Sept. 27, 2017
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 Station 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 diamondsanddirt.com.