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Old Fort Days Barrel Races

A 2012 AQHA world champion is now $29,489.67 richer after winning the Old Fort Days Derby.

By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal
May 28, 2013

Slick By Design and Jennifer Epps-Sharp

Slick By Design was the junior barrel racing world champion with Jennifer Epps-Sharp in 2012. This year, he won the Old Fort Days Derby for owners Charlie Cole and Jason Martin. (Journal photo)

Just days after the end of the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show, one of the world champions changed hands.

AQHA Professional Horsemen Charlie Cole and Jason Martin of Pilot Point, Texas, just had to have the junior barrel racing winner, Slick By Design, the product of Allene Tatom’s first try at breeding American Quarter Horses.

“I watched him in the prelims,” Charlie says, “and I texted Jason that I had never seen a horse that fast.”

On May 25, “Slick” repaid Charlie and Jason’s faith in him by winning the Old Fort Days Derby at Fort Smith, Arkansas for a $29,489.67 check.

“It was a nice payday,” Charlie says, adding that the horse had surgery right after the World Show. “He had only been running about seven weeks before Fort Smith.”

Michele McLeod of Whitesboro, Texas, has been jockeying Slick for Jason and Charlie. She’s currently 26th in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing standings, with a good chance to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this year.

“She’s riding my old horse (Moss Me Moe) as backup, and she can save Slick for the bigger rodeos,” Charlie says.

Slick By Design is a 2007 black stallion by Designer Red and out of Dreams Of Blue by Dream On Dancer.

Many barrel racing horses are from the Dash Ta Fame bloodlines, and Charlie thinks Slick, a grandson of On The Money Red, will be a nice outcross on those mares.

“We’ve already bred him some this year,” Charlie says. “We’ve had a lot of barrel racers bring their nice mares to him.”

Old Fort Days bills itself as the world’s richest barrel futurity and derby, with the lion’s share of the money going to the futurity winner, BT Buddy Stinson, owned by Bridget Thomas of Combine, Texas, and ridden by Mark Bugni.

BT Buddy Stinson is a 2009 bay stallion by Eddie Stinson and out of Scored Big Time by Even The Score. He was bred by C.R. Hebert of Kaplan, Louisiana.

The horse has nine AQHA barrel racing points, and the Old Fort Days win gives him a paycheck of $62,583.60.