QUEENSTOWN — The Maryland-Delaware Chapter of the National Barrel Horse Association hosted its annual end of year awards banquet at the Bay Country Moose Lodge in Queenstown in March. Equestrians who specialize in barrel racing from both states packed the lodge fellowship hall at the to discover who won the top awards for the 2018 season.
Co-Directors Mark Potter of Centreville and Carly Sellers of Warwick lead the evening program. The first person recognized at the banquet was Heidi Potter, Mark Potter’s wife. She was called forward and thanked for her support of Mark being the co-director for 2018.
Carly Sellers said, “Without Mark to advise and help me, I would have been lost. I want to thank Heidi for her help in letting Mark help me.”
All categories of barrel racing were recognized starting with the youngest, “PeeWee” division. The youth (teenage) 1D (Division 1) champion, 2D, 3D and 4D champions for more experienced barrel racers were recognized.
The top division performers in all categories of 2018 received new barrel racing saddles. Those division champions were: 1D (Youth): Madelyn Fogle; 2D: Jessica Green; 3D: Carly Sellers; 4D: Shiloh Penney.
The top senior division performers for 2018 were 1D: Mark Potter; 3D: Carol Sparks; 4D: Jim Cooney.
There was a huge turnout for the dinner and program, reportedly many more than came last year. According to Potter, “The MDNBHA is growing.”