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Kellie Collier CFR 2017

Kellie Collier will be running at both the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta, after bringing in $20,458.53 and an 8th place season finish, and at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada in 13th position after a solid $83,342.23 96 won.

In Edmonton Collier will be running Muffin, who she purchased from Millarville resident and past CFR qualifier, Toni Dixon. In Vegas she will run LoLo.

What kind of quirks do they have?
Muffin (Jig French Truckle, by RNJ Heckofafrenchman out of a Whose Dat Bunny mare, Dat Fur Bunny) is pretty laid back for the most part. She knows her job and she absolutely loves it. She is a little cinchy when you saddle her! Toni and I like to says it’s because she knows she a race horse! She also hates walking on concrete. She is very careful.

LoLo (Streakin Easy April, by Streak of Fling out of a Doc O Dynamite mare, Easy April Lena) is quite a quirky horse! She doesn’t hardly trust anyone (except me of course). She does not like to be tied, she will pull back! She doesn’t ever run away once she is loose, she just stands there.




With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses, what kept the CFR and NFR dream alive for you?
I, along with many other girls, have always dreamt of making the CFR and NFR! My horses heart and try kept me going throughout the year. I honestly believe that they wanted it just as bad as I did. My moms support and wise words throughout the year were also a huge help!! We cried many tears together (good and bad).

What was your favourite CPRA and PRCA  rodeo this year and why?
My favorite CPRA rodeo would have to be Hand Hills! It was just a fun experience, because I’ve never had to go down several gravel roads to get to a pro rodeo! 

My favorite PRCA rodeo of the year is Denver! They have a great committee that takes very good care of the contestants; I won it, so that’s a plus! 

Who is your barrel racing idol?
Lisa Lockhart

How do you stay healthy on the road? Do you exercise or just eat as healthy as you can?
My Mom actually eats a lot healthier than I do on the road! I don’t eat very well, that’s because I forget to eat sometimes. I am very bad about getting busy and putting food last on the priority list. But I believe that all that we do with our horses out there on the road keeps me in very good shape! 

Riding a seasoned barrel horse, what exercises do you do for tune-ups on the pattern?
I don’t normally show either of my horses the pattern hardly at all. I try to just keep them in the best shape I can by long trotting and loping. Occasionally I will go in an arena before I run and get a feel for the situation, but that is more for me than my horses.

We all know that being competitive takes serious mental strength.What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo?
I always say that the rodeo road takes 90% mental toughness. That is something I learned very quickly! You will not get anywhere even in life with mental weakness. I try to stay as positive as possible and ALWAYS look at the good things like your horses are healthy and your getting to do what you love every single day. My mom is also a huge help in keeping my mental game strong and not letting me get down on myself. Always, always pray about it, and what is supposed to happen will happen. 

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
I love my feed program, and I believe that keeping them healthy from the inside is so so important. I also always wrap my horses legs with Mud after they run to keep their ligaments tight.

What is the best piece of advice you were ever given regarding barrel racing?
“You have to learn to lose before you win” -Carley Richardson

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
White Monster Energy drink!

Photos submitted by Kellie Collier




On The Record

Jaime Hinton CFR 2017

Coming to the Great White North from Bulverde, Texas is Jaime Hinton with her main man The Goob, a 14 year old gelding, double bred California Driftwood (all old school ranch horse bloodlines.) They chipped away and pocketed $19,916.89, without winning a single CPRA rodeo.

How would you describe his  style?
His style is not very impressive as far as “fun to watch”, there isn’t anything super flashy about the way he works so people don’t get really excited to watch him run. He’s a super flat mover who is just efficient and honest in his runs. If I do my job, he does his.

What kind of quirks does he have?
The Goob came by his name honestly, in fact, I’m certain in his next life he is coming back as a Golden Retriever. He loves people, loves any kind of attention, always seems to have himself in a bad situation and wants more than anything to get his halter on and go to work everyday.

