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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*




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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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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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