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Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi WNFR 2017

The number ten cowgirl is no stranger to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi of Victoria, Texas raked in $92,929.57 after 95 rodeos in the 2017 season. She will be packing Steele Magnolias (By Magnolia Bar Jet, out of a Roan Bar Eighty mare), Freckles ta Fame (By Dash Ta Fame, out of a Frenchmans Guy mare), and Ima Super Fly Guy (By Frenchmans Guy, out of a Streakin Six mare) with her to Las Vegas this December.

What are your main mounts quirks?
Steeley is very stand offish and she is all business. She doesn’t really care if other horses are around and she can be hard to catch if she doesn’t want to be caught.

What was your favorite rodeo this year and why?
I would have to say that my favorite rodeo was Prescott this year because I won so much there.

What is the best piece of advice you could give regarding barrel racing?
My best advice would be to always seek advice. You never stop learning and you can learn something from everyone. I also think that you need to get a game plan and stick with it. Its hard to be a winner without constancy.




If you were just starting out now, who would you train under, what clinics would you be taking? Who do your morals line up with?
If I was starting out I would try to work for some one instead of going to clinics. I would want to get first hand experience day in and day out. There is so much involved with training horses and rodeo that you cant learn it all in clinic.

We all know that being competitive takes mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo and at the futurities? Do you do anything before a run to keep your nerves in check?
I don’t really have a pre run routine but I am very organized and prepared when I show up to an event and I think that gives me confidence and a mental edge.

Under your program, what do you do when a horse feels off to you? Who/what therapies do you include in your program?
I immediately call Dr. Marty Tanner and we come up with a game plan. I always try to find the problem before I go any further with riding or training so I don’t create an even bigger problem. I like to use a lot magnets and ice when it comes to taking care of legs.

When shopping, what areas of conformation turn you off? What points of conformation do your prospects absolutely must have?
I don’t really shop because we have about 15 babies born every year on the place. I just ride what I don’t sell and I have seen a lot of horses that have been overlooked because of conformation issues that have gone on to do amazing things.

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better barrel racing as a sport?
I think every barrel racers dream would be to see the ground improved at the rodeos. It has gotten a lot better over the years and committees are really trying but they have a hard time keeping it consistent through out the rodeo.

This isn’t your first time headed to Vegas, what is your most memorable WNFR moment from the past, and what are you most excited for this time?
I think the 2009 NFR was the best for me. Duke was amazing for 10 rounds and we left with a gold buckle and lots of money. I am super excited to be back and just going to enjoy every moment.

Photo from Pozzis Facebook**




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Tillar Murray WNFR 2017

Headed to the National Finals Rodeo in the number twelve position is Tillar Murray, hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, after 91 rodeos and $86,019.79 won. She will be bringing three sorrels with her; Dirty Dan Stinson (“Dirty Dan” by Eddie Stinson out of a Easy Lano mare, 6 years old), Lil Gracie’s Dude (“Tic Tac” by Smart Lil Crimson out of a Buster Welch mare, 17 years old), and Royal Star Commander (“Commander” by AR Star and a Royal Go Go mare, 9 years old) with her to Vegas.

What are your main mounts quirks?
All three have pretty different styles. Although Dirty Dan tends to be really ratey, he has only competed in a handful of small arenas and tends to be a little freer running when he runs consecutively in the same pen. Commander is pretty unpredictable and can be really spooky so the Thomas and Mack may be a little overwhelming for him, but he is so fast that he makes up for his mistakes. Tic Tac is by far my most consistent horse and the one I have known for the longest. I have had Tic Tac since middle school so I have had many experiences running him in all types of pens and different set ups.

What was your favorite rodeo this year and why?
Helldorado Days in Las Vegas – it was my first rodeo win of the season and one of my very first rodeos to compete in on Dirty Dan. It was after that win I really knew he was special.

What has been the best advice you’ve been given regarding barrel racing or rodeo?
Every person goes through difficult and losing times. It is not how quickly you get through the hard times but what you learn from the hard times. Keep working hard in the down times and prepare yourself to do your best when the opportunities arise and the good times come around.




If you were just starting out now, who would you train under, what clinics would you be taking? Who do your morals line up with? 
I have trained with the Wright family for over 10 years now. There is nobody else that I would rather train with. I thought the world of Ed Wright and think the same of Martha Wright. I love how Martha puts so much focus on horsemanship and always puts the horses first. Martha never pushes a horse too fast or takes a chance of jeopardizing the horse’s long term well being, which is so important to me and I have come to fully appreciate. I feel so fortunate to have had the Wright family alongside me every step of the way for so many years.

