Memorial Day weekend marked the 8th annual Sherry Cervi West Coast Youth Championships in Ceres, CA. The concept of this unique event evolved from an idea of Sherry and longtime friends, Shane and Kim Parsons. The Parsons have hosted the event at their Diamond Bar Arena every year and the event has grown substantially with each year breaking an attendance record with 2016 being the largest with 400 entries. The barrel race has a family friendly and small town atmosphere with one of the best cook shacks (concession stands) around!
This event is exclusive to only youth barrel racers. There are two divisions, the 12 and under and the 13-17. The race is two rounds and is a 6D format. Cash and prizes were awarded each round as well as prizes in the average at the conclusion of the event.
Another special award given each year at the barrel race is a “Horse with Most Heart” award given to one special horse in each division. The two recipients this year were Maggie Sinclair and “Polka Dot” in the junior division, and Stevie Mae Scott and “Jettin On Jewels” in the senior division. Polka Dot is now a seven year old Appaloosa pony who was rescued from being tied to a stake in someone’s front yard when she was three years old. Maggie now 11 years old, is the sole trainer and handler of Polka Dot and competes on her in barrels, poles, and goat tying. She is the ultimate All- Around pony! Stevie Mae and “Julie” were entered last year in the Sherry Cervi West Coast Youth Championships, but had an unfortunate trip in their run resulting in a serious injury. Julie tore her suspensory ligaments which put her out an entire year. The team’s first run back was the same race this year. They ended up running the fastest second time!
Sponsors of this event have stepped up each year making it bigger and better than ever. 1st place in each D received a custom Crown C Martin saddle. Classic Equine has been a title sponsor since the inaugural event and an abundance of bell boots, Legacy boots, bags, and accessories were awarded. This is a first class event and Sherry and the team work hard and diligently to make it the best it can be. Sherry Cervi is always in attendance and takes a picture with every single contestant. To say this is a memorable event is an understatement and we will be back next year!