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The Camarillo 2016 Western Classic
Celebrates 25 years of Fun and Fast Times!

1D Award Winners
Congratulations to Fastest Time of the Classic
award winner Donna Irvin (above left),
Grand Champion Anna Montagano (right of Sharon)
and the other 1D award winners of the Western Classic!

Silver and Purple were the theme colors for the 25th Camarillo Western Barrel Racing Classic with what some contestants called the best Classic ever! Donna Irvin from Team Camarillo and Black Hawk College traveled the farthest from Galva, Illinois and was rewarded with the “In Pursuit of Excellence Award” presented in memory of my favorite horse Seven, by setting the fast time of 17.584 in round one. Donna also finished 3rd in the 1D Average riding her Frenchman bred six year-old gelding T-Bird. Other special awards were given to 4D Champion Brenda Simlick in memory of Kalyn Brooks, former Classic 4D Champion and Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductee. Pamela Miller was the Target Race Champion with a tight .005 second separating her first two runs. Junior race winner was Vanessa Madsen and the Senior Division was won by Anna Montagano. The Appreciation Award was presented to Diane Carter.

Anna Montagano
Grand Champion Anna Montagano
aboard Carring on Legacy (Bam).

For the second year in a row, Nevada Cowgirl Anna Montagano won the Grand Championship riding Carrying on Legacy, by CB Flirting with Nick. This filly is appropriately named as representing Anna's back-to-back wins and her consistent performance to carry her once again to the 2016 Grand Championship.

Anna's remarkable four year-old mare, affectionately known as Bam, is already a futurity standout in her own right. Anna and Carrying on Legacy will travel in December back to Oklahoma for the prestigious BFA Futurity competition where they competed in the Juvenile division last year.

With her signature enthusiasm and consistent performance, the 2D was won by Sharra Deniz, popular owner and producer of Run2Win, aboard her seven year-old gelding Blazen Red Firewater. The 3D was won by Jessica Crump riding her five year-old gelding Cooper who also gives credit to her family for their “amazing” support and to her parents for helping her to “be the best I can be.” The 4D was won by Brenda Simlick aboard Classy Fritz, a family raised and trained seven year-old mare. Brenda’s dad, Bob Pelton, was also entered in the Classic reminding us how important family involvement is to the success of our event.

With over $50,000 in awards, door prizes and cash payout, a Riders Reception celebrating the rich history of the 25-year event included a photos essay celebration of past champions and Cowgirl Hall of Fame videos of Kalyn Brooks documenting her remarkable life. We topped Saturday night with 180 riders in the Run2Win/$1,500 added jackpot.

The Classic was full of excitement for all to enjoy a great weekend of fun, family and great competition. A special acknowledgment to all of our Gold and Silver Sponsors, who through their donations provided ample payouts in each go round and Awards through the 8th place.

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Western Classic on July 21-23, same venue, and check in at our website often for an updated schedule of clinics and events in your area.

Run times can be requested by Emailing our General Manager Debbie Wood, or viewed on the Sharon Camarillo Classic Facebook page. Please log on to Action Plus Digital Photography to view and purchase photos.

For more photos and the full story, click here to visit Western Classic Highlights!


Visit Sharon's online superstore to purchase products designed and endorsed by Sharon Camarillo!

Items offered are products that Sharon incorporates into her personal training, equine care and management, and western lifestyle.

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Our 2016 Clinic Schedule is online and we have added Horse Fairs and Classic dates to the schedule for your convenience.

Be sure to check back for clinic updates and additions throughout the coming year.

For a review of Clinic descriptions, please click below:

General Information

Books and DVDs

Have your ordered your copy of Sharon's latest book "Barrel Racing For Fun and Fast Times?"

Visit this section of the website for more information and complete descriptions of all of Sharon's books and DVD's.

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Highlights are now online for the 25th Anniversary of the Sharon Camarillo Western Classic, July 22-24, 2016 in Corning, California. Mark your calendars for the 15th Annual Eastern Classic, October 21-23, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Entry information will be online soon.

Please click here to view the full Western Classic Highlights and featured photos.

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Power of Self TalkWhere There’s a Will features articles by Jim Will, Ph.D., a sports psychologist dedicated to enhancing your performance and life. Changing your self-image can change your life.

How do your attitudes affect you? See Dr. Will's latest entry on Become Aware of What You're Saying to Yourself.

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