With all the miles made, what kept the WNFR dream alive for you?
The little, stubborn, persistent kid in me that has been dreaming about running down the Thomas & Mack for as long as I can remember.

Photo by Allison Ballinger

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?
Ed Wright always used to tell me it’s just you and the horse and nothing anyone else says or does matters. It was such a simple statement I didn’t really fully understand when he said it and probably still do not fully practice. However, each time before I go in I just try to think of it as another practice run. Each run I just focus on helping my horse and preparing him for the next run. I’ve found that when I make each run more about my horse and less about me, it takes the pressure off of trying to win.

Under your program, what do you do when a horse feels off to you? Who/what therapies do you include in your program? 
If I am on the road, I start by using my equivibe blanket, icing their legs, and lasering them. If they still do not feel their best, I take them to our vet or chiropractor, depending on the issue.

When shopping, what areas of conformation turn you off? What points of confirmation do your prospects absolutely must have?
Honestly, I just ask Martha Wright. I do not know near enough about conformation to make a judgment I would trust.

Photos submitted by Tillar*




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Ivy Conrado WNFR 2017

Returning for her second consecutive Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is Ivy Conrado of Hudson, Colorado, after cashing in $78,180.90 at 88 rodeos in the 2017 season. She will be bringing CF Tibbie Stinson aka Tibby (by Eddie Stinson, out of a Del Puerto Bill mare), KN Fabs Gift of Fame aka JLo (by Frenchmans Fabulous, out of a Dash Ta Fame mare) and Fames To Blame aka Famey (by Lions Share of Fame, out of a Frenchmans Guy mare)

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
Rodeo Houston! I didn’t get to go to Calgary this year but I do love Calgary! Both rodeos take great care of the contestants— other rodeos should take notes!!

What has been the best advice you’ve been given regarding barrel racing or rodeo?
To have a short memory!

If you were just starting out now, who would you train under, what clinics would you be taking? Who do your morals line up with?
That’s a great question! I’m not really sure. Lisa Lockhart’s horsemanship & patience is unbelievable. She teams up with her horses instead of stepping on and demanding. I’d love to ride with Jordon Briggs! I am of course bias to my dads horsemanship & Jimmie Munroe’s.

With all the miles made, what kept the WNFR dream alive for you?
Well rodeo is my job & the only way you can really make money is at the NFR. It’s your “bonus” for the year, so to keep my dream alive of being able to do this I have to make the “bonus round” which is the NFR!




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 was struggling this year and I was at a jackpot in Cresson, Tx. Molli Montgomery was in the holding pen & we were just vaguely talking about my struggles. She told me to get the book The Inner Game of Tennis. So I did! Now, whenever I am struggling, I will go back & listen to my favorite chapters to get back to the correct winning state of mind.

Under your program, what do you do when a horse feels off to you? Who/what therapies do you include in your program?
I usually have a spaz attack and call Marty Tanner, Kelly Tisher & Reese Hand. I’ll do whatever they tell me depending on what’s going on. I have Ice Boots, a Responds System Blanket & will use a P3 whenever I can get my hands on one.

When shopping, what areas of conformation turn you off? What points of conformation do your prospects absolutely must have?
For rodeo horses I absolutely won’t touch anything with long pasterns. They won’t last with the rodeo ground conditions. I have to have a low hock that is underneath of them so that they never “fish tail” because that is also a recipe for disaster on not so perfect ground. Horses that are naturally up underneath of themselves & I have found that horses high in their withers, maybe even a little higher in their withers than their hind end, stay underneath themselves. Good bone density is a must have as well!

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better rodeo as a sport?
As far as I’m concerned my aspirations are in the WPRA. I would love to see the structure of the WPRA board be slightly changed just so we can get more done as an association. Also seeking out better policies for the current drugs rules & presenting them as the WPRA’s own set of rules to the limited rodeos committees so that there is a difference in fines & strikes between the use of banamine/bute versus actual harmful drugs to our equine athletes. I would love to see PROCOM be updated & maybe even become online! I really just want to see the WPRA & the PRCA move forward instead of running in place!

Photos submitted by Ivy*




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Kellie Collier WNFR 2017

Kellie Collier just came from the Canadian Finals Rodeo, finishing tenth in the standings after $25,921.03 won in the 2017 season on her horse Muffin.

