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G3 Events Thankful for Support of Night at the Marquis

RED DEER, Alberta — Ladies from the western community packed the house at The Harvest Centre at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta on Saturday night. A sold out crowd enjoyed shopping from some of Alberta’s best western style boutiques, a fashion show, and guest speaker Amberley Snyder.

Snyder is a professional barrel racer who was in a rollover accident in 2009, that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Just months after the accident she was back on a horse, more determined than ever.

In a room full of nearly 400 women, one could hear a pin drop as Amberley captivated the audience with her story.

Trish Fossum Granger drove three hours with two excited young ladies.

“My daughters best friend was in a car accident when she was four years old,” Granger said. “Hanna has overcome many obstacles over the last nine years. She rides horses, ski races, shows her 4-H steer just to name a few. Her dream was to meet her inspiration Amberley Snyder. Thanks to the G3 Event’s, not only did she get to hear Amberley speak, the amazing ladies who organized this event made sure that she was able to meet her.”


Wendy Bunney from Edmonton is already looking forward to next year.

“Everyone I spoke to kept saying what a stellar event it was and the hosts should be commended for pulling it off! Amazing, fun night, and my credit card took a few hits, but I got some great deals! Sure hoping this is a repeat next year!” said Bunney.

Charlsey Whittemore, Owner of B & B Clothing Boutique was delighted to be a part of the event.


“Inspiration, friendship, and shopping describe the event to a T,” Whittemore said. “Not only did guest speaker Amberley Snyder captivate the entire room but the opportunity of being surrounded by other successful boutique owners was an inspiration on its own. The ladies definitely came to shop! On behalf of all of the boutiques we can’t thank the event organizers enough.”

Taylor Cox came with nine other women, who were all looking forward to a night out.


“Grit, Glamour and Goals-Night at the Marquis was a very well-organized, fun paced, exciting girl’s night out that myself and many others look forward to attending again in the future!” Cox said. “They also had wicked door prizes and great wine! Love my baseball cap and who doesn’t love free wine?!”

Event organizers had decided to create a scholarship for a deserving recipient. Ladies were encouraged to write an essay explaining why they deserved the scholarship and how they are helping the sport of rodeo. Entrants had to be an active member of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and be enrolled in a minimum six week course.

This years Grit, Glamour & Goals scholarship recipient is Brittainy Smith who attends the University of Lethbridge taking her Bachelor of Science majoring in neuroscience.

“Two of my good friends, Hope Skoocdopole and Nikki Vanderlee were with me watching the live feed of the scholarship announcement,” Smith said. “I was beaming with joy and excitement after the incredible words from the ladies presenting the scholarship. My friends gave me a hug and said I deserved it. To be honest I cried a little from and the cheering and love I felt. I would love to thank each one of the organizers for putting on such an amazing event for women in the western community. I have received other scholarships but this one will be one of the most memorable.”

Organizers of the show, Brittany Forsyth, Rayel Daines and Cassie Hausauer are thankful for the support of the western community for this event. Moving forward, they have some serious planning to do to for their next event.


“Overall, there is nothing I would change about how our first event went,” Forsyth said. “Attendees expressed their happiness and everyone was tickled to be there. G3 has a lot of wheels turning already and you can definitely expect more to come from us.”

To view more photos of the event, check out G3’s Facebook Page.

About G3 Events:

Grit, Glamour & Goals;  G3 Events was created by Brittany Forsyth, Cassie Hausauer and Rayel Daines in the spring of 2016 with the goal in mind to create events which celebrates the modern western woman, to bring people together to encourage, celebrate and support one another, and for a night of fun and motivation.  G3 has also created the Grit, Glamour & Goals Scholarship. For more, visit G3 Events on Facebook or Instagram.

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Grit, Glamour & Goals – Night at The Marquis Press Release

April 29th, 2016
For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Cassie Hausauer, G3 Events

Grit, Glamour & Goals to host Amberley Snyder in Red Deer for ‘Night at The Marquis’

RED DEER, Alberta — Grit, Glamour & Goals – Night at The Marquis is bringing Motivational Guest Speaker Amberley Snyder to Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta on October 22nd, 2016. Snyder is accompanied by ten of the top boutiques in Alberta for a fashion show, and amazing shopping deals.

