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On The Record

Amber Moore WNFR 2017

In 2016 Amber Moore went to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 15th position, and left as the Reserve World Champion. The pair tied the area record, and placed in eight of ten rounds.This year Moore is headed to Vegas in fourth position after bringing home $120,806.42 after 52 rodeos, with CP Dark Moon aka. Paige who is by Darkelly and out of an On A High mare.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
San Antonio . Paige did very well, she won all 6 rounds and ended up the highest money earner in the history of the San Antonio Stock Show. It was also a honor to win the last rodeo that Hadley Barrett announced and knowing how much he loved Paige.

What has been the best advice you’ve been given regarding barrel racing or rodeo?
To never over think the process, never put your horse in a situation that you lose there trust, and to remember it’s just one run at a time.

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 been surrounded by many mentors growing up and those are the ones I would go back to if I had to start over again.




With all the miles made, what kept the WNFR dream alive for you?
Having fun and enjoying the ride along the way.

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 remind myself it’s just another run. It’s just the same three barrels I have gone around a million times. I just have to let Paige go out and do her job and stay out of her way.

Under your program, what do you do when a horse feels off to you? Who/what therapies do you include in your program?
At the first sign of any injury, I am on the phone with my vet. I use a variety of different therapies, acuscope, myopulse, message, and laser therapy.

When shopping, what areas of conformation turn you off? What points of conformation do your prospects absolutely must have?
A big heart, willing attitude, and a kind eye is just as important to me as conformation.

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better rodeo as a sport?
That more rodeo committees would take the time to assure their ground is safe for all contestants.

Photo submitted by Amber*




On The Record

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.




On The Record

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.




On The Record

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




On The Record

Taylor Manning CFR 2017

At just thirteen years old, Miss. Taylor Manning is headed to her very first Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta this November.

Taylor and her main mount Matlock, aka Good Little Nick (By As Good As Nick Gets out of Fols Dream of Cash) had an outstanding year winning $21,163.55 after 40 rodeos, and are going to the finals in seventh position.

How would you describe Matlock’s style?
Matlock’s style is bendy and soft through the body

What kind of quirks does Matlock have?
Some of his quirks are that he can be a bit strong and he holds his breath when he’s nervous. He nudges me constantly for attention and will whinny when he sees me.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
My favourite rode was Ponoka Stampede! It was my first short round and final four. I got to go on stage to get auctioned off and got the coolest Ponoka Stampede knife!

Taylor and her sister Paige at Ponoka

Who is your barrel racing idol?
My favourite idols are Rayel Little and Kirsty White. They both have the same style and work hard to achieve their goals. They are nice to me and always are helping me to improve both my horse and I. Rayel also trained Matlock! 

My Mom Shelly is also my idol. I’ve always looked up to my Mom, as she is sweet, outgoing and fair. This summer she was always there helping me, and drove me around everywhere. For example we showed up in Ponoka at 5am trying to get to ride, driving all night from Williams Lake, BC. 

Riding a seasoned barrel horse, what exercises do you do for tune-ups?
I round pen Matlock to keep him soft. I also do lots of slow work to keep him relaxed.

Regarding legging a horse up,what is your routine?
I let my horse up almost six weeks before I go to a jackpot. My Dad plows a track in the field if the snow is too deep.

We all know that being competitive takes serious mental strength and focus.What do you do to keep focused in the game of rodeo?
I just think about what I have to do and make it as perfect as I can.

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
Matlock loves his Buckeye Feeds and Sharpedge. I also keep his legs feeling good and give him lots of rest.

What is the best piece of advice you were ever given regarding barrel racing?
The best advice I have heard is to always trust your homework.

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
The most important things I need on the road is my bridle and tack. Another thing I need is my Mother. She drove me everywhere this summer, as my Dad drove my brother to all the amateur rodeos. I am so thankful for my parents that are giving me the opportunities to fulfill my dreams and helping me move forward in barrel racing.

Taylor would also like to thank her sponsors as this season wouldn’t be possible without them. MMD, Cross Country Pipeline, Anderson Builders Group, Sharpedge and Impact Gel.

*Photos submitted by Taylor




On The Record

Sarah Gerard CFR 2017

Back for her second Canadian Finals Rodeo is Sarah Gerard and her mare Mona aka. Luv n Roan Mance, who is by Desperado Doc and out of Miss Behavin Irwin. Together after 43 rodeos they won $17,359.48 and are headed to Edmonton in 11th position.

 

How would you describe Mona’s style?
Mona is a turner. I push her in between then try to stay quiet and out of her way around the barrels. No wins for Mona and I this year.

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses,what kept the CFR dream alive for you?
First of all it was Jason,Odessa and Troy telling me to go. That I could get it done that I needed to make it so they could go watch . I think my family and friends believing that Mona and I could get to the CFR but also my family allowing me to be gone a good part of the summer with out to much complaint was the strong driving force that let me stick the miles out. Odessa was amazing and took care of all my responsibilities at home even through being evacuated because of the crazy wildfires!! I’m so thankful for each and every person that helped me out along the way enabling me to accomplish my hope of competing at the 2017CFR. My list is too long to name everyone but it’s their kindness and generosity that has made it a reality!! Sherri Belcham also said she would make me shirts if I got there so that was extra incentive. Last but not least.. I just love to barrel race!!

