Memorial barrel race to debut

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

CAMILLA, Ga. -- The first Jim Collins Memorial Barrel Race will be conducted Saturday at the Mitchell County Ag Center.

Collins, who died this past July, was a lifelong member of the Deep Dixie Association, an equine barrel racing organization under the Georgia Federation of the Saddle Club. In addition to competing in events, Collins founded and supported a youth sportsmanship award.

"I rode Deep Dixie as a youth and Mr. Jim was always there to help me and all the kids," said Tommy Jackson, a former winner of the youth sportsmanship award. "Any problems we had with our ponies or horses, he was there to help. He had patience with us and a lot of knowledge of horses."

Powell's family, including his parents, Elizabeth and Marcus Collins, and his brothers and sisters have donated funds to cover expenses for the 2011 Award.

The barrel race will begin with an exhibition from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with a $3 entry fee. An open event, which covers any age, will begin at 2 p.m. with a $20 entry fee and $2,000 added to the payback.

The youth event, covering age 15 and under, will follow the open event with a $10 entry fee and $200 added to the payback. The show will follow the National Barrel Horse Association format.

All proceeds from the show will go to the Jim Collins Youth Sportsmanship Award.