The Louisiana Tournoi Association conducted its annual eliminations at the Tournoi track at the Ward One Industrial Park Sunday afternoon, according to spokesman Steve “Buffy” Guillory.
Here is how the riders ranked after the completion of the eliminations:
Nick Ortego-First, Todd Manuel-Second, Ryan Haller-Third, Shane Trahan-4th, Jody Trahan-5th, Shane Lee-6th, Ched Fontenot-7th place, Cody Manuel-8th place, Marty Fruge-9th place, Rusty Lafleur-10th place with Larry Lachney as an alternate.
The top ten will compete with the top ten riders in the 2012 Tournoi: Champion Eric Guillory who also won the fastest time award, Chuck Manuel, William Fontenot, Kent Saucier, Paul Fontenot, Alex Haller, Bryan Fontenot, Marcus Guillory, Marcus Guillory, Cody Lafleur and Keith Saucier. Chuck Manuel won the Sportsmanship award at last year’s event. One more interesting fact is that both the Champ and second place finisher each had 21 rings.
Guillory said veteran Tournoi Rider and Past Champion Gerald L. Fontenot used an electronic timer clock for a more precise timing for each rider.
There were no accidents or injuries during the elimination trials.
The Tournoi Royalty will consist of Kristi LaJack, Miss Louisiana Tournoi Queen, Darrelyn Lachney Jr. Miss Tournoi and Sydney Reed, Teen Miss Tournoi.
The running of the historic Tournoi will be held Sunday October 14 at 2:00pm at the Ward One Industrial Park in conjunction with the Louisiana Cotton Festival.