By March sixth of this year, Tiany Schuster had won more money than any WPRA barrel racer had in that amount of time. She had won $72,637 after just 22 rodeos; before Houston. In July she won the Calgary Stampede and had set a new arena record. Schuster won money at 62 rodeos of the 95 she entered for a grand total of $250,377.56 and is your number one cowgirl headed to Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Shuster will be bringing with her Showmance (by First Smart Money, out of a Hold On To The Cash mare), JSYK Im Famous “J.R.” (by Famous JR, out of a Firewater Flit mare), Firen For Jack “Facebook Jack” (by Zanton Firewater, out of a Two Eyed Siemon mare) and Bahama Bully (by Bully Bullion, out of a Tiny’s Gay mare.)
What are your main mounts quirks?
Show Mance is a very stoic gentle horse until you get on him… and the he is SHOW PRANCE LOL!!! JSYK is the KING of the place.
What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
I don’t really have a favorite. I love Fort Worth and Calgary Stampede was such a huge win for us, so of course I am a little partial to it.
What has been the best advice you’ve been given regarding barrel racing or rodeo?
Benette Little told me once… to just watch where you are going. (Advice given at San Antonio when asked if she had any last minute tips bc I had never ran tbthere before).
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 do just as I have done. Clinics with Lynn McKenzie set a good solid foundation for my riding.
With all the miles made, what kept the WNFR dream alive for you?
Being out front and trying to stay ahead.
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?
Naw…. I just think to myself I am at Wal-Mart pushing my cart… looking for chocolate and ice cream.
Under your program, what do you do when a horse feels off to you? Who/what therapies do you include in your program?
I rely on top notch performance vets such as Dr Don Lee with Double X Equine, Animal Imaging and Outlaw Equine, and Dr Honnas with Texas Equine.
When shopping, what areas of conformation turn you off? What points of confirmation do your prospects absolutely must have?
They have to be pretty bad off for me to go eeeehhhh no thanks. No club feet. Good hip. BIG is my preference on size.
What would you like to see be done in the industry to better rodeo as a sport?
Got to do something about the ground. They do in Quebec. They drag before barrels. Why can they not do that here. A sponsorship will pay for the whole 3 mins it takes. Just does not make sense to me.
Photo from Tiany**