Photo courtesy of Jaime Hinton

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses,what kept the CFR dream alive for you?
The Goob. He has some serious soundness issues and last year I only got 6 total runs out of him. This year, as long as he felt good and I felt like he had a chance, I told myself I would keep going. He’s that “once in a lifetime” horse for me and he’s taken me places I thought I would never be. Made dreams come true. CFR included.

What was your favourite CPRA rodeo this year and why?
Ponoka. It was the first rodeo that had a little deeper ground and a big set for the Goob. The energy was awesome from the crowd and my horse feeds on that. Plus he did well…so that’s always a bonus!




Who is your barrel racing idol?
Sue Smith from Blackfoot, Idaho. She’s a past Calgary Stampede Champion, Futurity World Champion, NFR Qualifier…I’m not sure there’s much she hasn’t won. She is an incredible horse trainer, has a work ethic that you can’t beat and is just an incredible individual.

Ponoka Stampede 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
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How do you stay healthy on the road?Do you exercise or just eat as healthy as you can?
I should do a lot better job of it! That is something I need to pay attention to next year! I’m looking for suggestions on that!

Riding a seasoned barrel horse, what exercises do you do for tune-ups on the pattern?
It completely depends on the horse and what he/she is doing in their runs. I spend a lot of time just riding the Goob, if I get the chance I’ll rope on him. He gets a lot of trotting, circles, counter arcing, that kind of thing. I’ll lope him up to the barrels, stop him and push his hip underneath of him just in everyday situations.

We all know that being competitive takes serious mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo?
This year I focused on my horse. I reminded myself almost everyday how lucky I am to get to do what I did. I tried not to compare myself to the other competitors and tried to focus on my own plan and goals. I thought about every run and tried to make each one count and this year I really focused on leaving runs where I left them. Meaning, if things didn’t go right, I did my best to fix what happened if I could, recognize what was just bad luck or out of my control and go on to the next one with the mindset to make that next run count.

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
A super solid feed and conditioning program and I also rely on Silver Lining Herbs throughout the year.

What is the best piece of advice you were ever given regarding barrel racing?
That there’s more than one way to do it and to find what works for me!

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
Besides the Goob? Coffee.

Photos provided by Jaime Hinton




On The Record

Mary Burger – WNFR ’16

Proudly sporting the Number 1 back number at the Wrangler National Finals this year is none other than the Queen B, Mary Burger. After winning a grand total of $190,976.59 after 64 rodeos, Burger will be the third barrel racer to wear the Number 1 during the W.N.F.R, the others being Charmayne James with Scamper & Sherry Cervi on Troubles.

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From WPRA Web Photo by Kenneth Springer

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From WPRA Web Photo by Kenneth Springer

Hailing from Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, Burger won Houston Rodeo for $50,000, four rounds at the Calgary Stampede $5,000 each, won the final round of Calgary for $100,000, 2nd at Ogden for $4,160.06, $4,436 out of Cheyenne, WY,  $2,573.34 in Red Lodge, MT, $3,244.12 from Belle Fourche, SD, and placing at many more.

During the Calgary Stampede, the crowd would go wild when Burger & Mo came charging into the arena. The energy was electric which left rodeo fans on their feet, and barrel racing fans with tears of joy in their eyes as they watched Burger in awe. At 68 years old she showed us that with grit and determination you can accomplish anything at any age. The pair was all anyone could talk about; next to the mud and monsoon conditions of course.

For many years, training futurity horses was Mary’s main focus. 2006 is the first year that she took rodeo seriously; she ended up winning the world, taking home $78,558 during the W.N.F.R aboard Rare Fred. This year she ran SadiesFamousLastWords  aka MO, a big beautiful buckskin gelding who she has trained since he was 2.

Does Mo have any quirks?
He has that absolutely lovable disposition. He loves life but is a very playful guy. I call it immature. He has been slow to develop in that category. He showed his talent through his futurity an derby year.

How would you describe Mo’s style?
He has his own style of running. I never try to change a winning style as that’s just him. He runs with his nose out an rolls his turns that way.

