Youngster Top Racer In Benefit


Chelsie Stodghill, 12, of Pine, ran the barrels in the best time of all competitors at the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Barrel Racing Aug. 7.

Chelsie Stodghill, 12, of Pine, ran the barrels in the best time of all competitors at the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Barrel Racing Aug. 7. |

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Chelsie Stodghill, a 12-year-old from Pine, turned in the highlight performance of the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Barrel Racing and Team Roping, finishing with the fastest racing time of the benefit.

The barrel racing was held Aug. 7 and the team roping and other activities the following two days. All were held at the Payson Event Center.

Competing in 4D Division 1, young Stodghill rode her horse Leo around the barrels in 17.93.

“It was the fastest time of the night,” said event sponsor Charlene Hunt.

For the ride, Stodghill pocketed $170 in jackpot prize money.

The annual event drew 39 barrel racers, 28 from Payson. The others came from Queen Creek, Prescott, Phoenix, Chandler and Cortez, Colo.

In all, $365 was earned during the 4D open barrel races and later donated to the GLH Children’s Fund.

“The racers paid $35 per run and we paid back 70 percent (as prize money),” Hunt said. “The remaining was donated.”

In the Pee Wee Division (10 years and under), racers paid $15 per run and all was paid back.

Bryndee Hall pocketed $45 for her 19.03 clocking aboard her steed Pepe.

She and Pepe also competed in Division 2 of 4D and took first, winning $102.

Also among the Pee Wees, Brooks Randall was second with a time of 20.15. She received $30.

Makiah Taylor (21.63) was third, Bree Hall (26.687) fourth and Hannah Tomerlin (fifth).

Finishing second in Division 1 behind Stodghill was Georgia Diez. She was clocked in 17.93.

In Division 2 behind Bryndee Hall were Teri James (second, 18.63) and Margaret Parker (third, 18.82).

Taylor Randall won Division 3 in 18.93. Lori Brown was second (19.1) and Chantel Jensen third (19.38).

Margaret Parker was first in Division received 4 (19.95), Chancy Brown second (20:53) and Emma Randall rode to third (20.58).

Next year, Hunt’s goal is to make the event bigger and better. “Our plans include adding $1,000 to the purse and we will also add practice runs one hour prior to the competition,” she said. “We are considering adding pole bending to the event as well.”

Following the barrel racing, many of the entrants and the spectators returned Saturday and Sunday for two rounds of team roping, a cowboy dinner cooked by Roy Haught, a myriad of children’s games and activities, including a climbing wall, and a dance. All proceeds benefit the GLH Children’s Fund.

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