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Christiana Anton aboard Smooth As Firewater was the winner of the Wine Country Classic. – Dally A Star Photography

CLEMENTS, CA – The Clements Buckaroos welcomed barrel racers from California and Nevada to the 2017 Wine Country Classic held October 14, presented by Les Schwab Tires and Reeve Trucking. The Clements Buckaroos are proud to offer a great facility with plenty of parking, excellent ground and a fun atmosphere for barrel racers to come and enjoy. The Wine Country Classic is the finale to the Club’s monthly Tuesday night barrel races that began in May.  

Saturday morning started off with time only’s and check-in where each contestant received samples of T.H.E. Equine Edge calming cookies and Omega Chews and the infamous wine glass and bottle of wine from several of the local wineries including: Borra Vineyards, Constellation Wineries, Delicato Family Vineyards, E2 Family Winery, Legacy Ranch Wine, McCay Cellars, Oak Ridge Winery, Old Corner Saloon/Anderson Estates, and Watt’s Winery. 

An opening prayer was given by Pastor Ron Martens of Clements Community Church followed by the American flag presentation by the 2017 Miss Clements Jr. Stampede Joy Anglin. Prior to the start of the race we had the Lil Buckaroos (10 & under and not entered in the race) in which four ‘Lil cowboys & cowgirls enjoyed running barrels, some with assistance from the grownups! Each contestant received prizes for their participation. 

The $3,000 added Open race had 123 contestants and a payout of $8,597. Christiana Anton aboard Smooth As Firewater won the race with a time of 17.799 winning $593. Eight places were paid in each division, along with awards.  Added this year was the senior side pot (45 & over) with $100 added money which was won by Pamela Scheer riding Lucky Fame for $91. The youth side pot (16 & younger) also had $100 added and was won by Christiana Anton winning $152. Awards were also given out to the senior and youth. Pictures from the barrel race can be viewed at www.dallyastarphotography.smugmug.com. 

The beautiful awards presented to all the winners would not be possible without the help of these award sponsors: buckles from Dale Chavez Saddle Co., Ropers Sports News gift subscriptions, Pioneer Equine Hospital gift certificates, Ricotti Saddle Co. gift certificates, Vetericyn gift bags, Formula 1 Noni, MVP product gift certificates, FinishLine horse products, Cavalor feed, Classic Equine saddle pads, hay bags & packs, handmade wine stave candle holders by Skip & Sherry Hagemeier, Theramic Wraps by Professionals Choice, Purina feed, THE Equine Edge, Diamond 21 Livestock, and hats, brushes, and gift cards from Riding Warehouse. 

A great big thank you to our returning title sponsors Reeve Trucking and Les Schwab Tires. Additional sponsors of the Wine Country Classic include: Young’s Payless Market, George Reed, Inc., Bokides-Hesseltine Ranch Realty, The Trailer Specialist, A-1 Saw & Mower, Tri-Star Equine Vet, Jab Auto Parts (NAPA) in Lockeford, Coyotes Mexican Food, Clements Ridge, Robinson’s Feed, Cal-Waste Recovery Systems, Boot Barn, Morningstar Insurance, Travel N Corrals, Bertoldi Construction, Donkey J’s Deli, Sparrowk Livestock, D2 Trailer Sales, Premier Equine Center, Integrity Horse Feeds, Leavitt Group, Lockeford Auto Repair, Applied Coatings, Steve Groom CPA, True Value Hardware, Triple 7 Barrel Racing Assoc, All Star Rents, Don and Cheryl Gatz, Bank of Stockton, Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions, and the Sign Center.

This event couldn’t have been done without the Clements Buckaroo members and volunteers: Desiree Capella, Tom Jones, Ron & Rayanne Currin, Megan & Morgan Flint, Megan Ehlers, Jerry Farmer, Debbie Anderson, Steve Granlees, Debbie Haskins, Tony & Andrea Hayles, Michelle Meade, Cheyenne Shaffer, Joy Anglin, the Bradford Family (Carroll, Kyrsten, Kaylie & Kaydence), Joye Mendes and Roxann Ospital. A special shout out to Debbie Anderson and her crew along with some younger club members and friends who kept the cook shack open for all to enjoy throughout the year!!

The Clements Buckaroos was started in 1940 as a recreational riding group and went on to produce the Clements Stampede & Horseshow. Tom Smith is this year’s president and he invites all horse enthusiasts in the area to come check our club out. Meetings and information can be found on www.clementsbuckaroos.com. After the first of the year we will have new membership information available. We hope you’ll consider joining the club next year as we are planning to add additional activities for club members and & the local horse community!

Thank you to all the contestants and families that participated in this year’s Wine Country Classic. Results are as follows (payoff amounts rounded to nearest dollar amount only).


WARM-UP RACE ($250 added, sponsored by Ropers Sports News)

1D: 1. Gabby Takash, Cash & Diamonds, 17.845, $195. 2. Laura Tolleson, AR Boot Scootin Star, 17.942, $148. 3. Laura Ward, Dakota, 18.144, $105. 4. Alie Jordan, DT Bug, 18.188, $79.

