GUTHRIE, Oklahoma – Lance Graves Productions is pleased to announce the next big thing on the calendar of lucrative, professional barrel races in the heartland of Oklahoma. On February 14 through 17, 2018, the Lance Graves International (LGI) at the iconic Lazy E Arena. Over $75,000 in added money is offered across the racing card over the four-day inaugural event.
Featured races are the $30,000 added open slot race with one qualifying round, finals and consolation races; the $20,000 added Barrel Futurities of America sanctioned futurity with $10,000 in Future Fortunes bonuses, derby, two open races sanctioned by the World Barrel Racing League, a Women’s Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned race and the $5,000 added youth race with scholarships and the opportunity to qualify for the Junior National Finals Rodeo hosted by Las Vegas Events during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December 2018.
The Lance Graves Barrel Horse Sale and a LG Sale Futurity for sale graduates is also planned, along with the Future Fortunes 15th Anniversary Gala and prize giveaway on Saturday night in the Roper’s Cantina of the Lazy E.
“As a trainer, international competitor and lifetime promoter of the sport of barrel racing, my production team and I am honored to offer this exciting new event, conveniently located in the heartland at this world class facility. Micah McKinney, owner of the Lazy E, has contributed so much to our community and continues to show his support in helping us to establish this new event,” said Lance Graves, 24-times world champion barrel racer and international ambassador for the sport. “We’re thrilled with the dates he made available so that we can work with competitors qualifying for RFD TV’s The American Semi Finals without conflict. Additionally, we’re working with the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission to promote second careers opportunities and are excited to define new programs to help advance that cause.”
“I’m especially grateful for the continued support of our company’s loyal sponsors in enabling us to make the Lance Graves International one of the most lucrative events for professional, non-pro and youth barrel racers for the 2018 tour season,” said Graves. “We’re especially proud of our loyal sponsors, sanctioning associations and the Lazy E for their ability to see our vision and support our efforts to continue to create opportunity within the international barrel racing community.”
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