“I wanted to host an event of this stature to bring together like minded, goal driven positive women in rodeo, for a night of fun and motivation,” said Brittany Forsyth, one of three event organizers which includes CIRA Goat Tying Champion, Rayel Daines and Cassie Hausauer of Lipstick & Cowboy Boots

“Who doesn’t love shopping and great deals?” Forsyth added.

Amberley Snyder is a Utah barrel racer who became paralyzed from the waist down in a motor vehicle accident in 2010. A year and a half later, she defied the odds, and is able to compete in the barrel racing and breakaway roping. Amberley competed in 2015 at RFD-TV’s The American, and brought the crowd to a standing ovation and tears when she made her run. Snyder speaks at several events throughout the year and will no doubt be speaking to a sold out crowd in Red Deer this October.

Ten Top Retail Shops from Alberta have confirmed spots at this event. They include: B&B Boutique, Renegade RanchGirls, Belle Star Boutique, Twisted Label, Classic Rodeo Boutique, Twig, Bold & Brassy Boutique, Dirt Road Pretty, Ulla-La Boutique, and Ranch Dressing all bringing their best lines, and offer deals you won’t see anywhere else. If you’re looking for the perfect outfit for the Canadian Finals Rodeo, look no further, or get your Christmas shopping done all in one night! Lipstick & Cowboy Boots will be releasing full shopping discount & savings details soon! Stay tuned!

Proceeds from this event will be going to the newly announced Grit, Glamour & Goals Scholarship. Successful applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a 8 week minimum certificate, diploma, or degree program
  • Be an active Canadian Intercollegate Rodeo Association Member
  • Be an Ambitious, Driven, and Goal Seeking Female
  • Write a 1000 word minimum essay as to why you deserve this scholarship, and how you contribute to bettering the sport of rodeo.
  • Essay Applications can be sent to, Subject- Scholarship Application.
  • Application deadline is October 1st, 2016

Grit, Glamour & Goals is also supporting Cinderella’s Closet for the city of Red Deer. Each year many families cannot afford High School Graduation dresses & tuxedos. Through donations of gently worn grad dresses, gowns, and tuxedos Cinderella’s Closet helps make graduation dreams come true. If you have your old graduation dress still hanging in your closet, please bring it to this event to donate to Cinderella’s Closet for the graduates of 2017.

This event will be a semi-formal event. Doors open at 4:00pm for Shopping, Cocktails at 5:00pm, Amberley Snyder takes the stage at 6:00pm, Dinner is at 7:00pm and a Fashion Show concludes the evening at 8:00pm.

Tickets are $60 which include entry to the event, dinner, and complimentary table wine. There will be a cash bar available. Tables seat 10 and only 300 tickets will be sold.

You can purchase tickets via e-transfer through with the password G3Events, as well you can arrange pick up from any of the three event organizers, Brittany Forsyth, Rayel Daines, and Cassie Hausauer.

About G3 Events:

Grit, Glamour & Goals;  G3 Events was created by Brittany Forsyth, Cassie Hausauer and Rayel Daines in the spring of 2016 with the goal in mind to create events which celebrates the modern western woman, to bring people together to encourage, celebrate and support one another, and for a night of fun and motivation. Their first event takes place on October 22nd, in Red Deer, AB featuring Amberley Snyder. G3 has also created the Grit, Glamour & Goals Scholarship. For more, visit G3 Events on Facebook or Instagram.

About Amberley Snyder:

Amberley Snyder is a barrel racer from Utah who became paralyzed from the waist down in a motor vehicle accident in 2010. A year and a half later, she defied the odds, returning to the arena barrel racing and breakaway roping. Amberley competed at RFD-TV’s The American in 2015, and brought the crowd to their feet with her story. Snyder speaks at several events throughout the year. For more visit her page on Facebook.

Arena Chatter Inspiration

Motivation – 2015 Season

What motivates you? What makes you want to jump out of bed at 5am to go to the gym to work on your core so you can keep up with your horses badass snappy turns? What gets you fired up and keeping the passion and desire alive in the winter when its -35 and even colder with the wind? What are you doing before you make a run at a jackpot or rodeo that keeps you focused and on your A Game?


