Since its inception in 2013, the Ram Trucks Paint Barrel Racing Incentive Program has exploded in popularity, drawing participants from all corners of the country as well as some of the biggest names in the barrel horse world.
Barrel racing luminary Martha Josey of Karnack, Texas, will be offering Paint-only sidepots at her signature events in 2016: the, Josey Ranch Reunion, which takes place April 29–May 1, and the Josey Jr. World Barrel Race, which takes place May 6–8 at Josey Ranch in Karnack, Texas. More than 1,000 contestants are expected between the two events, where competitors will battle it out for their share of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.
“With this year being our 50th anniversary of teaching barrel racing and roping clinics at the ranch, we wanted to make our two largest events special for everyone,” Martha said. “We are looking forward to having the Paint Barrel Racing Incentive Program at our events, and we’re excited to see some of the fastest Paint Horses in the country run in our arena.”
Martha says Ram PBRIP is a positive step forward for Paint barrel racers around the world.
“Over the years we have had many Paint Horses at the ranch participating in the clinics and races. R.E. Josey and I want to encourage all barrel racers to take advantage of this program,” Martha said. “We appreciate the American Paint Horse Association for providing more opportunities in the barrel racing industry.”
Acclaimed barrel racer Lance Graves of Hartshorne, Oklahoma, agrees Ram PBRIP adds considerable opportunities for Paint Horses competing in barrel racing. Lance earned his 20th career world championship title in Open Solid Paint-bred Barrel Racing at the 2015 APHA World Championship Show aboard LLP Susies Witch, a 2008 solid palomino mare by Streakin Again (QH) and out of Go Too Susie, owned by Belinda Wheeler of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; Belinda and her mare were stars in PBRIP in 2015 as well, finishing second overall in the 3D.
“I have to applaud APHA for the PBRIP program, and I applaud APHA for adding those solid-bred classes; I came back to the World Show because of the renewed support of solid-bred horses.” Lance said. “I think PBRIP is a very positive thing for all of us in the industry. For that, my hat’s off to APHA.”
Hear more about Lance’s world championship run in the interview below.
Want to enroll in PBRIP? Visit apha.com/pbrip for a complete list of rules, events near you and more!
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