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What are your favorite bloodlines for barrel racing?
Mo is by Sadies Frosty Drift by Frenchmans Guy and a AAA mare, Porky And Bess, who is by Dash Ta Fame. Bred an raised by Kristie Thortenson. I really do like those bloodlines as they are proven winners.

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses, what kept the NFR dream alive for you?
Being a NFR World Champion has been a dream come true. Especially for the first year out there.
Although 2016 was just suppose to be a “have fun with my horse year”, it proved to be one of the best years of my career.

We all know that being competitive takes mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? Do you do anything before a run to keep your nerves in check?
I have always been focused on simply making each run I make a focused run. Don’t care who is or isn’t present. Therefore I trained myself to block all tensions out.

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Mary & SadiesFamousLastWords aka Mo at Diamomds & Dirt

What is your go to product or therapy for keeping your horse sound for the season?
After 5 years of going down the road, I decided that many rodeos was over for me. If I was to make the finals again it was going to be much less rodeos. Now days, at least the cost of fuel etc.has come down but the miles is what wears a horse out. Picking rodeos an not traveling all over the country is on my agenda. I keep a check on health with my sponsor vet Charlie Buchanan at BVEH and special sponsors with herbal remedies and non drug products to keep his body healthy. Oxygen, LubriSyn, Simply Equine, Blue Bonnet Feeds and comfort fitting tack from Professional Choice.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given regarding barrel racing?
I am my own person so I haven’t ever had an inspiration from any one. I’ve set my own standards an just try to be true to myself an trust in God, whether it’s good or bad.

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better rodeo as a sport?
I would like to see a limit of 75 rodeos a year to help stop the multiple rigs on the road. It would put a little bit of limit on the money game played these days and protect the welfare of the horse.

I have been blessed with a wonderful career with horses an thank God an my family for all my success.

Photos submitted by Mary Burger*

 

On The Record

Mary Walker NFR 16

Mary Walker is no stranger to the National Finals Rodeo, but she is a fresh face on Lipstick & Cowboy Boots. The Ennis, Texas resident had a smokin’ 2016 season where she finished in 3rd position after 75 rodeos and $$112,815.95.

Walker won $2,534.42 from Denver, CO, $4,623.98 in San Angelo, Tx, won the 1st go, average and final round in Tuscon, AZ for over $7000, she dominated all three rounds of her Super Series at Houston taking home $3000 in each, $4,2847 in Kissimmee, FL, $2,564.32 in Rosenberg, TX,  $3,294.70 at Lewiston, ID,  $2.942.20 in Pueblo, CO, and $2,052.96 in Kalispell, MT. Those are just rodeos where she won over $2000, I didn’t include those under $2k.

If you live under a rock and are unfamiliar with Walker, she is married to 16-time Wrangler NFR Steer Wrestling Qualifier and 1981 World Champion Byron Walker. On April 23, 2011 Mary lost her only son in a car accident. Just over a month later Mary and Perculatin (Latte) fell at a barrel race. Mary was confined to a wheelchair for four months after receiving surgery. She had eight plates and eleven pins to stabilize her hip that she had broken in three places. She had also shattered her pelvis, had two fractured vertebrae and broke two toes. It wasn’t long after her rehab that she began to set her sights on the 2012 National Finals Rodeo. In 2012 Mary not only made the Wrangler NFR, she won the World with a total of $274,233.28 won. If that doesn’t give you chills, I don’t know what will.

Perculatin aka. Latte is a 2004 gelding out of Dash for Perks and Curiocity Corners, a Silver Lucky Buck mare.

Do Latte & Bojangles have any quirks?
Latte has a lot of strange things he does: he always rubs his left front leg when you warm him up. He doesn’t like white lead ropes. He walks all over you. He doesn’t do that to men just woman. He likes his water as soon as he gets through running. I sold Bojangles but some of his strange things were he would not go into a strange stall or wash rack. You would have to back him in. And of course he loved his butt scratched and would about run over you to get it scratched. His new owner is now dealing with the same thing.