Incase you live under a rock, it’s 2015 now.. A whole new season to make your best run, to fix your third barrel, to ride more gritty, and to let your horse haul ass to first barrel. Ok those are some of the things I want to do this year. I have watched all of my 2014 runs (that were taped) a million times. I have sat with my eyes closed and rode through and felt the feeling of Reeva cranking out a perfect first second and third barrel. I have sat and felt the feeling of winning, being presented with checks and buckles. When I am driving my car and turn a corner I sit on my pockets and act like we’re turning a barrel. I have gone through the pattern in the kitchen with the proper hand position etc. Its all about muscle memory right? As silly as that may seem, doing all those things keeps me jacked up about the upcoming season. Ive also been reading great books like Mind Gym by Gary Mack and Gold Buckles Don’t Lie by Fred Whitfield, and girl, if that story doesnt motivate you, I dont know what will! Tonight I am posting sticky notes all over my house to remind me why I am riding daily an getting back to the gym. I also enjoy watching old NFR videos, watching Lisa & Louie win The AMERICAN, and watching Pozzi & KissKissBangBang win the Diamonds & Dirt 2014 Slot Race. Reading inspiring quotes, and talking with positive uplifting girls who have similar goals also keeps me focused and driven.

Maybe you read that and think I am totally out to lunch, and instead you just like to be better than you were before, always striving to be the best you can be in all aspects of life. This is such a broad topic, so as far as I am concerned there is no wrong or right as to what can “motivate” a person.


I asked a handful of my friends what keeps them motivated. I LOVE hearing what motivates people, in and out of the arena. So, assuming that hearing what is motivating others will also motivate you, I’m sharing their replies to help get ya fired up! 🙂


“Watching people that I admire motivates me. Even at the local jackpots. I see someone lay down a deadly run and it gets me pumped up.”

“Setting goals and timelines, and adjusting them accordingly. Staying motivated is easy when the end is always in sight . Small steps to the big picture, make anything seem attainable. Adjust your expectations so they are realistic. Instead of, “I wanna make the nfr”.” try “I wanna have a more consistent season.”  Or instead of “I wanna win this rodeo.” “I wanna ride my horse better than I did at the last.” kinda thing. Creating goals creates positivity which is motivating in itself.”


“What motivates me is a little different from everyone else, usually people want to be motivated by someone they look up to, but for me it’s the people who look down on me, they make me ride harder, train better to BE a better person. The look on those peoples face when the unexpected come in and win makes me drive harder. Everyone has a past, everyone has a present and everyone started somewhere!”

“So, Cassie asked me for some things that keep me motivated & motivate me before a run. On off season watching old runs makes me want it like crazy. Theres no better feeling than making a barrel run, so during the winter I watch alot of videos of both myself & other people. Before a run I like to listen to pump up songs to get me in the game, I love music & I find this the easiest way to get me ready for a run.”

“Well……so music, inspirational books and positive thoughts, learning new things and friends success makes me happy and keeps me motivated! All these aspects are just on the road which was started by simply believing in the dream (or goal)! That is what motivates me, I can visualize and know it’s what I’m meant to move towards! Make sense…it really applies to all things not just barrel racing!”


“This is what motivates me personally. This is the stem cell i received that saved my life. Some days I get a little down and out. I just look back at pictures. Everyday I strive do to the very best. I’ve had a few friends pass away same age as me gone through everything I had. They call it survivors guilt and it really is. Why me? Why am I so lucky over them? Well each and everyday I set out to accomplish everything and anything. Saying yes to every opportunity that crosses my path. Where as before I would say no maybe next year, well there may not be a next year. It’s kinda corny but it’s honestly true. How many people get a second chance in life? Well I plan to live this life to the damn best ability that I can and push myself to do things I normally wouldn’t.”

“What motivates me the most is Tyler. Every time I want to take a break or stop training or I don’t think I’m on the right track he pushes me to follow my dreams. He’s always behind me helping me move forward and be the best I can be. It’s actually taught me a lot about myself and how to push myself in those weak moments. I’ve seen a lot of “couple teams” but I have rarely seen one that works in a partnership like this. I also watch a lot of motivational videos about dreams and determination and pushing yourself. I really believe in order to teach yourself how to stay positive and motivated when your dealing with horses and the kind of stress and money issues we all have you have to have a person or persons to fall back on who help you and stay strong when you are not.”

