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Kimmie Wall WNFR 2017

This year Kimmie Wall of Roosevelt, UT had to miss July and August, the busiest times in rodeo as her mare TKW Bully’s Famous Fox aka Foxy wasn’t well. The pair came back in September and won Pendleton to secure a spot at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, with $76,294.14 after 64 rodeos.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
Pendleton because it is so unique. And of course Foxy loves it!!

What has been the best advice you’ve been given regarding barrel racing or rodeo?
Rodeo Smarter not Harder

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 love the way Neil and Barbara Merrill train. They have put out multiple winners. I could only dream of being half the trainers they are.

Other than running down the alley, what do you most look forward to in Vegas during the NFR?
It is always so much fun to get to meet up with fans. A lot of the time during the year we don’t have time for that. So it is very refreshing.




With all the miles made, what kept the WNFR dream alive for you?
I think the faith my friends and family have in me and my horses.

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 don’t allow negativity- at all. I don’t let those thoughts come into my head because eventually negativity will take over.
I just remind myself it is the same 3 barrels in my practice pen as at that rodeo. I just stay calm.

Under your program, what do you do when a horse feels off to you? Who/what therapies do you include in your program?
My rule of thumb is a horse has to do something wrong 3 times before I start looking into it. Even they can have bad days. A horse just doesn’t stop running barrels or quit doing its job. So I usually start with my vet.

Calgary Stampede

When shopping, what areas of conformation turn you off? What points of conformation do your prospects absolutely must have?
I think my horses have to have good legs and feet. You don’t have legs and feet you don’t have a horse.

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better rodeo as a sport?
I would just like to see there be more communication and more education when it comes to ground and what we as barrel racers need. Most committees try really hard some are just don’t know what we need versus what the bull rider or roper may need.

Kimmie would like to thank her sponsors for their support. Cactus Saddlery, Cactus Gear , Dynamic Edge, Purina, Ranchdress’n , Platinum Performance, Charlie One Horse , Benefit, Arenas, and Dr. Ben Espy.




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Kassie Mowry WNFR 2017

The number five barrel racer didn’t look at her calendar and think “I’m going to make a run for the WNFR in 2017.”

Kassie Mowry of Dublin, Texas has been training futurity horses and earlier in the season she chose to enter San Angelo to get out of “trainer mode.” Mowry and Girls Dig Fame placed 10th out of 200. She then went to the Diamonds and Dirt slot race winning $75,000. Back to San Angelo for the perf on Junior aka Firewatermakemehappy, where they won second in the round and qualified for the short go.

She then went to Louisiana for a futurity, and was to get on a plane back for the San Angelo short, but the plane was overbooked. A good samaritan stepped up, gave her his seat, and she went on to win $12,000 and a berth at Rodeo Houston.

Mowry then went on to win Houston and took home $60,000. She ended up running at just 25 rodeos in 2017 and earned $115,162.25. In Vegas this December, she will be running Firewater Make Me Happy (by Firewaterontherocks out of a Deep Note Jr mare)

What are your main mounts quirks?
I would not describe him as quirky. He just has a tendency to look around and is easily distracted.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
I enjoyed the Calgary experience even though we did not perform as well as we hoped.

What is the best piece of advice you could give regarding barrel racing?
I believe it is imperative that you have to be willing to continuing learning no matter what level you are it. I also think knowing your horse and having him in top physical condition is critical.




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 think it is best to take little bit of information from everyone and develop your own style.

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 just try and focus on that specific run and block out the last one or the next one. I also try and stay to myself and concentrate on what I want to do.

Under your program, what do you do when a horse feels off to you? Who/what therapies do you include in your program?
I am a big believer in having my horses looked at even when they do not feel off. Brazos Valley Equine is a key component of everything I do.

When shopping, what areas of conformation turn you off? What points of conformation do your prospects absolutely must have?
Headset is a huge deal for me. If I do not like the way a horse is made from the shoulders forward I will pass on it no matter what else I like about it..

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better barrel racing as a sport?
Good ground is almost a given at the futurities but it is not always the case at rodeos and regular barrel races. It is a tragedy to see horses like Sharin Hall’s perish at a world class event trying to please us as riders. Not only is it very sad for anyone in the sport it is a horrible representation of the sport for those outside of it.