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Mary and Latte at the Calgary Stampede

How would you describe their style?
Both horses are push style horses. Very smooth and long strides. Both horses are very responsive to whatever you want them to do. If you ever even whisper the word “whoa” they will stop immediately.

What are your favorite bloodlines for barrel racing?
I am not to big on bloodlines. I think if the horse has the mind and the heart it takes to make a rodeo horse it really doesn’t make that big of a difference.

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses, what kept the NFR dream alive for you?
Dreaming of making the NFR takes a lot of dedication. When you work as hard as it takes you can’t quit. You are usually only to get that great horse once in a life time so you should take advantage and just make it work.

We all know that being competitive takes mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? Do you do anything before a run to keep your nerves in check?
Before my runs I have usually spent all day preparing for that run. You have practiced and made sure everything is good so when the time comes you have already run it thru your head so everything comes pretty natural. I try not to get over excited. Take some deep breaths and get to myself and don’t watch anyone else.

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Mary with Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier & Calgary Stampede board member Toni Dixon

What is your go to product or therapy for keeping your horses sound for the season?
My Ice-vibe boots from Horseware is my always go to. I make sure Latte legs a properly taking care of after his runs. I use Platinum Performance everyday In his feed. It keeps him healthy and his coat is always shiny.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given regarding barrel racing?
Take the wins as well as the losses. It can be and up and down roller coaster.

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better rodeo as a sport?
Being able to better rodeo as a sport is to always look professional so that our younger generation has something to look up to. It all starts in the junior division and teaching them to become the best athletes we can will help them to be.

On The Record

Ivy Conrado – WNFR ’16

It is her second year running in the Womens Professional Rodeo Association, and Hudson, Colorado’s own Ivy Conrado is headed to the bright lights of Las Vegas for her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. 

Conrado and CF Tibbie Stinson aka Tibbie ran at 57 rodeos taking home $111,160.11. The pair won $3,378.36 in Kennewick, GA ,$4,809.04 at Sheridan, WY, $3,944 in Spanish Fork, UT, $4,066 in Billings, MT, over $14,500 from Fort Worth, Texas, over $8900 in Denver, Colorado, and over $20,265 from San Antonio, Texas. During the Calgary Stampede, despite less than ideal conditions, she took home $16,300.

Tibbie is by Dash Ta Fame stud, Eddie Stinson and Little Fancy Granny, a mare out of Del Puerto Bill. Tibbie was trained and futuritied by Ivy’s Dad, Kelly Conrado, who won 7 Futurity titles on her. This year in Fort Worth, Texas the duo won RFD-TV’s The American Semi-Finals, taking home a check for $40,019.88!

What are your favorite bloodlines for barrel racing?
Dash Ta Fame, Eddie Stinson, Darkelly, JL Dash Ta Heaven, Shawne Bug, Pie in the Sky, Playgun, Flaming Jet, Firewater Flit & many more! I have also learned that anything that wins. Crossing horses that are proven in Equistat and LTE is important just because a horse has the big names on its papers does not make it a winner. Do your research, thoroughly. Good bone and good feet are becoming a lost art. Pay attention to length of horses pasterns; that plays into suspensory issues.

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses, what kept the NFR dream alive for you?
It’s the NFR! The Super Bowl of rodeo, the best of the best. Your name goes down with a select group. As much as everyone wants to be down on rodeo, the National Finals is an epic event. No one can take that away from you. They payout definitely kept me hooked. I will say you get addicted to it. I’m ready for another season!

Photo submitted by Ivy Conrado

Photo submitted by Ivy Conrado

We all know that being competitive takes mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? Do you do anything before a run to keep your nerves in check?
Everyone acts like they do nothing and they are just that great. Which maybe some are but I really like the book With Winning in Mind. My dad periodically reminds me to go back and re-read it. I always try to keep my heart rate and breathing under control and only focus on 2-3 things in each run. I have a routine I go through from saddling to warm up to putting gear on Tibbie to run. Slowing everything down is important.

