Tuesday, April 28, 2009
We spent most of last week in Oklahoma City for the BBR Finals. Danielle had qualified on two horses to run in this barrel race. We loaded up Mia and Dee and headed North. First of all let me say that Destry Fleming puts on one heck of a barrel race. Upon arrival we were met outside the barns by Quinn, who pulled up in his golf cart and promptly unloaded all of the horsey supplies and headed off to the barns to help get the stalls set up. We've been to quite a few big shows and have never had the valet service upon check in....it was wonderful. By the second day Quinn was most likely wishing he had never laid eyes on Danielle and her friend Kara. Anytime they had a problem, they were off to find there trusty friend Quinn. Setting up the fans in the stalls was probably the most painful job for poor Quinn, he had to boost Danielle up to reach the outlet to plug in the fan, Quinn must have overlooked the spurs on Danielle's boots but found out about them soon enough when they were jabbed into his gut....can you say "ouch" Quinn sure did !! By the time we left Quinn was probably kicking himself for not taking the $20.00 I wanted to give him on the 1st day. Don't let their innocent smiles fool you, these two are ruthless!!!
Mia did well, but not as well as Dee. She was the one I expected to shine and although she put her best into she just seemed a little out of sorts.
Dee on the other hand shocked us all! His first one was pretty good, he ran a 17.1 but didn't really open up between the barrels, but heck it was a clean run so we'll take it! Only problem was he apparently didn't see the closed gate at the end of the alley on the way out and rammed through it scaring Dad and the gate man to death! Mind you this was after he had been hit by a truck that was speeding along in reverse down the alley between the barns. Can you say "chiropractor" Dee has an appointment on Thursday to see Dr. Marr. Although, he seems no worse for wear. He came back and ran a 16.9 in his second run and they were only out of the short go by 2 runners!!!!
Here is one of my favorite scenes from the trip, I had Dan pull over on the highway to get this shot of the Oklahoma River with downtown Oklahoma City in the background.
And here are a few from Bricktown, all the buildings are made from Oklahoma's famous "Red Dirt" as it was the most plentiful and cheapest resource they had when building the city in the early 1900's.