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'No high like going that fast' Trio Stakes Barrel Race features speed

Trio Stakes Barrel Racing Association hosts jackpot with $1,456 in pay outs

Elayne Appledoorn took 1st place in the senior division at the Trio Stakes Barrel Race July 20 at Stark County Fair Grounds.
Photo by Amber I. Neate
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DICKINSON — Fifty-two cowgirls and cowboys saddled their horses for the Trio Stakes Barrel Race at Stark County Fair Grounds July 20. Four riders placed first in their divisions and took home a slice of the $1,456 jackpot total.

Former Dickinson resident Mark Bugni finished 1st in the 1D category with a 17.291 second ride on his horse “JL Roc Lost A Sock,” also known as Mo.

Bugni began barrel racing at age 18 and is still competing today at 53-years-old. He has competed in horse shows and ropings but says nothing beats the addictive adrenaline rush of barrel racing. For Bugni, barrel racing is a full-time career. He has traveled all over the country for competitions and is also a horse trainer.

“It’s something that I love to do,” Bugni said. “I’ve always had a natural instinct with horses and so it was where I was destined to go.”

Mo is a 5-year-old colt out of Arizona who has placed in nine futurity events this year and won Bugni over $215,000. Bugni connected instantly with Mo in training.


“I took my time with him and was patient,” Bugni said. “I let him be confident and comfortable. When we started our competition year, he just went right to winning and never stopped.”

Mark Bugni stole the show with a 17.291 ride in the 1D on his horse Mo.<br/>
Photo by Amber I. Neate

In the 2D bracket, Allene Nelson took the winning $263 pot on “Cowboys R King,” also known as Rolex, with a 17.818 second ride.

Rolex is a 10-year-old gelding Nelson bought and trained herself. She had been running him at rodeos, but he suffered an injury and was unable to compete for two years. This was his second event back since recovering from the injury.

“There is no high like going that fast,” Nelson said. “This was an average ride today, we are rebuilding. It wasn’t near to his maximum level.”

Macey Mosset finished just a split second behind Nelson to take second place in 2D on her horse Slick. Mosset also placed 1st in the 1D youth division on her other horse Stitch.

In the 3D category, Jamie Hande and her horse Rebel took the gold, leading the pack with an 18.419 second run.

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Cowgirls and a hand-full of cowboys gave their all at the afternoon race, but only the fastest left with a check.
Photo by Amber I. Neate

Sixty-three-year-old Elayne Appledoorn represented the best time in 4D, completing her pattern on “Boonsmal French Guy,” also known as Playboy in just under 19 seconds. She also took 1st in the 1D senior sidepot on her second horse, “Fling Ta Famous.”

Both of Appledoorn’s horses are 8-year-olds. She says she is still discovering their personalities and learning to ride them. She purchased the two young horses for competition because her third horse grew old and is physically unable to compete anymore.


In the youth division sidepot, Myah Mosset and Bryndal Geiger both placed at the top of the leader board

Thirteen-year-old Geiger raced her horse Cinch, who she bought two years ago. He is a 13-year-old former roping horse that she started in barrels and poles last year.

“He’s pretty new to barrels but he is a fast learner,” Geiger said “My first barrel was wide but my second and third I was really surprised with. It’s probably one of my best runs.”

The next Trio Stakes Barrel Race is August 6 at Stark County Fair Grounds if weather is clear and dry. Races start at 6 p.m.

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Just over 50 riders competed for their share of the $1,456 prize money at the Trio Stakes Barrel Race Jackpot.
Photo by Amber I. Neate
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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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