OFFICIAL DATES: September 04 - 06, 2020

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Buckles and Barrels For Bailey

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About Us

Buckles and Barrels for Bailey is an annual charity barrel race held at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, NV.  Over the last nine years we have raised thousands of dollars and our event has grown and become more successful every year. We currently draw contestants from all over the West and we have done so with very little sponsorship. In 2019 we had over 800 contestants a day.

Please read Baileys story to find out our why.


Because of Bailey now has an approved 501c.3 and all donations are tax deductible. 

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Bailey's Story

Bailey was born on July 8th, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV. She arrived a little early but seemed to be doing fine. However, she developed an intestinal infection and had to have emergency surgery. Bailey spent the next four months in the Las Vegas Spring Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

While we were in the NICU our family came up with the idea to produce a charity barrel race to help other families with sick children and to help out the very special doctors and nurses that staffed that unit.

We contacted Michael and Paula Gaughan who are the owners of the South Point Hotel, Casino and Equestrian Center to see if they could help us make this dream a reality. They generously donated the use of their amazing equestrian facility in November of 2011 for us to hold the first annual Buckles and Barrels for Bailey.
The event was a huge success and we raised thousands of dollars which we donated to the Spring Valley Hospital Auxiliary. The year 2016 was our sixth event and during that time we were able to buy supplies for the NICU, pay for outside training for nurses, and make the waiting room and parents room a place of hope for families that find themselves there.

When Bailey was about three and a half years old we began to notice that she was struggling. She tripped and fell constantly, began stuttering, and started having seizures.We took Bailey to numerous specialists only to have her misdiagnosed over and over.
In September of 2016, a week after Buckles and Barrels for Bailey event, Bailey was admitted to UCLA Children's Hospital where we would finally receive the correct diagnosis. We were devastated to learn that Bailey has a rare degenerative terminal illness called Battens Disease (CLN 6).

We were told that Bailey didn’t have much time and that she would deteriorate quickly until her little body just gave up. However through hope and faith, our family refused to give up.We started doing research and discovered the Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation.
The Gray family has two daughters with the same diagnosis. They funded the research for a clinical trial initiated in Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The trial involves injecting a replacement gene into the child to stop the progression of this terrible disease. Bailey was admitted to the trial and is the 5th person in the United States to receive a gene transfer.

The progression of Bailey’s disease has stopped. In July we celebrated her 9th birthday. Before the gene transfer her doctors predicted that she would not see her 7th birthday.
Now our family prays for healing.We help support the Gray Foundation in their funding for continuing research to cure this disease and improve the quality of life for the kids currently battling this terrible disease.
Bailey has to re-learn how to walk and talk and it will be a long road back. She is so determined and is proving, again, what a fighter she is.

In 2017, we applied for our own 501c.3 and have been approved.We have been able to help 12 other families with financial assistance while their children are hospitalized or in need of surgery.
It is our mission to continue to help other families with medical and travel expenses.We would also like to assist with medical equipment such as wheelchairs and gait trainers along with everyday expenses such as meals and utility bills.
We will be visiting a local NICU in October of 2019 to write 35, $1000 checks to families with children that are struggling.


Over the last nine years we have raised thousands of dollars and our event has grown and become more successful every year. We currently draw contestants from all over the West and we have done so with very little sponsorship. In 2019 we had over 800 contestants a day.


This family is on a mission to help others that are fighting for their children and we invite you to join us.

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Support the Cause

 

November 17-20, 2011 our family hosted the first annual Buckles and Barrels for Bailey benefit barrel race at the South Point Casino Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. All proceeds from this race went to the Las Vegas Spring Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that saved our daughter Bailey's life.

In 2016, Because of Bailey was formed with the goal of helping families with sick and terminally ill children with travel expenses, medical bills and special needs equipment. Because of Bailey has an approved 501c.3 and all donations to our cause is tax deductible.


Over the last nine years we have raised thousands of dollars and our event has grown and become more successful every year. We currently draw contestants from all over the West and we have done so with very little sponsorship. In 2019 we had over 800 contestants a day.

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Helping find a cure

The Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation exists to improve and save lives of all children impacted by Batten Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. 

Host arena and hotel

Official Photographer and sponsor

Official Photographer and sponsor

Host arena and hotel. Thank you to the Gaughan’s for always being such huge sponsors.

Thank you to the Gaughan’s for always being huge sponsor. We couldn‘t do it without them.



Official Photographer and sponsor

Official Photographer and sponsor

Official Photographer and sponsor

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Brown Ohana Photography is our official photographer, Jonathan and Sarah Brown have always been huge supports of us and the race.

Contact Us

Send Message

If you have any questions please email, call or text. 


The below map and address are  to the South Point Equestrain Center where the barrel race is held each year thanks to the generous donation b the Gaughan family.

Buckles and Barrels for Bailey

South Point Equestrian Center, Las Vegas, Nevada 89183, United States

(702) 461-0468