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Photo by Kenneth Springer

What was your favorite rodeo this year and why?
A tie between San Antonio and Calgary. The tunnel at San Antonio gave me chills! I’m not sure what it is about it, just such a cool place to run barrels. Calgary is the best rodeo I have ever been to! Hands down! Everything about it is so.. Special!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given regarding barrel racing?
That this is my job and there is no reason to be nervous or have anxiety for my job that I do everyday!

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better rodeo as a sport?
A better shot at guaranteed money! We are one of the few professional sports that has absolutely zero guaranteed money except from sponsors we go out and get ourselves or that contact us. It’s a hard way to make a living!

A big thank you to all my sponsors, my Dad and everyone that has pitched in to help me be where I’m at today– they all know who they are!

If you want to learn more about Ivy & Tibbie, check out the interview I did earlier in the 2016 season here

On The Record

Pamela Capper – WNFR ’16

Pamela Capper of Cheny, WA has been in the top 20 of the Womens Professional Rodeo Association since 2012, and this year she is finally heading for Vegas after taking home $87,504.76 from 63 rodeos.

Capper won $3944 at the Kennewick, WA Champion Challenge, won Canby, OR $2,444, won $3555 from Walla Walla, WA,  $12,800 out of San Angelo, TX winning the Final and the Average, took $5500 out of Houston, 2nd at Redding, CA Wrangler Champions Challenge for just over $3k, $6600 from Reno, NV Gold Tour, won Canby, OR for $2,444.00, won Pasedena, TX,  $2,039.80, & won over $8000 in Pendleton and won the final go round.

Capper’s main mount is Sheza Smooth Flight aka. Jesse who is by Dinner Flight and out of Lady Lasmooth a Smooth Move mare.

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Pam and her horse Jesse

Does your main mount have any quirks?
Jesse doesn’t like anything over her head like flags, and when in an arena just riding around, it needs to be quiet. Music makes her think the race is on!

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Pam at Pendleton OR

How would you describe her style?
Jesse is a push style horse. I ride her with a loose chin strap.

What are your favorite bloodlines for barrel racing?
I like the racing Quarter Horse lines. The individual needs to be intelligent, athletic and have good feet. I am more partial to mares.

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses, what kept the NFR dream alive for you?
I rodeo for a living so I keep going but mid-august I realized I managed to stay in the TOP 15. I tried to keep Jesse feeling good and get to rodeos that I felt would be crucial to compete at. I learned how hard this rodeoing is, so I would keep telling myself, “If if were easy, everyone would be doing it.” I had to make changes in my life to be able to rodeo full time, and I feel God has sent me on my journey that has resulted in Las Vegas.”

We all know that being competitive takes mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? Do you do anything before a run to keep your nerves in check?
I try to get enough sleep and review my mental game plan before a run. Positive thinking is a must.

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What is your go to product or therapy for keeping your horse sound for the season?
I wrap legs every time Jesse is in the trailer, and like to ice her legs after each run.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given regarding barrel racing?
When I started training my own horses I was told, “Same thing every time.” To build consistency in my runs.

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better rodeo as a sport?
I would like for rodeo committees to work together with their times and slacks so they can be worked on the same weekend.

I would like to thank my 2017 Sponsors Slone Saddles, Savannah 7’s, and All Terrain Fence. 

 

All photos submitted by Pamela*

 

On The Record

Stevi Hillman – WNFR ’16

Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas ran at 96 rodeos this year and took home $104,642.98. She is heading to her very first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo after an outstanding 2016 season.

Hillman won 1st Go in Pueblo, CO for $3,944.00, Won 1st go and the Average in Casper, WY taking home $3,310.69ea, Red Lodge, MT for $3,216.68, Bell Fourth, SD for $4,055.16, Won the 1st Go at Reno, NV Gold Tour Final & Avg for over $10k, Won over $11k in Pendleton, OR,  Logandale, NV, Silver Tour 1st Go  $2,915.78, 3rd in Deadwood, SD for $2,450.11. She won over $10k in Salinas CA, Won Pueblo, CO Champions Challenge $3,944.00, 3rd at Walla Walla, WA for $2,577.43, and the list goes on.

