Save the Date: 7th Annual Diamonds & Dirt™ Returns to Waco in 2018


The Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic (DDBHC), one of the largest and most prestigious events in the barrel horse industry, will return to  Waco, Texas, March 5 – 11th, 2018. Following a dramatic increase in size and popularity, DDBHC relocated from its original venue in Bryan, Texas, to the home of the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Finals: The Extraco Events Center.

“Check-in at Waco was flawless,” said DDBHC Executive Director Shanna Brown. “We know first-hand what it’s like to roll up to a week-long show with four-plus horses and all their luggage; it shouldn’t be one of those things to dread the whole drive there.” Brown added, “The Extraco staff was on-point getting stalls unlocked, shavings delivered, and coordinating RV parking. They were there for us and our contestants at the drop of a hat, giving everyone the ability to focus on what they came there to do.”

2018 will be the seventh consecutive year DDBHC brings all levels of competitive barrel racing to the Texas spotlight, and its second year to bring the bling to Waco.

“This has always been a one-of-a-kind event that I look forward to attending every year,” said professional barrel horse trainer and world renowned jockey Pete Oen. “The venue has always been very inviting, user-friendly, and the ground is kept consistent!”

At its debut in Waco last March, DDBHC paid out nearly one million dollars in cash and prizes, including the $180,000 added Southwest Stallion Slot Race where professional barrel racer Kassie Mowry took home $100,000 in just one race.

“I’ve always really enjoyed Diamonds & Dirt” said futurity trainer Ryann Pedone. “The move to Waco was good. I really like the facility.” Pedone and Sweet Choco Taco racked up $100,000 after a stellar performance in the 2016 DDBHC Slot Race. “You can count me in,” she continued,  “if there’s a Diamonds & Dirt futurity – I’ll be there.”

Mark the calendar now for the 7th annual DDBHC at the Extraco Events Center in Waco March 5 – 11th, 2018. Fans and contestants can expect several announcements in the coming months of exciting developments regarding the Slot Race, entries, race additions, and learning opportunities for students seeking professional experience.

For more information and to keep up with announcements: Follow DDBHC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  An official schedule for 2018 will be available on


6th Annual
Diamonds & Dirt
Barrel Horse Classic™
March 6-12, 2017

Diamonds & Dirt 2016 featured over $850,000 in total cash and prizes!
$220,500 Diamond Jubilee Slot Race
$75,000 added to the Dufur Futurity
$10,000 added to the French StreaktoVegas Open 5D
$10,000 added to the Barrels Sweepstakes
$15,000 added to the Twisted J Ranch Derby
$10,000 added to the Pole Bending Sweepstakes
$5,000 added to the Three Bar T Quarter Horses Amateur Futurity Finals
3rd Annual K9s4COPs Dog & Pony Show presented by ISN Net World

Triple Crown 100 Stallion Incentive                                                              $7,500 Bonus Money Futurity & $2,500 Bonus Money Open

Select Stallion Sweepstakes                                                                        $10,000 BBR Select Stallion Money

Rules for each event can be found on the event’s entry form.

This fun, family-friendly event brings the very best in barrel racing to compete for one of the largest purses in the industry!

We invite everyone from equestrians to enthusiasts to the curious to join us deep in the heart of Texas for this exciting and fast-paced competition. Diamonds & Dirt™ is committed to the meeting the highest standards in the barrel racing industry and is endorsed by many sanctioning organizations.

K9s4COPs has been selected as the charitable 501 (c)(3) non-profit beneficiary of this event.

K9s4COPs supports law enforcement agencies by gifting departments and schools in need with K9 officers, trained and ready for action.  These dogs are highly trained to find narcotics and explosives, as well as to serve as partners in fighting crime in our communities.

Diamonds & Dirt™ Team


Kristi Schiller
Schiller Ranch

Executive Director

Shanna Brown

Diamonds & Dirt™ Venue

Extraco Events Center
4601 Bosque Blvd.
Waco, TX  76710

Diamonds & Dirt™ Arena Photographer

Kenneth Springer
To order photos email:
(Please note photos must be purchased at the race, Mr Springer does not have a website)

Diamonds & Dirt™ Webcast & Arena Video

Spotlight On You Video

Becky Sickel-

Diamonds & Dirt™ Announcers

Lenell Dean & Garrett Yerigan

Diamonds & Dirt™ Host Hotel

Fairfield Inn & Suites Waco South



Please contact Shannon Iverson at 979-220-6804 or or

Diamonds & Dirt TM Events benefit
K9s4COPs and K9s4kids.

K9s4COPs is a nonprofit foundation whose mission is to build a safer
future by placing K9 officers in communities and schools.