Collier is headed to Vegas in 13th position with $83,337.95 won after 99 rodeos, and will be running LoLo (Streakin Easy April, by Streak of Fling out of a Doc O Dynamite mare, Easy April Lena)

I had chatted with Kellie a bit heading into the CFR. To read about her CPRA season, and her horses, click here.

What are you most looking forward to in Las Vegas?
I am of course looking forward to running down the alley in the Thomas and Mack. It’s been a life long dream and goal, and I can’t wait to experience that adrenaline rush.

What was your most memorable moment on the road in 2017? 
There were a lot of ups and downs on the road this year. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. But my most memorable moment would probably have to either be winning Denver or winning Stephenville (which punched my ticket to the NFR).




What has been the best advice you’ve been given regarding barrel racing or rodeo?
The best advice I have ever been given is, that you have to learn how to lose before you can win. Another very important piece of advice I have been given is, if you do good or bad your still headed to the next one.

If you were just starting out now, who would you train under, what clinics would you be taking? Who do your morals line up with?
I honestly believe I have grown up with one of the best coaches and mentors some one could ask for and that’s my mom Kathleen. She taught me a lot. On the other hand there is some very respectable people out here on the road that have helped me along the way. Too many to name, but amazing amazing people. Also, if I could give any advice to someone looking for mentors, just ask questions and don’t be afraid to talk to the ones that have been there and done that!!

When shopping, what areas of conformation turn you off? What points of conformation do your prospects absolutely must have?
My three horses are all different in conformation. So to me, conformation is different in every style of barrel racing. I wish I could look into a horses heart and tell if they wanted it and love it as much as I do.

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better rodeo as a sport?
I believe that everyone is doing a very good job of keeping horses and athletes safe to the best of their ability. And to see the try in the committees this year is outstanding.

Kellie would like to thank her sponsors, Top of Texas, ASCO, Tireworks, CSI saddle pads, Biome, Professional choice, Panhandle/RockandRoll Denim, JW Brooks Custom Hat Company, MVP Supplements, and Mobile Veterinarian Practice.

Photo submitted by Kellie*




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Sydni Blanchard WNFR 2017

Sydni Blanchard of Albuquerque, New Mexico is headed back to the WNFR this year after winning $91,361.75 at 74 rodeos in the 2017 season. She will be bringing Famous Heartbreaker (by Dash Ta Fame out of a Shawne Bug mare) a 7yr old mare and Mr Famous Jess (by Jess Louisiana Blue out of a Dash Ta Fame Mare) an yr old gelding.

What are your main mounts quirks?
Jesse is very sweet and personable, Heart is pushy and bites.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
Baker Montana was a huge win for us. We were on the bubble with a month left of rodeo . Winning It was a huge relief.

What has been the best advice you’ve been given regarding barrel racing or rodeo?
The best advise I have been given was from my mom my rookie year at Reno . I was nervous running in the shot go with world champions and she said, ” Just do your Job and leave the winning up to God.” I live by that.

If you were just starting out now, who would you train under, what clinics would you be taking?
If I were just starting out now I would find a barrel racer that Is consistent and a good winner . Someone I would want to ride similar to and study them. Pick their brain and ride with them. If you truly want to be great at something you will figure out how to be great at it. I still attend clinics , ask questions and ride with horseman I admire. If you are not learning you are not living.




With all the miles made, what kept the WNFR dream alive for you?
I’m not sure what keeps the dream alive. Sometimes you get to a point that you have put so much into it that you have no choice but to push forward. Mainly knowing everything my friends and family have done to help me achieve these goals keeps me on the road when I want to go home.


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 been blessed with a mother that is a therapist that also studied sports psychology. She taught me different exercises to help with nerves as well as goal setting which helps with over all success. My father also played sports and taught me to stay at a happy medium in competition and my grandfather is one of the most mentally tough individuals I know he has always been eager to share all of his knowledge with me. I am now passionate about helping others with goals and nerves. I make it available to contact me for coaching on my website. Sydniblanchard.com

Under your program, what do you do when a horse feels off to you? Who/what therapies do you include in your program?
I believe the trick is assessing a problem before it becomes a bigger problem. Knowing your horse is important. When they feel good or if they seem lethargic. Listen to their breathing , being aware of what is normal for your horse. I use stress line equine products , revita vet , centurion products , the theraplate . And other therapies to keep my horses in line. Vet work as needed.