Stevi has been on a horse her entire life. “I’ve been riding since before I could walk and grew up going to play days etc. I never got to junior or high school rodeo but I grew up with horses. My Step-Dad trained, so that’s where I learned all of my foundation from. They also team roped, so I can head and heel. Then from there I worked for cutters, a reiner, a polo player, which allowed me to get on so many different horses and develop that feel for a horse. I am blessed to have had those opportunities.”

Her two main mounts this year were Cuatro Fame, a bay gelding who is by Dash Ta Fame and out of a Streakin Six mare named Princess Streaks, and Morning Traffic, a 2011 palomino mare by Frenchmans Guy and out of a First Down Dash mare named Evening Traffic.

Do your horses have any quirks?
Cuatro Fame aka Truck has several quirks lol he’s such a cartoon character. He does the flamingo (holds a front leg up) before we run, or anytime he’s anxious or excited. He’s huge and thinks he’s little, so he is in your space constantly. He is an absolute sweetheart but yet can be a jerk too, if he doesn’t like something, you will know right away. Truck is very confident in himself.

Morning Traffic aka Martini is a princess/diva, she doesn’t like to get wet, hates a bath! She also makes sucking noises with her lips when she’s nervous or excited, it’s pretty funny. And I’d say her other quirk is she’s extremely sensitive, you barely ask for an inch and you get a mile, as to where Cuatro is exact opposite.

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Stevi & Martini dominating Pendleton Round-Up

How would you describe their style?
Cuatro style is he gives 110% percent, which sometimes works against us. He is really big/ long strides and heavy, you really have to get momentum and drive him hard. He gets low and comes back hard

Martini loves to run, she is firey. So I stay more calm and poised on her but then she’s all business in the arena which allows me to drive her but outside of arena, everything is quiet and calm. She stands up more in her turns and really drives off her hind end

What are your favorite bloodlines for barrel racing?
Of course Dash Ta Fames and then I’ll say Frenchmans Guy. I also really like the Playgun bred horses crossed on run and the Traffic Guys.

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses, what kept the NFR dream alive for you?
Only with Gods strength was I able to keep pushing and never give up. There is nothing greater than knowing you are right where He wants you, not always easy… Actually it’s usually harder. So never give up on the passion God has put in your heart.

We all know that being competitive takes mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? Do you do anything before a run to keep your nerves in check?
I feel it is more mental than anything. My husband has helped me through the years become mentally tough, so that when it gets challenging, or you get exhausted, you know how to handle your emotions. Staying focused and poised is my main thing, I stay focused on the end goal and poised for my horses so that I am the best help to them that I can be.

I watch a lot of fearless motivational videos, they keep your mind in a good state.

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What is your go to product or therapy for keeping your horse sound for the season?
#1 I would have to say is my EquiSagger, horse massager, they both absolutely love their massages and it keeps their muscles loose and keeps them feeling good. Also the PHT blankets help create more circulation and blood flow, especially standing in the trailer for hours at a time. Its one of the most important thing, in my opinion, keeping your horses happy and sound on the road. You have to know your horse and what they specifically need.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given regarding barrel racing?
‘Stay in your run’ Laurie Jones said to me one time and it stuck like glue. My motto this past year was, one run at a time. That helps because it’s an endurance race for sure. Also, when I was younger, I was always told, ‘pay attention to your horse’ lol that is imprinted in my brain, and it is super important

-Nutrena, 5StarPads, MVP, ShilohSaddlery, PHT MagnaCu products, RockNRollCowgirl, FlairStrip, Equipulmin, KerryKelleyBitsAndSpurs, HayRite Alfalfa cubes

Photos submitted by Stevi*

On The Record

Kimmie Wall – WNFR ’16

After 53 rodeos and $107,795.53 in the bank, Roosevelt, UT barrel racer Kimmie Wall is South bound for Las Vegas, Nevada!

