments.
Show Date added:
WOW that makes 13 shows for the season!!!! We just added August 9-11, Aylmer Fair. Stay tuned because there may be more coming...
Message from the President:
I am very pleased to be the 2019 Ontario Barrel Racing Association President. I am no stranger to the OBRA as I have been a member for 28 years and have held previous executive roles including President, Vice President, Safety Director and Rule Director. I can often be found in the pen keeping the ground safe for our competitors. It is my distinct pleasure this year to be part of a dedicated and energetic board. We have been working extremely hard to put together what I can honestly say is going to be one of the best seasons yet. This year we will be strengthening our commitment to our members, sponsors, show hosts and the communities in which we compete. We will be building on an already great list of events and bringing on new shows for 2019. We are renewing the positive energy in our association and implementing new ideas that will make the OBRA the best place to barrel race in Ontario. I am confident that with such a strong, positive and collaborative group of volunteers and members, we will be successful in achieving this.
Thank you and look forward to seeing everyone soon.
Carl M. Heffernan
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