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.
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.