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Barrel racer walks away with one year trailer lease By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye More than 1,400 runs occurred over the course of the Don Laing Trailer Winter barrel racing series, which culminated in a final showdown April 17 at the ag event centre. Winner Dee Millard, from Innisfail, walked away with a one-year lease on a three-horse Charmac trailer. The Alberta Barrel Racing Association event had competitors from all over Alberta and main sponsor Inger Laing enjoyed supporting the series. “Because this was an event that was put in as extra…And because I believe in the building.” She feels it is better for kids to be barrel racing rather than “out there doing something else.” Laing enjoys supporting events such as this but

wants to also support the ag event centre. Her hope is the building will become busier over time, build a name for itself such as the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Man. “I think it’s a really good venue to have in this town.” “I would like to see other events besides horse shows to mix it up a little,” added Laing. There were 14 race dates for competitors and points were given to the top four races of each day. In the 1D category, first place received 40 points, second place had 30, 20 for third and 10 for fourth. The 2D and 3D categories received 35 points for first, 25 for second, 15 for third and five for fourth place. As an extra challenge points were doubled on the last night.

“All I knew was that I had to make the fastest run that I could” - Dena Millard Sherry Gummow, vice-president of the PAECS board of directors enjoyed seeing the racers and Laing supporting the series. “It keeps people coming to the building, it keeps people involved.” High point winner Millard was doing well right from the start of the series and was 80 points ahead when she had to take a trip to the Northwest Territories for two weeks. “When I got back I was tied with Kayley Blair for the lead.” She had to keep focused on completing each run and doing that as quickly as possible. The competition changed speed when officials announced the last day would give those who placed twice the amount of points. “There was six or seven people that likely could have won it,” added Millard. “All I knew

was that I had to make the fastest run that I could.” Her mare, Lightning, has been racing well in the last few weeks and Millard just placed eighth in a pro rodeo in Medicine Hat recently. “She’s a little horse but she’s got a big heart,” she stated. The trailer is planning to see lots of use as Millard and her daughter also travel to rodeos around the province. She also sells barrel horses and feels the trailer will make their horses look so much better. “We’re going to try and wear it out,” she joked. Millard thanked the promoters of the winter series and Don Laing Trailers for the win.

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Pam Havens on Catty looks at the final barrel during the last night of the Don Laing Winter Trailer series. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Shelly Manning on her horse Magic keeps her eye on the barrel during the last night of the Don Laing Winter Trailer series.

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Inger Laing presents the one year lease on a Don Laing Trailer April 17 at the ag event centre to Dena Millard with Lightning who won the high point. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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