A Journey to Success!
Congratulations to Eastern Classic Grand
Champion Jamie Lenzner and her
horse, A Gift of Honor, above with
Sharon and Storme Camarillo Robbins.
Every run we make may not be a winning run, however, every run we make should serve as a milestone in our journey to success. Contestants from seven states converged in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to celebrate the 14th Annual Camarillo Eastern Barrel Racing Classic competition racing for cash and awards in the three run average.
The Camarillo Classic format was established in 1990 to simulate a real-life National Finals Barrel Racing experience for students who had completed a Camarillo Clinic. The event includes check-in gifts and product coupons, top notch awards, a riders reception and grand entry, coupled with fun, family, friends and the opportunity to achieve personal bests under a competitive atmosphere.
The biggest learning opportunity comes in honoring consistent performance. Similar to the National Finalists who have to manage 10 go rounds of competition, the Classic contestants just have to manage three go rounds for a chance to move into the Winners Circle of great average prizes. Setting one's sights on consistent performance versus the current philosophy of “show all you know in one go,” makes each competitor realize the difficult task our top NFR competitors face on their journey to World and NFR championships! As an educator and a former National Finalist, I have enjoyed presenting a unique platform that allows each rider at their personal level of competition to showcase their skills and honor the stars of their program, their horses, in exchange for cash and awards.
Over $7,000 in door prizes were drawn and distributed during the Friday evening reception. Thanks to our contestants and their families generous donations, $1,250 was raised for the National Military Family Association charity under the Wrangler National Patriot program, designed to acknowledge and honor our military for their sacrifices in this unsettled world. First Go Round checks were also distributed to all Divisions, which uniquely are paid out in even money in each division, with no discrimination between our 1D-4D students. Thank you to Priefert and Wrangler for their contributions to our added money.
Special acknowledgment to our 1D Grand Champion, Wausau, Wisconsin Cowgirl Jamie Lenzner, riding A Gift of Honor. The pair bested the field with a total average time of 44.257, taking the 1D Courts saddle and matching breast collar, Ice Vibe modality horse boots from Horseware Ireland, Equithrive Joint Supplement and Exceed Certificate compliments of MVP. Jamie’s outstanding and consistent weekend performance also won her the coveted “In Pursuit of Excellence Award,” a monogrammed horse blanket and hood from Horseware Ireland, given to the fastest time recipient of the contest.
The 2D Court saddle, sponsored by Black Hawk College went to Wisconsin’s Sherri Wright riding Go Go Fuel. The third of three Wisconsin contestants to take divisional Court saddle championships, Sue Albrecht, riding MP Red Hot Deniro won the 3D Saddle and Dawn Hasz from Rochelle, Illinois took the 4D. This was Dawn’s second 4D win, riding Post Ta Dash, a horse she bred and trained herself. Along with the Court’s Saddle and matching breast collar the 2D-4D Champions were also awarded an Exceed Certificate and Equithrive Joint Supplement.
Thanks to Team Camarillo's Eastern Classic Staff: General Manager Suzanne Lee, Sue Albrecht, Pam Bound, Kim Ford, Scott VanderElsen, Butch Wortner and announcer Scott Johnson. Thank you to Team Camarillo Instructors: Cristina Borregales, Donna Irvin and Storme Camarillo Robbins for being available to assist and aid riders in their pursuit of fast and consistent performance, and to Team Black Hawk: Marlee Gensler, Allison Grossett, Elise Rollins and Olivia Quinton for taking care of every detail from decorating the arena to organizing door prizes.
Run times are posted on the Sharon Camarillo Classic Facebook page.
The 15th Annual Eastern Classic is scheduled for October 21-23, 2016. Contestants are eligible for Camarillo Classic competitions by attending a Camarillo Better Barrel Racing Clinic. The 2016 Clinic Schedule is online now.
For more highlights and the Winners Circle group photo, click here.