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November 7-22, 2014, Oklahoma City

Senior Barrel Racing

Bars Sweet Legacy wins first open world championships for herself, her owner and her rider.

Bars Sweet Legacy and Chad Crider

Bars Sweet Legacy and Chad Crider

You might say that a kid’s horse won senior barrel racing at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.

That’s because owner Johnna Dobbs of Jonesboro, Arkansas, intended Bars Sweet Legacy for her 9-year-old daughter, Dylan.

“Chad (Crider) found this little mare, and when we finally bought her, we had one month left to qualify her,” Johnna said. “It’s been really quick and exciting. She’s a sweet little mare who gives her heart every time she runs.”

Bars Sweet Legacy is a 2000 bay mare by Rare Bar and out of Sheeza Cash Legacy by Cash Legacy. She was bred by Colorado Boys Ranch Foundation of La Junta, Colorado. She was the oldest horse in the senior barrel racing finals November 9 at the Jim Norick Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Chad, who hails from Huntingdon, Tennessee, and “Tink” were the fourth-fastest qualifiers out of the preliminaries. In the finals, the ground was fast and the horses were faster, with the times dropping as each horse ran. An excited crowd whooped harder with each 1,000th second dropped.

“I was just trying to get a nice clean run and maybe end up in the top five,” Chad said. “That was really my goal, the top four or five. It was a really tough finals. The ground was really fast and good tonight, and I’m pretty proud of her.”

In the stands, Johnna was holding her breath with each barrel. When Chad and Tink swept back past the clock eye and out of the arena, the timer flashed 15.857, the fastest time of the night.

Johnna screamed, the crowd roared and Chad was doing the math in his head to figure out whether the cumulative time from the preliminaries would be good enough for the win.

“I was thinking top three at that point,” he said.

Chad, 36, is no stranger to world championships. His youth career included world championships in barrel racing and pole bending in 1996, and reserve world championships in barrel race and stake race in 1995. He was reserve world champion in barrel racing in 1993.

The win November 9 was his first open win.

“Oh, man, it’s a great feeling,” Chad said. “I’ve been showing here since I was 15, so I’ve been wanting one of these gold trophies for a long time.”

Johnna, meanwhile, has had her eye on the big buckle, and she’s hoping to win another soon.

She and Tink are entered in amateur barrel racing November 10.

And as for Dylan -- well, she'll get her horse back next year.

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