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?
My most memorable moment from my last WNFR was actually making it. It was actually all downhill from there. I am excited about an opportunity to redeem myself and compete with the best rodeo horses going.




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Hailey Kinsel WNFR 2017

After what has been a dream season,  the young and talented Hailey Kinsel of Cotulla, Texas is WNFR bound after winning $98,706.87 with a rodeo count of 71.

In 2017 Kinsel won a National College title, won the Day’s of ’47 rodeo AND won RFD-TV’s The American! WOW!

“Each were so unique and meaningful for myself and my family. These wins are blessings and have confirmed just how exceptional Sister is.” she said of her success on her mare Sister (DM Sissy Hayday by PC Frenchmans Hayday out of a Royal Shake Em mare). Her other horse TJ (Thunder Stones, by Sticks and Stones, out of a Pines Easter Jet mare) will be making the trek to Vegas this December.

What are your main mounts quirks?
Sister has a big personality and is very expressive about what she wants. TJ is a big sweetheart but is deathly afraid of flags and wagons.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
The ones I did well at for sure! But I really love Denver, Fort Worth, and Spanish Fork

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 would look to those who have been in the business a long time and had success on many levels. Sherry Cervi has always been my favorite to watch. I think I could learn a lot from anybody, but if I had to do it all over again, I would still choose my Mom. She has made me who I am as a horsewoman and a human being.




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 exercise my mental game daily. I compete better if I live in a constant state of mental practice and preparation, not just “getting ready” on race day. With that said, I have various things I do on race day to bring myself to the level of calm focus that I like.

Under your program, what do you do when a horse feels off to you? Who/what therapies do you include in your program?
I get to know their “normals” very well so that I know exactly when something is not normal. My mom and I will brainstorm, and then I go to my vet, Dr. David Dutton. I rely on him and his expertise and knowledge of our horses as well, and follow his advice closely for treatment.

When shopping, what areas of conformation turn you off? What points of conformation do your prospects absolutely must have?
Soundness. In the end, they have to be sound and built to work. I can appreciate almost any “stylistic” conformation as long as they are sound.

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better barrel racing as a sport?
Improvement in ground conditions. Safety should always come first.

What are you most excited for, heading into the WNFR?
Running down the alley that I dreamed about my whole life!

Photos submitted by Hailey*




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Kathy Grimes WNFR 2017

Veterinarian Kathy Grimes of Medical Lake, WA pocketed $111,785.38 after just 45 rodeos this year, and is off to take on the Thomas and Mack this December as your number six cowgirl. She will be bringing KG Justiceweexpected- Issy- 10 year old mare by Judge Cash out of Do It For Beau and KG Blazin Nine-Oh- Ruby-7 yr old mare by Blazin Jetolena out of Do It For Beau.

What are your main mounts quirks?
Issy sees a gate and likes to go- we tend to avoid side gate entries if possible!

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
It was my first time at Houston and I was amazed at how well they treated the contestants!

What has been the best advice you’ve been given regarding barrel racing or rodeo?
Just keep going!




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?
There are lots of great trainers to chose from these days! With technology/social media there is lots of great info available!

With all the miles made, what kept the WNFR dream alive for you?
We had a great winter winning 80K by the end of Houston so I didn’t have to haul too hard over the summer which was really nice!

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?
Mental toughness is definitely something I have to work on- everything is easy when you are winning but the hard part is keeping a positive attitude when things aren’t going your way. I have confidence in my horses and I try not to be the weak link!

As a veterinarian, what therapies do you include in your program to keep your horses feeling and competing at their very best?
Balanced nutrition and exercise! Adequan for joint support and a flexineb for respiratory support.

When shopping, what areas of conformation turn you off? What points of confirmation do your prospects absolutely must have?
Good balance is important for soundness and I like a narrow angle in the hip- increases their speed.

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better rodeo as a sport?
Improve safety measures in the arena- whether it be the ground or gate/alleyway area.

Kathy would like to thank her sponsors LMFFeeds, Best Ever Pads, and Nine-Oh Barrel Horses.

Photos submitted by Kathy*




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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.

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