High Stakes Barrel Race raises the bar

“The caliber of cowgirls and horses that were in this event was outstanding,” said Kendra Crane.

Bobbie Miller took first place in the 1D category on "Goldseeker Rona" with a 17.623 second run.
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DICKINSON – Fifty cowgirls zoomed around barrels in wet muck Saturday, May 28 at the High Stakes Barrel Race at Stark County Fairgrounds. Twelve contestants left the arena a little richer, with smiles that stretched ear-to-ear.

High Stakes Barrel Race Event Producer Kendra Crane has been putting on the Memorial weekend extravaganza for over 10 years. This year, the cowgirls raced for their shot at a lump sum of the $10,000 prize money pool.

“The entry fee is $250, which is a lot of money for one run,” Crane said. “But I was totally blown away with the great response that I received. I actually had to turn people away. I had to do a random draw because of all the entries.”

High Stakes Barrel Race cowgirls competed Saturday, May 28 at Stark County Fairgrounds.
Photo/ courtesy of Kendra Crane

Bobbie Miller took the gold in the 1D category on “Goldseeker Rona,” zipping around the barrels in 17.623 seconds. She left the arena with her head held high and $2,000 in her pocket. Miller says that although the stakes are more at risk for this event, the reward pays off and she couldn’t be happier with her horse.

“Goldseeker Rona is so phenomenal,” Miller said. “He is funny and can be a little bit of a grump. We call him our little Sour Patch Kid. He knows what he needs to do, and he gets it done. I let him do his thing and go along for the ride.”


For Wyoming cowgirl Jenna Humble, the race was well worth the drive. Humble turned up the heat in 1D, taking second place with a 17.807 second ride on her 13-year-old mare “Flip N Hayday.” The duo earned $1,500 for their stellar performance in the slippery mud.

“My horse and I know everything about each other,” Humble said. “She took care of us and did the best she could.”

CeeJay Bohmbach took first in the 2D bracket, earning $1,200 from her 18.159 second run on “Matlock.” She was followed by Kalie Anderson in 3D, who had an 18.635 second run that earned her $800.

“The caliber of cowgirls and horses that were in this event was outstanding,” Crane said. “It was so much fun giving these girls the opportunity to run for this kind of money. I look forward to continuing this race in years to come.”

Amber Neate grew up in rural Skull Valley, Arizona. Her passion of covering sports of all types, including personal favorites wrestling, hockey, rodeo and football, began at an early age.

She obtained her Associate of Arts Degree from Yavapai Community College before attending Northern Arizona University for a three-year journalism program. While at NAU, Neate worked as an Assistant Sports Editor for the Lumberjack Newspaper as well as a hockey commentator for KJACK Radio.

Gaining her experience working for a small community paper, The Wickenburg Sun, as a general news and features reporter, her love for sports and a small-town community brings her to Dickinson to cover southwest North Dakota sports.

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