Battle in the Saddle 2022… what a weekend!
We want to thank every one of you who came out to support Safe Harbor & Battle in the Saddle. We had another amazing year, despite the weather not wanting to cooperate with us. With all of the support from our amazing sponsors and competitors we were able to raise $37,710.21!
New this year was two days of awesome pole bending competition. We were able to watch top notch competitors and their horses turn in blazing fast times. We had a total of 144 runs over the two days and paid out $7,104. Congratulations to our Average Winners; 1D – Josh Morton, 2D – Jaelyn Cooper, & 3D Amanda Ervin. We plan to have Pole Bending back for 2023 and have some really cool things in the works for next year as well!
Our Young Guns competition was nothing short of amazing. Seeing these kids giving it all they have is nothing less than impressive. Friday night Darcy Dement set the pace in the Young Guns class which rolled over into the Open. Her and her horse, Hel on Socks, ended up winning 2nd in the Open with a 14.825. Saturday and Sunday’s Young Guns winner, Kanely Cooper, followed in Darcy’s footsteps winning the Young Guns each day and then placing 2nd in the Open both days as well. It is safe to say that these kids are definitely “gunning” for the first when they enter into the arena.
Young Guns Average winners were 1D - Kanely Cooper, 2D – Madelyn Gregory, 3D – Sara Bryn Chambers.
Open Barrels had a total of 971 entries even with the not-so-great weather we were handed. Friday night’s win went to Darby Toole on Spit N Fire with a 14.758. Saturday’s round win went to the one and only, Billy Hatzman on Honor Bounds Ghost. Sunday Sierra Waldrep & Lordy Hez Dashin clinched the win being the last runner of the weekend. They ran a 14.443 to change things up for everyone. Goes to prove that it all comes down to that final horse.
Open Average winners were 1D – Kanely Cooper on Red Native Dunit, 2D – Denise Evans on Famous Rolling Stone, 3D – Peggy Pulley on Gunner and 4D – Tylee Tummins on Jessie.
Total Payout for BITS 2022 was $81,233.50 plus awards. Total Entries – 1,745 (Young Guns, Open, Sidepots, Poles)
We cannot thank our sponsors enough for all they do for Battle in the Saddle. Without them our shows would not continue to happen. If you have a chance to thank them, please do…
D&S Builders, Tennessee Tractor, LLC, IGA Insurance, Nationwide Insurance, Tractor Supply, The Drag Queen Arena Drag – Randy Price, Jim & Sue Oaks, Paul Bailey, KT Produce, Netgain, Donald Roberts, Maxine & Bill Shirk, OakTenn, WASCO, Sun Electric, Barry & Maria Jenkins, David & Lynn Elkins, Kyle & Jamie Bennett, Benjamin & Jennifer Woodby, Linda & James Williams, Salon OC, Janice & Jerry Clark, Church Weber, Shawn Gallant, and the Mitchell Family.
To our ground crew who are some of the best in the business, THANK YOU! Thank you for keeping the ground safe and consistent all weekend. You all put so much care into making sure we have the best footing possible, and the times turned in prove that to be true. Travis Childress, John Osborne, Maddox Pinner, & Rodney Ervin thank you for the long hours this past weekend.
Thank you to Brent Puhl for the countless hours behind the camera and for having the webcast for everyone to watch. Please support our photographer and be sure to purchase your favorite pictures from this weekend!
To all of our vendors thank you for being with us. If you weren’t able to snag up some good deals this weekend, be sure to catch up with all of them on Facebook. There was something for everyone there and we hope to have all of you back next year!
Thank you to JHA Saddle & Tack for once again providing a 5 Star Pad for our raffle! Congrats to the winner as well.
To the Agricenter Showplace Staff we thank you for letting us use your facility once again. Thank you for all the help you provide to our show staff and competitors.
Tennessee Tractor where do we even begin! With the world we are living in currently finding tractors can be a challenge, but you all saved the day by having 3 John Deere’s there for our use. Just as the show couldn’t run without sponsors, it definitely couldn’t go on without tractors. If anyone is in the market for a new tractor be sure to give Tennessee Tractor in Somerville, TN a shot at helping you find what you are looking for.
Thank you Randy Price with Drag Queen Arena Drags for the use of your equipment. If you are in the market for a new arena drag visit www.dqdrags.com to see which model would be best for you!
Thank you as well to Ralph Feathers for the use of your arena drags.
Thank you to all who donated a cake for the cake auction and to those who purchased one. Those were some delicious goodies to have to make things even sweeter at the barrel race.
To our show staff thank you, thank you for the long hours and the work before and after the show that no one else sees. It’s not an easy job but we are so thankful that you work so hard to make our show the best it can be.
2023 will be the 10-year Anniversary for Battle in the Saddle. We are already working on plans for next year and this will be a show you will not want to miss. Mark your calendars for Jan 13 – 15, 2023.
Again, thank you for your continued support. The barrel racing community is amazing, and we are so thankful for each person that comes to our shows.