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CORNHUSKER'S BREEDERS &
OPEN BARREL FUTURITY

Promoting stallions and breeders through the sport of barrel racing! Over  70+ stallions enrolled. 
Skyla Peters on Pistol Whistle setting the new arena record with a 14.881!

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$112+K

TOTAL PAYOUT

$48+K

TOTAL ADDED MONEY

1123+

TOTAL RUNS

20

YEARS STRONG

3

SPECIAL AWARDS

2024 WILL BE BIGGER AND BETTER!

ABOUT CORNHUSKER BREEDERS & OPEN BARREL FUTURITY

The Cornhusker Breeders and Open Barrel Futurity was founded in 2003 by Marlene McGaughey. Cristi Gaffney had told her a few years earlier that if she ever decided to retire that she would be interested in taking over the reins. In 2019, Marlene called, and the two ladies came to an agreement for to purchase the event. Cristi officially took charge in December of 2019. Prior to the Cornhusker, Nebraska had a futurity in Broken Bow since the mid 1990’s it was initially ran by Carolyn McClain and Judy Gracy. They put the event on for the Custer County Fairboard. Then Ronda Hilker put the event on for 2 years under the name Sunrise Breeders.  Cristi intends to grow the event while maintaining its great history and bring the best of barrel racing to Nebraska! 

 

In 2023, the Cornhusker Breeders and Open Futurity moved its location from Broken Bow, Nebraska to McCook, Nebraska.  The event is now being held at the Red Willows Fairground (Kiplinger Arena).  For more information on the arena and fairgrounds, Red Willows Fairground.

We continue to work hard to make our event fun and family friendly. Our free BBQ will be held on Saturday night again this year in 2024. We would love for you to join us so we can thank you and introduce you.

Cristi & Andrew Gaffney

Enrolled Stallions

Over 70+ stallions enrolled in the Cornhusker Breeders and Open Barrel Futurity.  See our full list of stallions and detailed stallion information.

Special Awards

The Cornhusker does three special awards:

  • Home Grown Award (This is given to the high money winner that is the breeder, owner & rider of their horse)

  • Nebraska Bred Award (This is given to the high money winner in the breeder's futurity on a horse that was bred in Nebraska)

  • High Money Winner (must compete at Cornhusker Futurity & Triangle Cross Classic Futurity)

Race Information

Everything you need to know about the Cornhusker event is located on the race page.  Including arena & fairground information, race results, draws, entry forms and much more!

Sponsors

The Cornhusker could not be successful without the AMAZING support of these great sponsors.  Please help to support these companies.

Photo: Cristi & Drew Gaffney

OUR CREW

Cornhusker crew

Office

Ground Crew

Announcer

Heather Rhinehart

Michelle Pearson

Jessica Milliman

Clint Smith

Trent Jochimsen

Clint Milliman

Barrel Setters

Gate/Check-in

Photographer

Spencer Gaffney

Zack Gaffney

Colton Duda

Brenda Bowers

Diane Young

David Seymore

Next Gen Rodeo/Webcast

Zack Bocco

Reese Williams

Kolby Brown

Website/Social Media/Advertising

Michelle Battista

Winners

2023 CORNHUSKER NEXT GEN RODEO EVENT RECAP

2023 CORNHUSKER WINNERS CIRCLE

2023 BREEDERS FUTURITY CHAMPION

HORSE: FROM FAMOUS TO VEGAS

SIRE: FRENCH STEAK TO VEGAS

RIDER: CAROLINE BOUCHER

Caroline Boucher

2023 HOME GROWN AWARD WINNER

HORSE: HVR GIVEMEGOOSEBUMPS

SIRE: BUGS FLING

RIDER: JOSEY WELLS

WINNING: $1619

The Home Grown Award is sponsored by Plains Horizons Insurance (Trula Churchill).  This award requires you to be the breeder, rider and owner of the horse.  Josey is a 10 year old from Anselmo, Nebraska.

Josey Wells

NEW ARENA RECORD HOLDER

HORSE: PISTOL WHISTLE

SIRE: PC FROSTY BID

RIDER: SKYLA PETERS

TIME: 14.881

Skyla Peters

2023 BREEDERS DERBY CHAMPION

HORSE: RR HARVEY HAVE MERCY

SIRE: HE MONEY DEPOT

RIDER: RYANN PEDONE

ryann pedone

2023 NEBRASKA BRED CHAMPION & SADDLE WINNER 

HORSE: VC ROCK THE CLOCK

SIRE: JL SIROCCO

RIDER: JESSICA LEACH

WINNING: $5308 

The Nebraska Bred Award was sponsored by Apex Tack (Mika Drew), winning $1943.  Jessica also won a Robbie Phillips Saddle certificate which was sponsored by Robbie Phillips for being the High Money Winner between the Cornhusker Futurity & the Triangle Cross Classic Futurity, winning $3365. Jessica is from Rockville, Nebraska.

Jessica Leach

ENROLLED STALLIONS

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