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Bringing It Home

Courtesy the June 9, 2015, Barrel Racing Report

The B. Tuff Barrel Race and Futurity proved to be a great event for Jason Alders and Strait Money Honey, who left the Winona, Minnesota event with the futurity win. Jason and his home-raised 5-year-old bay tobiano mare by Strait Firewater and out of Allisons Dun Honey (QH) collected the open futurity average title with a combined time on two of 30.565.

Jason and “Moe” had a good, smooth run in round one, which placed them second in the round.

“She inhaled the first barrel and had a really nice second barrel as well. We stepped off the third barrel a little on the backside, but she ran home pretty hard for such a little horse. We posted a time of 15.369, which won us second in the first round,” Jason explained.

Prior to the weekend, Jason had sent her to their trainer after their May futurity, where he and Moe won 5th in the average.

“I hadn’t ridden her in over a month since I sent her back to our trainer after the futurity in May,” Jason said. “A friend of ours hauled her down to Winona on Friday night so I could get a feel for her again and make sure she had a chance to get in the arena before the first round of the futurity since she had never been there before.”

For their final run on Sunday, Jason was feeling some nerves.

“I was a little nervous on Sunday. With the reverse order, I ran right away on Sunday,” Jason said. “I wanted to make sure that I didn’t drive her too hard into the first and kept my hands quiet. I was also hoping that she would run within one- to two-tenths of her run on Saturday.”

With another great run with three smooth turns, Jason and Moe posted a time of 15.196, which was again good enough for second in the second round. After the times were tallied, it was announced that Jason would be taking home the championship.

“Winona was the third stop for the NRF Tour–Minnesota Futurity that is produced by Erin Bayer and Sue Craig. They produced a great futurity! It was also a Breeder’s Incentive Futurity, which made it even better since Moe’s sire, Strait Firewater, was a breeder’s stallion,” Jason said.

Jason and Moe left Winona with $2,504 in total earnings, along with a beautiful saddle.

“That was the first saddle that I have ever won, so I was beyond thrilled and proud of Moe,” Jason said.


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