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Ride like the Wind

The top Paint barrel racers turned and burned their way into the Paint Barrel Racing Incentive Program’s 2015 year-end standings. Throughout the year, competitors accumulated points at PBRIP-approved barrel races across the country in the hopes of taking home one of four prize saddles and cash bonuses. 

Karen Orman of Des Moines, Iowa, and Dalts Superman Design earned the 2015 High-Point PBRIP title, in addition to topping the PBRIP 2D and 3D standings. Karen and “Doodle” earned 77 points to clinch the titles—including 34 points in the 2D and 36 points in 3D events; for their efforts, they take home two Elite Custom Saddles, a trophy breast collar, Gist Silversmiths championship buckle and APHA year-end money.

Doodle is a 2008 sorrel tobiano stallion by Designer Red (QH) and out of Ima Bit Easy; he was bred by the Ormans and trained by Karen’s son, Marc. Karen says the stallion’s registered name holds special meaning for her family.

“I bought the mare bred, and my grandson Dalton went with me. He was really excited about possibly having a Paint colt. We lost Dalton before the colt was born; he was killed in a car accident,” Karen said. “Dalton was always fond of Superman, so that’s how he got his name. We think he was meant to stay with us.”

Karen enjoys Doodle’s easy-going disposition at home and barrel races.

“He’s very broke; you can do other things with him. You can ride him anywhere or move cattle on him. He’s really laid back and easy to get along with. He’s just a big baby,” Karen said. “He’s usually not really scared of anything. He’s more curious to go up and look at it and see what it is.” 

PBRIP is designed to provide barrel racers with a way to be part of APHA regardless of where they compete by adding money to special sidepots just for Paints enrolled in the program. PBRIP events can also be used to qualify for the APHA World Championship Show, where the best of the best battle it out for more than $10,000 in prize money in addition to exciting prizes and world championship titles.

Based on the 4D system, the winner in each PBRIP year-end division takes home an Elite Custom Saddle from APHA’s new official performance saddle partner. First- and second-place winners in each division also earned their share of $2,500 year-end money provided by APHA.

Karen sees a big future for Doodle and the PBRIP program. A competitor since the beginning of the program in 2013, Karen finished in the Top 10 overall in 2014 and has won the PBRIP Barrel Bash Series 2D for the last two years. 

“PBRIP has been really fun, and I think it’ll grow,” Karen said. “We keep telling people we know that have Paints to get them entered!”   

Congratulations to the following top-placing PBRIP Paints and their connections for 2015:


1. Shez One Slick Angel, owned and ridden by Melinda Houttuin
2. Magnolia Kit Kat, ridden by Jennifer Bruno, owned by Jennifer Bruno and Brock Merriman
3. Winter Apache, owned and ridden by Robin Randle
4. EZ Jet Express, owned and ridden by Montie Ledford
5. First Fire Frost, ridden by Kylee Scribner, owned by Kristy Scribner


1. Dalts Superman Design, ridden by Karen Orman, owned by Marc Orman
2. Hez Aces Maverick, owned and ridden by Abigail DePriest
3. Hit The Fast Fanny, owned and ridden by Crystal Bailey
4. Colonel Tatoos Socks, owned and ridden by Rejane Blackwell
5. Primetime Lexus, owned and ridden by Jean Hovan


1. Dalts Superman Design, ridden by Karen Orman, owned by Marc Orman
2. LLP Susies Witch, owned and ridden by Belinda Wheeler
3. Hesararetreasure, owned and ridden by Eileen Wall
4. Alone N Dirty, owned and ridden by Kate Howland
5. Melodys Coco Rose, owned and ridden by Maty Bagley


1. Bo Ringo, owned and ridden by Lisa Mullinax
2. Smokin Guns N Roses, ridden by Lori Buschbacher, owned by Justin and Lori Buschbacher
3. TJS Flashy Spot, owned and ridden by Jeanette Meissinger
4. Timeto Go Twist, owned and ridden by Jessica Reynolds
5. Rockbottomrudeboy, owned and ridden by Billie Ruth Hankins

 To learn more about PBRIP and to get involved, visit pbrip.com or contact program director Karen Utecht at 817-222-6444.


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