Kirsten regarding visual motivation:
“I think motivation can come in all sorts of forms and can apply to success in the rodeo world in so many ways. Pictures, quotes, videos and songs all have a different role in how I personally keep myself motivated. Pictures are great because they help put you back into a memory of a moment that was a crucial stepping stone to where you are now. These are two of my favorite pictures because they were my two first big wins on different horses and look at how excited I am! I use them to remind myself how grateful I was back then and how hard I worked to earn those two moments.”


“I find the times that I need the most motivation are during the off season when it is -20 with a storm warning and I am writing a blurb for my friend’s blog and staring at pictures of my other friends in Arizona on Facebook when my truck has been running for 45 minutes so that I can go out to the barn. Videos are almost always crucial in this situation.”

Kirsten regarding music and motivation:
“Music works the same way. There have been a couple times when a truck of us girls is driving to a rodeo and we are “Raging” right alongside Hyper Crush and “it’s another great day to be looking that good” all determined to “Run This Town” with Luke Bryan. This exact situation happened this summer and we were soaring on the way up North, and on the way back listening to “Her Heart Is A Rodeo” on repeat with two out of three horses in the back having had their last runs of the season. “Her Heart is a Rodeo” is also great song for the drive home when you are trying to figure out how to regroup and get your life together by Tuesday so that you can make it to a slack Thursday morning and then across the Rockies for Thursday night. It’s all about the perseverance.”

Kirsten regarding quotes:
“Quotes are great forms of motivation purely for the feelings certain words can stir deep in your mind. If I am winning and making good runs, they are great to keep the high energy going. If I have a bad run or something negative happens to me they act as a booster to stay persistent. It’s pretty easy to log onto Pinterest from your phone and type in “overcoming obstacles” as you are leaving the vet office with a prescription for 6 weeks time off or if you just took out three barrels and the trash at the last rodeo, and it’s an easy way to re-boost your morale.”


So I ask again. What motivates you? What keeps you going when you want to quit. What pumps you up when you’re coming down the alley way? Leave a comment below, I’d LOVE to hear it!

Check out and on YouTube for so many great videos like this one I have viewed 1000 times!!


On The Record

Interview – Rylee Mckenzie And Simply Famous Quarter Horses

At just 25 years old, Rylee Mckenzie has quite the resume. The 2003 Canadian Permit Winner qualified for her first CFR in 2011 and also qualified for the Wilderness Circuit Finals. She made the Reno Rodeo Short Round in 2011, ending up fifth. In 2012 she went back to the CFR. In 2013 she was the Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo Champion winning the big $20,000 check, as well as being the 2013 Hell or High Water Champion. The list of rodeos she has won or placed at over the years is just too long to post.  Its been about a year since Rylee has had an interview, and since she is a friend of mine, and my blog is fresh, I decided to interview her.


Which has been your favorite horse over the years and why?

“My favorite horse was “Badger” (Seekers War Machine) Because, he took me from being a no body all the way to a professional level. He was the game changer. And by doing so, he taught me about everything that comes with winning, the good, the media, and the bad, the politics, the backstabbing, and the rumors.”

Rylee & Badger LRA Finals 2001

Rylee & Badger LRA Finals 2001

What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career?

“My biggest accomplishment, was moving into the top 20 of the World standings on Dollar (“DR Nick Assured, Sire DR Nick Bar Dam Miss Profit Acct) Even though it was for a short time in the middle of rodeo season, It was the greatest feeling ever to be in there with the big dogs.”

I asked Rylee to tell me more about Dollar. From what I had heard, he was a pretty wicked horse.