Wall and her mare Foxy battled it out against the best and won Gooding, ID for $2,009.53, Burely, ID for $1,695.66, Hermiston, OR for $4,492.26, Herber City, UT  $2,361.28, won just over $6000 in San Antonio, won $6500 in Logandale NV Silver Tour, won Redding CA Wrangler Champ Challenge $3,944.00, won $6530 in Reno during the Gold Tour, was 2nd at both Kennewick and Cody for $3,016 at their Champions Challenge, and cashed in at many more.

Kimmie grew up with three older brothers on a cattle ranch where they were always horse back and all roped. She competed in various horse events her whole life. This will be her first Wrangler N.F.R qualification. She has been close to qualifying before, but we all know close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades. In 2014 she finished 20th, and 2015 was 19th. This year she made a huge leap and found herself in 5th position.

Kimmies bay mare is TKW Bullysfamous Fox by Bully Bullion and a Dash Ta Fame mare named Gateway Ta Love. Each of the horses that Kimmie and her husband Travis raise have the TKW in front of their name as it stands for Travis/Kimmie Wall.

Does she have any quirks?
Foxy is full of quirks!!! She pins her ears. Stomps her feet. Paces the fence. Kicks the trailer. Occasionally might bite. She is kind of a stinker.

How would you describe her style?
I think she runs hard and turns hard. The harder I can run to the first barrel the better she turns it.

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Kimmie & Foxy at Salinas, California Photo by FotoChaser

What are your favorite bloodlines for barrel racing?
If I could have 10 more of Foxy I would! I like ‘turny’ horses.

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses, what kept the NFR dream alive for you?
It is literally the hardest thing I have ever done. And it is so easy to get down. Foxy just had a few years of growing up to do. She was really pretty green when she started competed. I guess I knew deep in my heart we could do it. I knew Foxy deserved to be there and with all the support from my family I wanted them to be there to.

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The Wall Family (Stran, Kimmie, Travis & Brylee)

We all know that being competitive takes mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo?
I am a total positive thinker. I don’t allow negative thoughts of any kind to creep into my thoughts. I always look for the positive in every situation. If things don’t go the way I want I just find a way to fix it not worry about it.

Do you do anything before a run to keep your nerves in check?
I always just try and stay calm. I have a small routine of stretching and warming up. Then I will let Foxy just sit still for a while and relax. It always helps to find a friend and just visit.

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Foxy, Stella & Hiccup, all decked out in their Cactus gear with the gorgeous Kimmie Wall

What is your go to product for keeping your horse sound for the season?
I cannot live without my Platinum Performance CJ. I really feel like it has kept all my horses happy and healthy on the road. It has also kept their joints happy and healthy.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given regarding barrel racing?
Correctness is Key! When working your horse on the pattern and it even funnels into your run.

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better rodeo as a sport?
I would love to see every rodeo be educated on how to care for the ground. A lot of rodeos that are known for having bad ground actually try to work the ground they just work it wrong- maybe without proper amount of water or improper equipment. An open mind goes a long ways.

Shout Out to Kimmie’s sponsors! Cactus Saddlery, Platinum performance, Ranchdress’n, Cactus Gear, Dynamic Edge, Sore No More, Glam & Grit, Purina, & Three Wise Chicks.

 

All photos submitted by Kimmie*

On The Record

Amberleigh Moore – WNFR ’16

In 2015 Salem, OR cowgirl Amber Moore was a rookie. During the 2016 season she was picking up cheque’s and steadily climbing, but didn’t make the top 15 in the WPRA til the second last week of the season. After $79,067.98 and 53 rodeos, Moore is headed to her very first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The 48 year old won Omak for $2765.48, Misoula, Montana for $2,022.88, and Sisters, OR for $4,316.48. It was a second place finish in Albuquerque, NM that put her into the Top 15 in late September.

