Story by Lauri Givens (with Christa Conway) Pictures provided by: NPBA and Pixel Worx
Pole Bending Association Championships
The Central Kentucky Ag & Expo welcomed the 2012 National Pole Bending Championship Show to Liberty, Kentucky, June 29,30-July 1, 2012. This was NPBA’s most lucrative show ever, offering over $50,000 in cash and prizes to pole bending horses from around the United States, Canada and Italy. Thanks to Limestone John Deere Tractors and Reveal 4N1 equipment the arena footing proved to be blistering fast as the pole bending horses turned over nineteen second runs the entire weekend. 2010 NPBA 1D Champion, Chuck Givens quoted, “The footing was perfect and the fast times reflected that. When you have great ground, you have a great show! By far the best Championship Pole Bending we’ve ever put on.”
Many familiar faces came back to defend their titles including Troy Priddy and his mare, BW Tiny Jet, The pair did just that in the NPBA Open 3D Pole Bending Championship sponsored by Len Brown’s “The Corrector” Pad, Ross Carnahan, Jerry Barrett, Lucky D Farms and Josh Morton. Troy has been very successful in his ongoing career. He is an AQHA World Champion with multiple top tens at AQHA World Shows and an All American Quarter Horse Congress Champion. He continued
his winning ways by making it look easy posting a 19.973 in the first go, a 19.503 in the second go and winning the average with a 39.476 narrowly skimming by Janis Wagner and Reneoni who finished second in the 1D average with a 39.481. The NPBA Open 2-D was won by Congress winner, Suanne Fields and her horse, Sugar Star Gazer. This team was steady and ready to win all week-end. NPBA Open 3-D was won by Sarah Fackler and Lightining N Diamonds.
Stephanie Marcum Amateur Champions
Dirk Carnahan and Flaming Boogie Bug defended their title in the NPBA “Stephanie Marcum” Amateur Pole Bending for the second time. Dirk posted a 19.849 on Saturday and a 19.671 on Sunday to take the average with a 39.520.
September 2012 issue of The "Fast" Horse Resource