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The Historic Running of the Tournoi Closes Out the 2016 Louisiana Cotton Festival Sunday

The Historic Running of the Tournoi was held Sunday at The Industrial Park in Ville Platte and closed out the Louisiana Cotton Festival. There were 17 riders competing for the big win. Notably missing from the event was Tournoi Rider, Chuck Manuel, who was not able to attend. He did send his best to his “fellow riders” and said he “can’t wait to be back next year.”

One of the competitors, Marcus Guillory, was involved in an accident with his horse at Ring 5. He was transported to the hospital where it was determined he suffered a broken collar bone. KVPI has been told that he will be okay and that his horse is also okay.

There was a special dedication and thank you to Danny Darbonne for his many contributions to the Tournoi. Queen, BethanyThibodeaux and Junior Queen, Meghan Miller were present at the award ceremony.

Riders competed in three rounds around the track where they attempted the highest speed and to collect the most rings. A perfect ring score is 21. After all of the times and counts were combined, here are your 2016 LA Tournoi winners:

1st Place Winner and Fastest Time Winner 
Eric Guillory riding General Lee with an 
Time: 12.44 and 20 rings

2nd Place Winner
Ryan Haller
Time: 13.00 and 20 rings

3rd Place Winner
Alex Haller
Time: 13.17 and 19 rings

4th Place Winner
Shane Lee
Time: 12.87 with 16 rings

5th Place Winner
Paul Fontenot
Time: 13.20 with 15 rings

6th Place Winner
Keith Saucier
Time: 13.54 with 15 rings

7th Place Winner
John Ross Guillory
Time: 13.57 with 15 rings

8th Place Winner
Lisa Crane
Time: 13.40 with 14 rings

9th Place Winner
Cheyenne Crane
Time: 13.19 with 9 rings

10th Place Winner
Logan Floyd
Time: 13.92 with 8 rings

Sportsmanship Award
Marcus Guillory

Those who place in the Top 10 do not need to go through qualifications at next year’s event. Charlie Manuel served as emcee at the event and Stephanie Ware and Carly Chaumont, broadcasted the event LIVE over KVPI FM. Thank you to all who took part in the Louisiana Cotton Festival and the Running of the Tournoi.


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