“I bought dollar as a 6 year old who had been only exhibitioned a few times. He had several issues when we bought him, but within the 3 years, we had our little diamond all polished up. He had placed at the derbys and won rounds at them, along with a few pro rodeos. But in 2011, he came out swinging, placing at Los fresnos, Texas, and missing the short go by .02 at Fort Worth, Texas (it was 1 round with a short go at this time) Also placing 2nd in the round and 6-7 in the average at the tour rodeo in Red Bluff, CA. Then we came home to Canada, and placed 5th at Grande Prairie, AB, followed by a win at Rocky Mountain House, AB (17.28). We headed back south after that for “the wildest rodeo in the west” Reno, Nevada, where we left leading the first round and placing 4th in the second round and LEADING the average. When all was said and done, we ended up second in the round behind Robyn Herring and FIrewaterontherocks, 7th in the average and 5th in the short round. (17.28, 17.40, 17.21 were our times respectfully). We drove back to canada, but first we stopped at Belt, Montana which we won, and then placed at High River, AB & 5th at Sundre, AB. Which was then followed by an intense Fourth of July run, we headed to Ponoka (no luck), St. Paul, Oregon where we won 2nd (17.38), Mollalla, Oregon ( 17.33) where we were 4th and Williams lake, BC where we won 5th. With all these big cheques we had launched ourselves into the world standings, Canadian standings, Wrangler Pro Tour standings and high money earning over the Fourth of July standings.
Shortly after our great success, tragedy had struck, just two days before “The Daddy of ‘Em All” Cheyenne Frontier Days, Dollar tragically had to be laid to rest.
Thankfully in this stretch I had my #1 rock of a horse “JL” whom then went on to keep us in the top 30 WPRA standings, placing 4th at Great Falls, Montana, 2nd in the first round at Hermiston Oregon (17.38), and 7th in the average, Ogden, Utah (17.51), Kallispell, Montana, Strathmore, Alberta, Medicine Hat, Alberta, la Crete, Alberta, Cranbrook, Alberta, Hanna,Alberta, grimshaw, Alberta, Abbottsford, British Columbia and MCCord, Alberta. Which also took us to the Wildnerness Circuit finals, qualified us for Puyallup, Washington tour finals, Rodeo Houston, San Antonio, Texas and our first CFR!”
Rylee & Dollar

Rylee & Dollar

Check out Rylee & Dollar at the Reno Short Go in 2011 – *Skip to 1:12min in the video*


As a professional barrel racer you face a lot of pressure, and expectations. How do you handle this? 

I try to stay focused on my own path, I have a goal, I have tunnel vision to that goal, and I try to ignore my surroundings. I am constantly questioned as to why I am doing this, or that, and the answer is very simple, on my path, that is what needs to happen to get to the end goal.

Motivation Motivation Motivation! What keeps you motivated?

First of all, I have a great support system. But mostly, my motivation comes from my horses, they LOVE to go, so its hard not to be motivated, when your horses run to the trailer towing you along.

Bill Lawless Photography

Rylee & JL *Bill Lawless Photography*

What is your must have horse product in your trailer?

Vetrolin Detangler & Shine.

What you do in the off season?

I try to work with my colts as much as the weather permits, but I also like to do “non- horse” things. Fishing, hiking, snowboarding, biking, etc. Im an extreme active person, so anything I can find, I will go do.

The 2014 season is over. What are your plans for the 2015 season?

 I have several plans for the 2015 season. First is to take my colts “Missability” & “RP Dr Frost” to the futurities. Second is to take them to some amateur rodeos (LRA), and qualify for those finals. Third is to attend some pro rodeos that I enjoy going to. And lastly, is to qualify for The American for 2016.

What about other future goals?

Qualify for the NFR, and Qualify for the CFR in contention for a championship.

I’ve talked earlier on the blog about new girls coming to the sport of barrel racing. Any piece of advice to new girls coming to the sport ?

Keep an open mind, learn lots, pick “One” persons training method, consistency pays off. Take clinics from other disciplines, better your horsemanship, stay positive & don’t be intimidated, your only as good as you can be that day.

There was a lot of talk about you hitting up the amateur rodeos late in the season this year. Can you let us know why you made this decision?

JL had sustained a minute suspensory strain, and I was advised to give her 6-8 weeks, which happened to fall in our prime time rodeo stretch. So I chose to drop to a semi-pro level, and take a younger horse that needed the experience to some rodeos, which were close by.

Alright, enough serious talk, tell me what your perfect day entails!

 35 degree weather or hotter; Ride horses in the morning while its cooler, and head to the lake for the afternoon, followed by more relaxing in the evening! Those are few and far between where we live though!

Im really looking forward to watching Rylee down the road to the CFR, The American and the NFR. I know this hard working girl has it in her to get there! All the best Ry!