Amber has been riding horses all her life, and competed on her main mount CP Dark Moon aka Paige at the futurities. Paige is by Darkelly and out of an On A High mare, and runs to the left. She will also be bringing Junos Royal Flush aka Jen as her back up horse who is by Dash of Royal Gold and out of a Kings Tuf N Royal mare.

Does she have any quirks?
Paige always has to have a traveling partner with her. She likes to have everything in order, she is a perfectionist.

How would you describe her style?
Paige’s style is hard running and hard turning. She is very consistent, and doesnt like to make mistakes.

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What are your favorite bloodlines for barrel racing?
Darkelly of course!

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses, what kept the NFR dream alive for you?
Making it to the NFR was a dream made possible by focusing on “one run at a time” and not worrying about the bigger picture, but enjoying the moment.

We all know that being competitive takes mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo? Do you do anything before a run to keep your nerves in check?
I stay true to my game, but keeping the same routine for both Paige and myself. I remind myself its just 3 barrels, enjoy the ride.

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What is your go to product for keeping your horse sound for the season?
I use Back On Track hauling down the road and I like to get Paige home as much as possible to keep her fresh and happy.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given regarding barrel racing?
The best advice was given to me by a long time friend and barrel racer. “Dont ever put your horse in harms way, so they never have to lose your trust every time you send them down that alley.”

I would like to thank my sponsors, Tight Joints Plus, Medic Vet, Back On Track, 5 Star Pads, Double J Saddlery, Champion Feed, OE, Silverlining Herbs, Purina, CR Ranchwear, Earl’s Garage, House H Top Tanch, Brn4D, Belle Star Boutique, Katiescoasttocoast & G&J Logging.

 

All photos submitted by Amber*

On The Record

Kirsty White CFR 16

The Number 1 Ladies Barrel Racer going into the Canadian Finals Rodeo is Kirsty White who ran at 40 rodeos and took home $30,195.31. She won Kennedy, Sk, Bruce, Alberta, tied for first in Merrit, British Columbia and won the first round of the Cinch Finals, all aboard her mare Special Tack aka Racey.

Racey is by Plain Special out of a Cutters Bonanza (Major Bonanza) mare.

Does she have any quirks?
She has a lot of quirks. She is sensitive, reactive and electric!

How would you describe her style?
She has a very correct style, turning on all fours like a four wheel drive. Racey makes huge moves.




With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses, what kept the CFR dream alive for you?
My horse. She never lets me down.

How do you stay healthy on the road? Do you exercise or just eat as healthy as you can?
Yes, I run and really try to eat green while on the road. I try to get lots of rest and exercise.

What are your favorite bloodlines for barrel racing?
Special Effort, Major Bonanza, Dash ta Fame, Raise a Secret, & Bugs Alive 75.

Kirsty at CFR40 2013

Kirsty at CFR40 2013


What qualities do you look for when looking to buy a young horse?

I look for a good disposition and pedigree. Correct legs, a hind end that can get in the ground, elevated front end and a frame that will fill out proportionally.

Riding a seasoned barrel horse, what exercises do you do for tune-ups on the pattern
Collection, collection, collection. I teach them to keep their legs under their body and have it be their habit. I work on softness in the pole and mouth, as well as speed control to keep them relaxed and happy with a great work ethic.

Kirsty & Racey

Kirsty & Racey


Regarding legging a horse up, what is your routine?
I do speed controlled work outs. Lope big, lope short, and then do slow work on the pattern.

We all know that being competitive takes mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo?
I always meditate and use deep breathing as it expels the busy thoughts in my head and helps me react. I like to stay focused on each stride as it’s happening. I really give thought to the set up and be smart about how I approach it to give myself and horse the best opportunity to capitalize.

What is your go to product for keeping your horse sound for the season?
Our vet Ty Corbiel, Sharpe Edge Supplements including Happy Belly, Mare Mix, Joint Support, and especially the One A Day, would not go without it, it’s a great support for the immune system. Also like Trimax to keep weight on.

What do you do in the off season?
In the off season I head to Arizona to ride young horses.

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