3 days, 162 riders, 2100 rides, 300 BBQ dinners, 8 Second Ride, 1 match race Buckle, 142 awards & 1 brand new horse trailer...... I think everyone had fun!
We kicked off the 13th Annual Firecracker Frenzy on Thursday, June 27th as riders started rolling in to camp. We had riders from all over the state. Paradise, Riverside, Lake Havasu City, Palmdale, Oroville, Camino, Corning & many other places! Campers were escorted to their stalls & campsites & the excitement began to build. Thank you to our snack bar for the spaghetti dinner.
Friday morning our tractors & water trucks were hard at work. Thank you Noel Hatcher, Dylan Hatcher & Jeff Arabia for all your hard work to get our ground safe for all riders. Our riders meeting was at 1:30, explaining the flow of the arenas for the 5 events. I am super happy to report that we had a record number of Leadline riders this year and they were ready to rock & roll and like that..... we were off!
Thanks to the efficient arena crew we ran all our riders through 5 events spread over 3 arenas in record time & we were done by 7:30. Thank you arena managers!
Saturday morning once again began with a riders meeting & Dennis handing out his coveted crew shirts & FF hats! A small thank you for our volunteers for standing out in the sun all day! The ground was Good Friday night but Saturday it was BETTER! Many, many personal bests were run & not a single horse fell all weekend!
Since we were all done riding by 3:30 we were able to take a short break to relax before our BBQ! Thank you Emily Bucholz & Allison Agostini-Peach for the amazing dinner. Eight Second ride kicked off our dance with the lovely voice of Candie Cobb & her talented brothers. It was great to have you back at TCR. Lisa L Jewett, Amber Stites & Jill Garcia handled our stick horse games. They had speedball & barrel races with crazy pool noodle ponies! Winners received medals & bragging rights. Our little dog races are always a huge hit and Cooper Odell upheld his little dog champion title( that Yorkie is is crazy fast!) and Brooke Kendrick’s border collie took our medium dog trophy.
Sunday morning everyone was excited to ride & there were some close races for the coveted awards.
TCR was in for a treat! The Paradise Horseman’s Association Drill Team gave a beautiful drill presentation. For those who don’t know, TCR contributed financially to the rebuilding of the PHA arena & we are happy to report that they will be holding their fist show at home on Sunday, July 7th! After the drill team performance we had a presentation of flags & our national anthem sung by our very own Kaitlyn Windfeldt-Marino! We finally found something that big Mike is afraid of....flags! That’s ok, Kate did an amazing job & I saw lots of teary eyes!
More crew shirts & hats were awarded & announcements were made. Barrels was our 1st event & after our leadliners tore it up our 1st rider out ran a 18.2! That set the pace for the day! Unfortunately we did have one unplanned dismount but Maggie will be ok, just a concussion & broken rib (& no riding for a month). We are glad she’s ok.
This year we held our 2nd annual speed barrels match race and it’s always exiting. Our top 8 riders all raced for a chance to win our gorgeous Molly’s Custom Silver Buckle & $250. Congratulations Kiana Rogers on your win & Lisa Bradley for your Reserve!
TCR awards a very special Buckle each year to a person who stood out & went above & beyond during the weekend. This year we were honored to present our Sportsman Buckle to Noel Hatcher. Noel not only works continuously throughout the show but he had a tractor & water truck donated. Right after our June show Noel’s truck hit a tree, the front end was a mess. Noel still managed to get to FF & volunteer. THANK YOU SUPER FREAKING NOEL FOR ALL YOU DO!
We took our time to go through every time, every event & double & triple check it all. When you have 9 divisions & $30,000 of awards you want it to be perfect!
Let’s congratulate our 2019 Firecracker Frenzy winners!
Kali Skye Albrecht
FC 11 & Under
Jodi Saylor (Bert)
Jodi Saylor (Fancy Pants)
Maegan Grimes Christopher
Lindsey Jae Fish
Barbara L. Woodard
Lori Ann Wiley
Dora Hartdegen Clark
A Horse 16 & Under
Isabella Mark Ribeiro
A Horse 17+
Amy del Sarto
Suzanne Richardson(Docs Annie Bar)
Beth Krickeberg Arabia
AA Horse 21 & Under
AA Horse 22+
Melissa Del Carlo
AAA Horse 25 & Under
Kaitlyn Windfeldt Marino
AAA Horse 26+
Kaitlynn Di Donato(Bob)
Lori Ann Wiley
We did things a little different this year with the age breaks but it leveled out the divisions & almost every rider took home an award! Let us know if you like the format & we will consider it for next year.
Events of this size do not run without help. Many tireless hours are spent before, during & after to ensure a seamless show. There is no way I can name all the volunteers who stepped up but I do want to name our board members who plan all year for this event.
Kaitlyn Windfeldt Marino
Please send out a thank you to them for all their hard work!
This brings our 2018/2019 season to a close. Over the next few weeks year end points will be tabulated, awards ordered & plans made for our award banquet. Our first show will be August 17th & the craziness begins all over again! So, until we see each other again, hug your horses, ride hard & wear those helmets!