When Teresa Watson of Nowata, Oklahoma, started participating in APHA’s Paint Barrel Racing Incentive Program, she thought it was a great opportunity to earn some extra cash aboard her Paint Horses. She never thought, however, that she’d be crowned PBRIP’s 2014 year-end champion and walk away with cash and prizes that include one year’s use of a Short-Go Series trailer, courtesy of APHA Corporate Partner Hart Trailers.
“I was just interested in doing the PBRIP sidepots. I really didn’t know what was going to go on with the year-end awards,” Teresa said. “It just worked out, and I’m really excited that my horse won the trailer.”
Teresa finished first and second in the PBRIP year-end standings with her two Paints. Nates Skipster, 2004 black tobiano gelding by Hallucinator and out of Skip Along Nichole (QH), earned 115 PBRIP points for the year-end championship—for the win they took home $1,000 and one year’s use of the Hart Short-Go Series trailer. Ez Jet Express, a 2009 black tobiano gelding by Lucky Bug Pilgrim and out of Expressive Clabbers (QH) earned 106 PBRIP points last year to finish second overall.
To learn more about Teresa and her Paints’ journey to the top of the PBRIP standings, gallop on over to MyFlashyRide.com/news.
More than 250 barrel racers earned points through PBRIP in 2014. The program rewarded its top four participants in 2014 with payouts from a $2,500 bonus pool. Full results are available online; the top four exhibitors were:
- Teresa Watson and Nates Skipster: $1,000—115 PBRIP points
- Teresa Watson and EZ Jet Express: $750—105 PBRIP points
- Amanda Risner and Treasuredtoothousand: $500 —59 PBRIP points
- Lisa Mullinax and Bo Ringo: $250—56 PBRIP points
PBRIP year-end awards will be presented March 28 in conjunction with the $17,000 Big Barrel Blow-Out, presented by PBRIP sponsor Twin Lakes Covered Arena in Fairfield, Texas. The event runs March 26-29 and features a $5,000 added PBRIP 5D barrel race, in addition to a number of other Open added-money barrel races. To learn more, visit twinlakesarena.com.
“Congratulations to all of our PBRIP winners in making PBRIP ‘s first year a success,” PBRIP Director Karen Utecht said. “We thank you for your participation in making 2014 a great PBRIP year and look forward to a great 2015!”
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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.
The Paint Barrel Racing Incentive Program made its debut in 2013 and is designed to bridge the gap between APHA and barrel racers who run Paints by making it easier for speed-enthusiasts to be involved in the association without having to attend traditional breed shows. PBRIP brings the breed to APHA members at barrel racing events nationwide by adding money to sidepots specifically for those enrolled in the program. To learn more about PBRIP, find events near you and to get enrolled, visit pbrip.com.