When shopping, what areas of conformation turn you off? What points of confirmation do your prospects absolutely must have?
Confirmation is important to me . There are particular confirmations that fit my riding style. I’m not as confident on a short strided short necked horse. If we raise one however I do go on with them and sell them later. Just because a horse is not my style does not mean they won’t be perfect for someone else. Strait legs low hocks and a short back are all important for soundness, athleticism and speed.

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better rodeo as a sport?
to better the sport of rodeo I would like to see more money at more rodeos. The more large rodeos we have the more large rodeos will materialize. I believe that would help the majority of contestants make money rodeoing. I know that at a world champion perspective one would rather not have the large money rodeos count for the NFR but i do believe things need to change in order for the sport to progress.

A huge thank you to God my family, friends and sponsors. Elite Compression Services, Blackmon Quarter Horses, Stress Line Equine Products, The Rowdy Rose and Revita Vet.

Photos submitted by Sydni*




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Taci Bettis WNFR 2017

The 2017 Rookie of the Year is coming into the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 8th position, after $97,023.14 at 71 rodeos.

Taci Bettis of Round Top, Texas is a two time AQHA World Champion in the Amateur barrel racing, and has certainly proved herself to be a champion this year in the WPRA, keeping up with the best in the Womens Professional Rodeo Association. Taci has been featured on Racers Edge on RFD-TV, and the preview gives me goosebumps.

Bettis will be packing Bogie is a Smash “Smash” by Bogie Biankus out of a Remember Smash mare, Bogies French Bug “Bugs” by Frenchmans Bogie, and LK Sheza Hayday “Ziva” by PC Frenchmans Hayday, out of a Pie in the Sky mare, with her to Las Vegas this December.

What are your main mounts quirks?
Smash is a bit needy, he has to have a buddy he is familiar with when we are on the road.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
I would say Reno because It really got my season going. That was our first big breakthrough and kicked everything off.

What has been the best advice you’ve been given regarding barrel racing or rodeo?
There is no substitute for hard work in barrel racing/rodeo. If you put the work in and stay committed, it will pay off.

If you were just starting out now, who would you train under, what clinics would you be taking? Who do your morals line up with?
I have a great coach, mentor, hauling partner, and friend in Tammy Fischer. She knows how to push people to get the best out of them and she is a big player in why I am where I am today. From starting colts to seasoning barrel Horses, she has done It all and has had a lot of success.

With all the miles made, what kept the WNFR dream alive for you?
The WNFR has always been a dream but I was really out there this summer to take it all in. I tried to treat it one week at a time and fortunately I had some great weeks this season. it gets hard being away from home for so long but as the season came closer to an end, the dream looked more like a reality and here we are, packing to go run at the Thomas & Mack.

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?
Drink… A lot… just kidding. But seriously, the sport of rodeo is very humbling and you MUST be strong mentally. There is no guaranteed money like in other professional sports, there are no days off, we have to compete and win to get paid, bottom line. When you have those kind of stakes at play, the pressure can feel overbearing at times. But we breathe, talk to our family, friends and mentors, and we realize that we are living the dream, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.




Under your program, what do you do when a horse feels off to you? Who/what therapies do you include in your program?
I think it’s important to know how your horse feels so you can catch the little things before they become much more serious. If it’s something I feel needs attention I’m usually on the phone with my vet for a consultation.

When shopping, what areas of conformation turn you off? What points of conformation do your prospects absolutely must have?
I seem to always pick ranchy looking horses. Honestly, I don’t look hard at much, I ride them and if I like the way they move and feel then I give them a shot.

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better rodeo as a sport?
I think there is a lot we can do as an association. I think the PRCA/WPRA have done a great job in growing the sport to what it is today, but I genuinely feel that there is a lot more ground to gain moving forward. We have some of the best, most humble, good hearted, genuinely pure athletes in the world in our sport and I’m excited to be a part of helping to gain exposure to the world for my fellow athletes.

Photos from Taci’s Facebook*




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Carman Pozzobon CFR 2017

Our number one Canadian Professional Rodeo Association barrel racer is non-other than Carman Pozzobon, on Ripp the badass record breaking buckskin. The duo won Coleman, Teepee Creek, Coronation, Ponoka, and Armstrong IPE putting $34,186.88 to their name.

 

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses,what kept the CFR dream alive for you?
Many more goals. It all helps in the end to achieve as much as I can.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
Ponoka. It’s a very prestigious rodeo. I love that they try and make it unique and abit more challenging.

Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Performance 1

Do you have a different game plan for this years CFR or will it be similar to last year?
Just aiming for smooth clean runs. Taking it one run at a time and it will all work out in the end.




What new goals have you set for yourself for 2018?
Wanting to get qualified for Calgary, and the winter rodeos so I can make a run down south. If I can fit it in I will hopefully get a chance to try for the All American.

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?
A Balanced life is key. Need enough sleep. Exercise and make sure your mind is clear. Don’t hold on to negative energy. I will go do reiki if I’m to blocked off.

 

IPE and Stampede 2017
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Performance 1

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
Elite Three Hemp Products, Mare Mix.

What is the best piece of advice you’d a barrel racer looking to go pro?
Never put a limit on your Goals. If you can think it you can do it! Never use the word CAN’T.

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
My horses, and Water!!!

Photos submitted by Carman*




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Lynette Brodoway CFR 2017

Coming to Edmonton in second position after 39 rodeos and $30,601.56 pocketed is Lynette Brodoway and her boys, Freeway (11) and Rocket(8). They are half brothers on the sire side, both by Root Beers Boots, who stands at the Sandy Ridge Stallion Station.

How would you describe their style?
Freeway is a straighter type running horse and very aggressive. I try to ride him pretty quiet and just let him do his job. Rocket is a rounder turner and a lot more laid back so I have to be more aggressive in how I ride him. They are both kind and easy to be around.

What was your favourite rodeo this year?
My favourite rodeo was Ponoka. Qualifying for the short go was a long time goal finally achieved. The committee worked so hard for our event, making the ground conditions the very best possible. I am always amazed by the crowd at Ponoka and the high energy!




What has been your most memorable run over the years?
Wainwright’s first go run this year is my most memorable run ever. It was rainy and the ground conditions didn’t look great. I was in the slack, it was cool, and I was so disappointed in the weather and ground conditions. I didn’t have any expectations and decided to just sit back and let Freeway do his job. Long story short – he won the first go. This run helped me make some changes in how I rode him for the rest of the year.

Who is your barrel racing idol, and why?
My barrel racing idol is Rayel Little. Her great horsemanship and humility are a wonderful example to us barrel racers. Rayel was also an inductee to our Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall Of Fame this year.

Will you be rodeoing south of the border this winter?
I will be rodeoing in Arizona this winter. I really enjoy those rodeos and it is a good way to get the year started.

Riding a seasoned horse, how do you keep them sharp on the pattern?
I don’t really have any barrel exercises for Freeway and Rocket but I do periodically breeze them through the pattern and if something shows up I deal with it. I like to reinforce the skills needed for barrel racing while doing other activities. I change this up, sometimes I work, for example, the poles, the cutter’s flag or the Heel O Matic.

We all know that barrel racing and rodeo is very much so a mental sport. How do you stay mentally focused?
Before my run I like to visualize a good run and then focus on executing that good run. This is a very important aspect of the Sport. As part of my ‘Brodoway Mentorship Program’, I am always educating myself and growing in the area of ‘mental toughness’. I practice these concepts personally and then teach them to fellow Barrel Racers through my Program.

What products do you use to keep your horses feeling their best on the road?
‘Herbs for Horses’ has great products that I use to keep Freeway and Rocket sharp and feeling good. Because of their different personalities I have specific products for each horse.

What is the best piece of advice you could give someone who wanted to run pro?
Learning how to ride out the highs and lows of rodeo was a struggle for me. I have learned not to take the bad runs personally and not to get big headed over the good runs.

What is the one thing you cannot live without on the road?
I will not leave home without my daytimer. I write down my times, what I like and don’t like in my runs, my entry dates, how many hours to get to the rodeo, ground conditions and inspiring quotes. Those that travel with me know that we do not leave until it is on the truck dash. My rodeo life is in that black book!

*Photos submitted by Lynette




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Callahan Crossley CFR 2017

After just 23 rodeos, Callahan Crossley and her gelding Brownie raked up $24,762.93 and is headed to the Canadian Finals Rodeo in third spot. This is the Hermiston, Oregon cowgirl’s second CFR qualification.

How would you describe Brownies style and personality?
Brownies style is very deceiving! Nothing fancy about the way he runs the barrels, he just does his job. His personality is another story! He is very corky and it seems everyday it is something new with him. Whether he decides he isn’t going to load in the trailer to not letting you bridle him or clean his feet out, he likes to keep things interesting!

