Rifle cowgirl crowned a state champion barrel racer
Rifle’s C.J. Vondette won the open 1D championship at the National Barrel Horse Association’s Colorado State Finals in Eagle on Sept. 24-25.
Jockeying the gray Azure Te-bred gelding named Cache A Mount, Vondette regained the title she also won in 2005, 2006 and 2008.
A winning time of 15.978 seconds on Saturday and a 16.033 second-place finish to her hauling partner, Rifle’s Ronnie Macdonnell, on Sunday set Vondette up for the average win and the open 1D championship.
Her aggregate time of 32.011 set her up solidly for the win, nearly a full second faster than the second-place average finisher, Celia Avaritte of Austin.
Vondette would also place third in the open 2D average aboard her young horse, Flash. She was a few positions out of a paycheck in the open 2D on Saturday but made up for it on Sunday by taking second in that division. Her aggregate time was 33.206, just tenths behind the 2D average winner’s 33.027, which was posted by Crystal Williams of De Beque.
Macdonnell, the 2009 open 1D champion, had trouble with a downed barrel on Saturday, taking her out of contention in the average aboard her rookie sensation, Amareen. Coming back with a vengeance on Sunday, Macdonnell took home the open 1D win and the fast time award for the weekend.
Silt’s Sydney Surin, an open and youth competitor, won the open 2D aboard Zans Sugar Chick on Saturday. She would also finish second in the youth 1D.
On Sunday, she was second in the Youth 2D on Zans Baby Chick. Hit barrels took her out of title contention in the average.
Mary Satterfield of Parachute finished fourth in the open 3D on Sunday. She was sixth in the open 3D average aboard homegrown Paint Honey’s on Fire.
Parachute’s Mary Anderson, the current NBHA Colorado District 4 director, was fourth in the open 4D on Sunday. Anderson won the senior 3D Saturday. She finished second in the open 4D average with her composite time of 36.311.
New Castle’s Jeanne Jolley finished fifth in open 4D average aboard Lightning Assets.
Terry Mahaney ended up sixth in open 4D average, riding an Image of Holly.
Youth competitor Allie Beasley or Parachute took fourth in the youth 3D average.
Amy Beasley, Allie’s mom and leader of her cheering section, won the open 4D on Sunday.
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