2D: 1. Samantha Dewhurst, Herbie Rides Again, 18.356, $176. 2. Nicoale Walters, Dream Today, 18.493, $133. 3/4. Sandra Sirizzotti, DSR Rachels Gottagun; Jamey Wells, Smokin Lady Yellow,  18.507, $83.

3D: 1. Allison Weaver, Tuckers Dynamite, 18.850, $149. 2. Michelle Battista, Dash of Dragon, 18.856, $113. 3. Shella Dewhurst, Blueprint, 18.921, $81. 4. Alicia Stirling, Jeno’s Hope & Faith, 18.930, $60.

4D: 1. Deja Vue, Blushing Freebug, 19.948, $130. 2. Tiffany Richter, Sling Shot, 20.055, $98. 3. Rayma Castro, Your Electric, 20.105, $70. 4. Lynn Novi, Georgie, 20.174, $52.


OPEN 4D – 123 riders

1D: 1. Christiana Anton, Smooth As Firewater, 17.799, $593. 2. Jordan Ernst, GWH Joe Song Doctari, 17.848, $490. 3. Chelsea Glanz, PC Boons Sunwood, 18.005, $438. 4. Roxie Jimenez, Caillou Can Too, 18.051, $361. 5. Cheryl Gatz, Bacon, 18.181, $284. 6. Deanna Horner, Trapper Mike, 18.205, $181. 7. Jessica Alosi, Cinco, 18.242, $129. 8. Samantha Dewhurst, Herbie Rides Again, 18.286, $103.

2D: 1. Caylee Graves, Daisey, 18.299, $533. 2. Allie Jordan, DT Bug, 18.306, $441. 3. Pamela Scheer, Lucky Fame, 18.30, $395. 4. Lauryn Bairos, Sweet Dry Hickory, 18.321, $325. 5. Cathy Cagliari, Hope She’s Famous, 18.343, $255. 6. Erin Shipley, Woody, 18.360, $162. 7. Cathy Cagliari, Curly Sue Fame, 18.370, $116. 8. Mary Jo Camera, Marshall, 18.402, $93.

3D: 1. Jackie Healy, Fresnos Blaze, 18.830, $455. 2. Tiffany Richter, Sling Shot, 18.842, $376. 3. JoDawn Silveira, Ginger Spice Delight, 18.843, $336. 4. Lynn Novi, Misty Mixer, 18.852, $277. 5. Jordyn Haile, Miss Holey Terror, 18.861, $218. 6. Roxie Jimenez, Can’t Tell It’s a Secret, 18.862, $138. 7. Deja Vue, Cuz I Got A Secret, 18.879, $99. 8. Marianne Dixon, Blueberry Susan, 18.891, $79.

4D: 1. Jordyn Haile, The Upset, 19.819, $393. 2. Gabby Takash, Cash & Diamonds, 20.017, $327. 3. Alyssa Watkins, Doc’s Southern Jet, 20.068, $292. 4. Erin McClure, Dany, 10.165, $241. 5. Deja Vue, Blushing Freebug, 20.424, $189. 6. Jamie Ackerman, Wood She B Foxy, 20.488, $120. 7. Samantha Bergman, Newby, 20.566, $86. 8. Allie Kimes, Iggy, 20.863, $69.

YOUTH – 16 riders

1D: 1. Christiana Anton, Smooth As Firewater, 17.799, $152. 2D: None. 3D: Jordyn Haile, Miss Holey Terror, 18.861, $80. 2. Deja Vue, Cuz I Got A Secret, 18.879, $53. 4D: 1. Alyssa Watkins, Doc’s Southern Jet, 20.068, $57. 2. Deja Vue, Blushing Freebug, 20.423, $38.

SENIOR – 16 riders

1D: 1. Pamela Scheer, Lucky Fame, 18.309, $91. 2. Gypsy Watson, Busy Jetolena, 18.457, $61. 2D: Kimberli Quinn, Famous Music Maker, 18.918, $80. 2. Shella Dewhurst, Blueprint, 18.941, $53. 3D: 1. Janis Rudy, General Bets Moolah, 19.697, $57. 2. Susie Reese, Miss Destiny Dae, 20.068, $38. 

Miss Clements Jr. Stampede, Joy Anglin, presents awards to winners of the 1D Race. They included Roxie Jimenez, Cassidy Vick for Cheryl Gatz, Joy Anglin, Jordan Ernst, Samantha Dewhurst and Christiana Anton. – Dally A Star Photography

Winners in the 2D Race included Erin Shipley, Lauryn Bairos, Pamela Scheer, Allie Jordan, Miss Clements Jr. Stampede Joy Anglin and Cathy Cagliari. – Dally A Star Photography

Winners of the Senior Division included Kimberli Quinn, Susie Reese, Miss Clements Jr. Stampede Joy Anglin, Gypsy Watson and Pamela Scheer. – Dally A Star Photography

Lil Buckaroos winner was Emma Graham (far left) riding Speedy. Emma graciously shared Speedy with Aubrey Richter, who also placed. Other contestants included Clay Ackerman riding Ruby and Whitney Ehlers riding Smokey. Miss Clements Jr. Stampede presents. – Dally A Star Photography