Will you be bringing up another horse to run, or will you rely solely on Brownie throughout the week?
I plan on running Brownie for the 6 rounds but I will be bringing my sister Jordan Minor’s awesome horse Laurie Darling! I ran her at most of the May- June Rodeo’s this year. She is a palomino mare, she is out of my moms old barrel horse (Joes Genuine Copy) and by Frenchman’s Falcon who is an own son of Frenchman’s guy.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
My Favorite Canadian rodeo this year would have to be Ponoka because that is where everything started to turn around and kind of kicked off the rest of the year.




Over the years, what has been your most memorable run you’ve made?
I’d have to say my most memorable run would have to be this year at the 2017 Breeze barrel race in Ponoka where Brownie and I won the 50K!

Who is your barrel racing idol?
My biggest barrel racing idol is my Mom! She’s taught me everything I know and has trained some greats, including my favorite one of all, Brownie!

Riding a seasoned barrel horse, what exercises do you do for tune-ups on the pattern?
For Brownie it’s mostly just keeping him in the best shape. He knows the pattern by now (most days 😜) so I try to not tune on him unless he’s had lots of time off.

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 just try to focus on myself. Don’t worry about what people are doing around you. It’s very easy to get caught up with how much others are winning when your in a slump.

What is the best piece of advice you could give a person who wanted to run pro?
Go for it! Everyone started somewhere.

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
The support of my family and candy!

*Photo submitted by Calli*




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Kirsty White CFR 2017

After 43 rodeos, and $23,713.71 won, Kirsty White has qualified again for the Canadian Finals Rodeo with her great mare Racey aka Special Tack (by Plain Special out of a Cutters Bonanza (Major Bonanza) mare.) This will be White’s fifth CFR, and they are coming in HOT in fourth position!

How would you describe Racey’s style and personality?
Racey is very present, forward and pushy in addition to being very sensitive, she has a very strong personality and is the most reactive horse I have ever been around. She is a difficult horse but has so much try its off the charts. She turns on all four and is very correct but feels different on the left side compared to the right, which is why I went left. She has changed my life. I love her with all my horse. She has the most try out of anything I have ever rode.

Can you tell us about your other horse?
Raisen is exactly the opposite of Racey. Very laid back, easy going but super spooky. Probably one of the finest horses I have ever trained. She wants to use her hind end in the turn, has a great style and is very easy to ride fast. She definitely makes you look good. She is a five year old by an own son of Corona Cartel and out of an own daughter of Raise A Secrete, who is out of Bugs Alive in 75. She is crazy fast and efficient. I am so excited about her




What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
I have two favourites. The last run in my pool at Calgary because I won it, and have tried to win it for a long time, and Okotoks because I won it on Raisen! I was over the moon with her.

Over the years, what has been your most memorable run you’ve made?
Gosh, thats a tough one. Racey worked unreal at Ponoka in the long round this year. I was thirteenth out and she tried her butt off. I won third and then I won Okotoks inside one year by three tenths, almost a flawless run. There are so many great runs, I am just lucky to go fast when I get to.

Who is your barrel racing idol?
Rayel Little, without question the best trainer of all time on the planet!

Will you be rodeoing south the border this winter?
Yes, I got into Houston and San Antonio so I was hoping to have both the horses ready.

Riding a seasoned barrel horse, what exercises do you do for tune-ups on the pattern?
Just exercise every day. Sprints, speed control, slow work, and always long trotting in the field eery few days.

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 just try to stay positive and get all my physical prep done. The mental game when I’m training is patience, sometimes to stretch the ride out is better than dying on that hill. Sometimes they just need time to process. If I’m in a jam, I just retract or ask in a different way, but keep asking and try to wait them out. For competition a person just needs to figure out how to be present and relaxed. Usually deep breathing works best to expel thoughts so as better to react and feel and try to get where you can practice this, away from the chatter.

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
Corvet, Ty Corbiell is my go to. I have complete trust in him and he helps me read my horses needs really well. He cares.

What is the best piece of advice you could give a person who wanted to run pro?
Try not to expect too much and have an open mind. There is so much info our there. Don’t get too high or too low, and try to do everything you can to be prepared. Try to just have one main go to, keep trying and never give up.

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
My horses head gear.

Kirsty would like to thank her sponsors,  Back  On Track , SharpEdge, & Corvet- Ty Corbiell

*Photo submitted by Kirsty




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