Thanksgiving weekend was work as usual at the Lancaster Event Center for Shelley Schaefer and the S bar S crew as they hosted the Thanksgiving Turn N Burn weekend. Six events were produced over the holiday weekend including a Maverick rodeo, three barrel races and two team roping drawpots. The event provided an excellent opportunity for rodeo families to be together over the holidays with their rodeo friends.
“We had many families competing, which is what I like to draw. The mother or wife can compete in the barrel race, the kids in the timed event rodeo and the dads and brothers in the team roping. There is something for everyone in one place to help save on fuel by not going three different directions,” Shelley said.
Shelley and husband Mike created S bar S in 1996. The Schaeffer’s host youth and open rodeos, barrel races and team ropings during the fall, winter and spring months. Shelley takes care of entries, advertising and all other facets of the business while her family members help behind the scenes. Today S bar S is hosting more events than ever thanks to the addition of more sponsors that help to make the business a reality.
S bar S’s newest sponsor, Bloomer Trailers, was the main sponsor during the Thanksgiving Turn N Burn weekend. Representative Mary Davie had a Bloomer Trailer on hand and Bloomer Trailers donated the added money each day in the barrel racing. EPC Supplements was also onsite along with Twisted Tack, who donated several of the award prizes. Cactus Saddlery developed the trophy saddles for the winning ropers and Tres Rios created the buckles. “Bloomer Trailers, EPC Supplements and Twisted Tack were all great sponsors,” Shelly said. “We can not have big events without sponsors; our hats are off to [them]!”
Kicking off the Thanksgiving weekend was the first of three 5-D barrel races Friday afternoon. Over 120 contestants entered to race for the $200 added money sponsored by Bloomer trailers. Each divisional (or ‘D’) winner also qualified for the Bonus Race Finals taking place April 11-14 at the Lancaster Event Center. Capturing the first Bonus Race Qualifier, 1-D win and $211 was Stacy O’Daniel on her horse I Bee Acen To Win clocking an untouchable 14.482 which was also the fastest time of the weekend. The 2-D prize money of $174 went to Julie Strode with a time of 14.994 aboard her mount KPS Dotson. Winning the other divisions were: Chanda Schnoor and Zippo Pat Frost with a time of 15.489 (3-D) $143; Kelly Holdaway riding Zippo Bar Kyd with a time of 16.016 (4-D) $120; and Tami Oestmann riding Fancy Scotch Bree clocking a 16.501(5-D) $105.
Following Friday’s barrel race was the Maverick Rodeo. S bar S started hosting Maverick rodeos when they discovered there weren’t many rodeo events geared toward youth in the area. The Maverick rodeos are timed event rodeos created to give youth rodeo contestants a great transition into amateur rodeos.
Saturday’s events started at 8 a.m., with the second 5-D Barrel race that drew in over 140 contestants thanks to the $1,000 added money from Bloomer Trailers. Again it was Stacy O’Daniel sweeping first place on I Bee Acen To Win with a 14.738, earning another $414 on the weekend. Other divisional winners include: Vicky Barr on Snoopy with a time of 15.242 (2-D) $340; Jody Stuhr on Dodge clocking a 15.741 (3-D) $281; Marty Leach riding Bucks Pocket Change with a time of 16.267 (4-D) $236; and Hallie Reeves on Ky for a time of 16.786 (5-D) $207.
Following the barrel race was a No. 10 saddle drawpot roping. Cactus Saddles were awarded to the top five placings which included drawpot winners Scott Neal and Andy Knott with a combined time of 28.7. Also taking home saddles and payback money were David Herbold and Peyton Holliday with a time of 34.1; Marty Leach and Brad Cartwright with a time of 34.3; Cole Remmington and Orrin Petska also clocking a 34.3, and Cody Kingston with Dick Frank with a total time of 35.0. CSI Saddle Pads were awarded to the Sixth place team of Alex Micek and Todd Pineo with a time of 35.8. 7th thru 10th place teams were awarded Tres Rios Buckles. Those teams included Trent Shaffer and Will Callahan with a time of 36.0; Bob Higgins and Brad Cartwright clocking a 36.1; Brian Nutsch and Shawn Sleezer with a 36.6; and Wayne Witt and Don Whited stopping the clocks at 36.7.
The drawpot roping finished at 11:30 p.m., giving little time for sleep to Shelley and the arena crew who were back on the job at 7:30 a.m., on Sunday to finish the last 5-D barrel run and the No. 11 drawpot team roping.
Sunday the final 5-D barrel race got underway and Stacey O’Daniel and I Bee Acen To Win completed their clean sweep of the barrel races, again claiming the 1-D win, posting a time of 14.657 raking her total winnings for the weekend up to $1055. Annie Hasslebalch aboard Destined to Fire took the 2-D win with a time of 15.194, good enough for $353. Other winners and Bonus Race Qualifiers include: Iowa’s Katie Reimler on her horse Roger, clocking a 15.685 (3-D) $292; Stacey O’Kief on Huey 16.167 (4-D) $245; and Amber Buresh aboard Rouge stopping the clock at 16.760 (5-D) $214.
After wrapping up the barrel race the ropers took to the arena for the last event of the weekend, the No. 11 drawpot team roping. With a total combined time of 32.4 Austin Jensen and Jim Peterson capture the first place prize money along with custom breastcollars donated by Twisted Tack. Following closely on their heels were Trent Shaffer and Nick Austin with a time of 32.5. Rounding out the top five teams were Cody Remmington and Cole Remmington posting a time of 33.4; Todd Holliday and Cody Carlson with a 33.5; and Cody Carlson with Craig Pearson clocking a 35.1.
“The contestants were awesome this year and very helpful making for a fun filled, action packed, nonstop weekend!” Shelley said, and after a long weekend she credited her crew for making it possible. “A big thank you to my crew as this could not happen without them. They put in very long hours with little to no sleep to make sure things went off without a hitch. I don’t want to forget the Lancaster Event Center Crew as they worked tirelessly to make sure the ground was in barrel racing condition ... no small feat with all of the events that we ran on it in one week-end,” Schaeffer said.
With the first holiday event out of the way, Shelley and her team are gearing up for the next S bar S event December 29-30 at the Lancaster Event Center which will host two barrel races that are Run for the Bonus qualifiers and a No. 11 drawpot team roping. ❖