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
I would say KDays stands out as my favourite this year. I always wanted a chance to run at Northlands again to apply the lessons I had learned after my rookie performance at the 2003 CFR and Mona pulled through getting a good cheque.




Who is your barrel racing idol?
Sherri Cervi. I admire her riding style.

Regarding legging a horse up,what is your routine?
For Mona because she has pssm I slowly work her up to a regular workout before the start of the season which is 10minutes walking 10 trot 7-10 lope/gallop 5 trot 10 walk.

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 try to focus on riding to the best of my ability so my horses can work to the best of theirs. Being able to reach out for support from my family and friends when life on the road gets overwhelming is important for me. Knowing God always has a plan.

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
For Mona it’s her odd traveling buddy….Rona the goat. Mona gets anxious with very high stress so Rona settles her making the miles easier on her and me too.

What is the best piece of advice you were ever given regarding barrel racing?
There is 2 that I always fall back on. Kenny Mclean said get off his face trust him! And My Dad told me you got to be smarter than the horse.

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
I’d say coffee.

*Photo submitted by Sarah




On The Record

Jackie Ganter CFR 2017

Of all the barrel racers I have interviewed, Jackie Ganter has been Lipstick and Cowboy Boots the most in the past few years, this being her fifth interview, sixth including the podcast. (Poor girl!)

Jackie just missed out on another Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification, but is happy to be headed North for the Canadian Finals. Jackie won $16,160.10 in CPRA earnings at 21 rodeos this season, and is coming to Edmonton in 12th position. She is bringing Recent Release, Guys French Jet, and Cartels Fame with her. R being her main horse during the finals.

 

How is R bred?
He is 19 years old so most of his breeding is old but he’s a grandson of Dash For Cash and has Three Bars on the bottom.

How would you describe R’s style?
He is turny but honest and very gritty. He loves his job.




What kind of quirks does he have?
Everything! Haha. He is a crazy old man but I love him. His biggest quirk is the alley, you have to keep him away until it’s your time to go.

This has been a challenging year for you, what kept you going?
I think just the will to win. It has definitely been trying but we are going to keep pushing through.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
I would have to say Calgary. It is my all time favorite rodeo. When Baby J won 2nd in the WildCard I just lost it, to make the finals there both years I’ve competed is a dream come true.

Who is your barrel racing idol?
Amberley Snyder

How do you stay healthy on the road? Do you exercise or just eat as healthy as you can?
Well, kind of neither but should I? Yes, most definitely should do both.

What was it like working with RedBull, and do you have any future side projects like this lined up?
I am very honored to be on the Red Bull Athlete Team, it is so humbling to meet the other athletes from all over the world and be grouped with them. Yes, there will be more projects in the future. (Check the RedBull action out here.)

Will you be going to the WNFR to watch this year, or will you be staying home, or maybe taking a hot vacation instead?
I got invited to the Boyd Gaming Cinch Shootout so I will be attending that as well as entering the All-In Barrel Race and American Qualifier. Also I’ll be signing autographs at quite a few of my sponsor’s booths so I’ll basically be out there the whole time.

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
PHT Products, Equi-Resp, Respond Laser, Sportz-Vibe, and Ice-Vibes

What is the best piece of advice you would give a person regarding barrel racing?
Do the impossible! Lots of days you feel like you’re facing a brick wall and you just have to break through it.

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
My dog, Derby.

*Photo submitted by Jackie




Arena Chatter Results

LCB Barrel Report July 8-9th

Whitecourt,AB- Justine Elliot is KILLIN’ IT! This past weekend she either won or placed second at the three rodeos she ran at. At Hairy Hill she was only 5 thousandths of a second behind Jacqueline Marsh! What a season she is having!

Elliot and her horse Blondy will be heading down to Gillette, Wyoming for National High School Rodeo Finals this upcoming weekend. Best of luck to this duo, I know they will make Canada beyond proud!

Results from LRA, WRA & CPRA rodeos are below!

Whitecourt Rodeo Unofficial Results, courtesy of the WRA
1 Justine Elliot 17.711
2 Susan Gulick 17.9
3 Melissa Freeman 18.06
4 Karli Haeberle 18.086
5 Jaqueline Marsh 18.094
6 Tristan Johner 18.096
7 Brittany Kaiser 18.255
8 Sheryl Melaney 18.259

Hairy Hill Rodeo Unofficial Results, courtesy of the LRA
1 Jacquelin Marsh 15.530
2 Justine Elliot 15.535
3 Katie Sloan 15.578
4 Traci Beckman 15.587
5 Cheyanne Klepper 15.694
6 Candace Lefebvre 15.772
7 Chantel Kinch 15.804
8 Shannon Blakely 15.805

