by: Deb Mann

Deven Warren had an idea many months ago- he wanted to see what would happen if he put on a Futurity and Derby here in the Porterville area. Would sponsors be into it, and would Futurity and Derby riders support it? The answer was a resounding YES! So many great folks stepping up to sponsor 9 saddles, 9 buckles, and a huge array of equine based goodies that delighted all who won them!

Pony Race Winner Rachel Dice

Preparations started immediately, and the hard work, hours, and dedication of the whole DWPH Crew showed when everyone started showing up the Thursday before this 3 day event. The warmup race had almost 100 entries, pretty good for a non Holiday Friday race that started at 4PM. Ground was great, food was appropriately festive and delicious, and plenty of vendors on the lawn in vendor village! Then after the race, all were treated to a Cinco de Mayo Costume Contest, complete with Caballos Pequenos, (Pony Races)! We died laughing, and the winners Rachel Dice and Harley Allen, (a tie that would not break!), were awarded a $50 prize.

Pony Race Winner Frito Bandito aka Harley Allen

Saturday morning dawned cool but comfy, and the Futurity got under way. Amazing and talented teams just kept coming until finally we had quite a winning line up of the next generation of barrel horses. Results are all at www.RodeoGo.com

First day’s Futurity Super Star was DH Zipper Girl, owned and ridden by Taylor Rogers. The two turned in a smooth 16.533 to take the first Day of Futurity Competition. Sunday’s Futurity belonged to Vicky Cook and Carmel Macchiato with a 16.535!

Kathy Petska

The Derby was wiped out both days by our Kathy Petska and Bet on This Lion, with a 16.323 on Saturday and a smoking 16.216 on Sunday! Needless to say, that also took the Open Average, and I can’t think of a nicer person to have that much talent and luck!!!

Fast time of the weekend honors went to Leah Baize and Nick’s Star Player in the Open on Saturday. 16.112 is a new arena record on this new arena layout – it was indeed a sight to behold! Roman flatly astounds everyone when he is in the zone.

Each day of the weekend boasted 250 Open entries. Sunday was won by Sami Jo Morisoli and CM Legasy, running 16.243!

Angie Hardin

We had 38 Derby and 41 Futurity entries each day, but we were still done before dark! DWPH Crew, as well as absolutely countless VOLUNTEERS from Tractor Driving, (go Robert Bird and Randy Baldwin), to Barrel Setters, Gate Guards, extra Office Help, Parking and Stall custodians- the list goes on and on, but please know each and every one of you is profoundly appreciated!

We added a Pee Wee Race on Sunday morning that was won by an adorable little Logan Busick, but they were all winners from what I saw in fun toys heaped on the prize table. I also know, in keeping with the Cinco De Mayo Theme, that we had a pin the tail on the donkey, and a Pinata that didn’t get broken. WHAT A WEEKEND! Total Payout? $46,400.00 and change! All results can be found online at www.RodeoGo.com

Vicky Cook

This exciting endeavor would never have gotten off the ground without our generous SPONSORS: The Equine Spa & Wellness Center, Zacher Automotive Recycling Inc., Konda Family Farms, First Down French, Dash Ta Payday, Brand N’ Crew, Maile Morehart, Envie Boutique, Lewis Luther Construction, Kings River Tractor, Jayme Bednarek, Central Coast Trailers, Goforth Equine G4 Energy, MD Spa, Marie Rogers Century 21 Jordan Link, Tiffs Rockin Soul, Got Nickers Embroidery, Revival Antiquez, Platinum Home Mortgage, OE Nutraceuticals, DYNAMIC EQUIPEUTICS, Wendy Foster, Ken & Gail Foster, Ron & Betty Grohl, RhineStone Cowgirl Tack & Apparel, Anita Ellison, Rigid Corral, Gina Aubrey, The Right Lane Consulting Services, Rustic Daisy Boutique, Teresa Hill, Brett & Christy Ward, Christana Richman, Sheena Robbins, Rene Dan Jet Syndicate, Teri & Paul Deutsch, Cheryl & Keith Malady, Carissa Miller, Jody Reese Designs, Cristie Gonzales, Double Shot Darlin Photography, C-N Quarter Horses, Darcy & Daniel Pires, Carolyn Mendes Training Stables, AOK Art & Design, Jessi Ellis, Mike & Paty Raine, Wesney Family, Colony Mortgage, Carolyn Reeves Century 21 Jordan-Link, TillyThrives, Shining M Ranch, Rockin JR Ranch, Kelly Hale, and Krystie Hinkle Custom Frames. Please give them a shout out either by snail mail or at least a media post. You just don’t accomplish what happened at the First Annual, (Yes, Deven is already planning for next year May 4-6, 2018), FIESTA FUTURITY without many many souls willing to pour their support into what was an unforgettable experience for all!

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