The Rundown: Nov. 20-27 Barrel Racing News

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Carlee Otero barrel racing on Blingolena
Carlee Otero and Blingolena clocked the fastest time of the Ruby Buckle East 2023. Lexi Smith Media.

This week on The Rundown, The Money Barrel Host Kayla Jones and managing editor Casey Allen team up once again to bring listeners all the barrel racing news from the Thanksgiving week of November 20-27, 2023.

This week’s topics include the Fiddler’s Turkey Run barrel race in Ocala, Florida, and the winners from that event. Carlee Otero absolutely dominated the first two days of competition on her horses, Blingolena and KL Touch of Heaven.

Jones covers the Maple Leaf Circuit Finals and the projected champions of the WPRA’s Canadian Circuit finals in Alberta this past weekend, as well. At the time of recording, full results were unavailable, but here’s the full results that have been updated on

Maple Leaf Circuit Finals Barrel Racing Results

First round: 1. (tie) Brooke Wills and Karli Cowie, 13.80 seconds, $1,193 each; 3. (tie) Taylor Manning and Jayden Wilson, 13.81, $511 each

Second round. 1. Taylor Manning, 13.65 seconds, $1,364; 2. Karli Cowie, 13.68, $1,023; 3. Bradi Whiteside, 13.73, $682; 4. Lisa Zachoda, 13.76, $341

Third round. 1. Jayden Wilson, 13.62 seconds, $1,364; 2. Taylor Manning, 13.67, $1,023; 3. Justine Elliiott, 13.86, $682; 4. Lisa Zachoda, 18.94, $341

Fourth round. 1. Taylor Manning, 13.67 seconds, $1,364; 2. Blake Molle, 13.71, $1,023; 3. Jayden Wilson, 13.87, $682; 4. Justine Elliott, 13.91, $341

Average: 1. Taylor Manning, 54.8 on three runs, $2,045; 2. Jayden Wilson, 55.27, $1,534; 3. Justine Elliott, 55.61, $1,023; 4. Blake Molle, 60.5, $511

This week’s episode is brought to listeners by The American Breeders Elite Incentive.

About The American Breeders Elite

Introducing The American Breeders Elite, a barrel horse incentive program spearheaded by Helen Nowosad. Building on the success of The Breeders Elite in Canada, the program is now launching in the U.S.

The initiative offers 200 breeder slots available for purchase before the January 1st, 2024 deadline. The cost is $5000 per breeder slot, covering all bred horses and offspring from one stallion. Additional stallions owned by the breeder can be nominated for $1500 each, and there are no foal nomination fees.

With all breeder slots sold, The American Breeders Elite anticipates an $800,000 weekend payout before entries, with payouts growing as entries increase. The annual event at Circle T Arena in Hamilton, Texas, from April 4-7, 2024, features classes such as 4D Open, 2D Futurity, 2D Derby, and 3D Youth, offering a projected payout of over $400,000 in combined payouts for breeders and stallion owners.

The program aims to give back to breeders and stallion owners while providing international recognition for their contributions to the industry.

The inaugural event is scheduled at Circle T Arena in Hamilton, Texas, with eligibility determined in one of three ways: by being bred by a nominated breeder, sired by a nominated stallion, or being a nominated stallion. Follow The American Breeders Elite on Facebook and Instagram for updates. Slots are limited, so act now to have your program eligible for the April 2024 competition. Click here for more information.

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