Stoney Lake Rodeo Unofficial Results, courtesy of the LRA
1 Traci Beckman 16.285
2 Justine Elliot 16.358
3 Karli Haeberle 16.418
4 Aimee McKnight 16.427
5 Christine Drisner 16.429
6 Bryce Fischer 16.479
7 Kirstin Bennet 16.514
8 Candace Lefebvre 16.528

Benalto Fair & Rodeo Unofficial Results, courtesy of the CPRA
1. Shaylee McMann, 15.040, $1144.92; 2. Madelyn Schauer, 15.101, $981.36; 3. Kendra Edey, 15.240, $817.80; 4. Taylor Manning, 15.244, $708.76; 5. Crystal Shaw, 15.251, $545.20; 6. Lynette Brodoway, 15.300, $436.16; 7. Rylee Shields, 15.375, $327.12; 8. Julie Leggett, 15.382, $218.08; 9. Susan Gulick, 15.417, $163.56; 10. Shalayne Lewis, 15.427, $109.04

Coronation Pro Rodeo
1. Carman Pozzobon, 17.260, $1124.24; 2. Bailee Switzer, 17.421, $977.60; 3. Shayna Weir, 17.496, $830.96; 4. Taylor Shields, 17.570, $684.32; 5. Madeline Schauer, 17.574, $537.68; 6. Lane Wills, 17.577, $391.04; 7. Sydney Daines, 17.611, $244.40; 8. Janie Johnson, 17.618, $97.76

Arena Chatter

OE Nutraceuticals in Canada Now

OLDS, Alberta – Barrel racers and most all equine disciplines like to be in the know with new products, hoping to get that extra edge in competition, or just to keep their horses overall health at its peak. New to the Canadian scene is OE Nutraceuticals with Coulee Equine in Olds, Alberta carrying the full line up of products. These supplements won’t have you breaking the bank adding them to your horses regime.

What exactly is OE Nutraceuticals? This is a line of Equine Supplements developed by DVM, competitors, and professional feed nutritionists with improved performance being the gold standard for all of their products. They provide premium products that are safe, drug free and effective for the equine market at a fair price for all levels of competitors.

Callie Gray who is originally from Canada and now living in Oklahoma, is the Canadian Importer/Distributor for OE and gave Lipstick and Cowboy Boots the full scoop on the product line.

“No other supplement company can compete with a full scale therapy center as a clinical proving ground, real world performance testing by leading competitors, DVM backed theory in product development, leading nutritionists for formulations, industry leading ingredient company partnership on trademarked and clinical studied ingredients, and food safe manufacturing facilities. These Facilities are ISO-9001, NASC, FDA inspected, AAFCO regulated and SQF certified so you know our products, procedures and manufacturing methods exceed the highest standards available.” said Gray.

How long has OE been around?

OE Nutraceuticals have been around going on 3 years.  The products speak for themselves as far as results go.  They are great products for anyone from the elite competitor, to someone who just wants a great maintenance program for their horses.

Who uses OE?

The list is endless as far as who uses OE.  As I said before, the products are affordable for any level of competitor.  But to name a few names, Pete Owen, Bo Hill, Amberleigh Moore, Kaleb Driggers, Trent Creager and Clint Cooper.  It’s definitely not limited to the barrel racing or rodeo world.  Any discipline will benefit in adding these products to their daily maintenance programs.  There has been a lot of success stories in the cutting, reining, working cow horse, dressage, hunter jumper, thoroughbred racing, quarter horse racing and standard bred racing industries.

How did you get involved with OE?

Josh Harvey is my veterinarian and good friend, he owns Outlaw Equine in Decatur, Texas.  After the products had launched in the US, and after using the products myself and seeing the results, I approached Josh and Kaleb Terlip, who is the product manufacturer, about why the products had not made it up to Canada.  Kaleb and I then started working on getting the products approved in Canada, and well, here we are.

What results have you seen with your own horses using OE?

The results are unbelievable.  I truly believe these products have enhanced my horse’s performance.  Not only do they look better, they feel better.  And when horses feel better, they perform to the best of their ability.  I am confident every time I run up the alley that there’s nothing health wise, holding me back.  And that’s a great feeling to have, knowing that my horse feels it’s best, to perform at its best.

What products does OE carry?

There’s a product for everyone with OE.  We carry everything from an all in one, total health supplement, supplements that target gastro intestinal disturbances, joint health supplements, hoof care supplements, and we carry a great like of different pre race pastes.  There’s a product for everyone, at an affordable price.

Are all the products available to Canadians?

All OE products are available across Canada.  Coulee Equine will have a full inventory of products, and I also have other reps in place ready to take orders.  You can also visit our website at www.oenutraceuticalscanada.com for more information, or to get in contact with a rep near you.

Together Callie & LCB are doing a giveaway! To be entered you must:

  • Share this post on your own page (make sure it’s public) and comment ‘done’ on LCB’s post.
  • Like the OE Nutra Canada page, you can find it here.
  • Like Lipstick & Cowboy Boots Facebook page.

Winners will receive an OE ball cap, patch and gift bag! Winner will be announced Wednesday May 24th.

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.

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