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post #1 of 20 Old 02-07-2012, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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How Did You Get Into Barrel Racing?

Exactly as the title says, other threads made me think of this. Also pictures are always good :)just show how you started and now
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post #2 of 20 Old 02-07-2012, 11:12 AM
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Running was always something I had playing in but I got into it seriously competing about 7 years ago. lol I will admit I wasn't the best when I started, I went through some rough times and definitely took a few years to get to where I am today. I don't have any older pictures of me running..I have those tucked far far away lol..along with a video of me taking a barrel out with my head after Hickory faked me out at the second barrel..I got Nikki in August of 2010 and it took me a few months to get used to her but we finally got it together and have just gotten better since then. I got Lark in November 2011 and I've brought her back from being in a pasture for a year..She's the fastest horse I've ever ridden and I cannot wait to see what we do this season together...I know I've posted these pictures everywhere but oh well..

Hickory -

Nikki -

Lark - No barrel pictures yet..I wish I had some!

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post #3 of 20 Old 02-07-2012, 11:16 AM
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Well my Mom has a passion for reining and cowhorses, but my Dad has always been in the rodeo family. My Mom did gymkhanas for fun, so when I was little I did leadline and peewee divisions with that (They were the 'young' parents who could still run pretty fast with the horses, so I have two high point buckles and a couple trophies from that. Then I got more absorbed in the reined cowhorse. I still rode gymkhana and went to the local barrel races but I had not really been focusing on it. I helped out by warming up horses for people at rodeos, did some set up and tear down, won a little bit of money but not a lot.

This last year I decided to completely drop everything and just do barrel racing. I kinda rekindled my love of it with my new mare Bailey. So now I have taken some outside horses and am beginning to teach two hour long lessons a week with beginners and kids.

On school internet so I can't get any pictures from facebook (It's blocked), but I am doing a "photoshoot" sometime this week so I will have some new pictures to share with you guys.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 20 Old 02-07-2012, 11:20 AM
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We had family friends that barrel raced, roped and pole bended that i rode with often. I was always trying to get my parents to get me into it but it didnt happen till about 5 years ago and only seriously (actual barrel training) about a year and a half ago. Its always been my passion but i've only just started improving and getting more serious.
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post #5 of 20 Old 02-08-2012, 12:26 AM
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I started showing back in 2003 - 2004 when a horse friend of mine got me in to it. She had a horse for me to show and an empty spot on the trailer so I thought why not.
Then after moving I started hitching a ride with DrumRunner and have been at it ever since. Like Drum said, I started off terrible but I like to think I have gotten loads better. I also have tucked away all the terrible photos and videos, but am more then willing to share the current ones - they are a tad better :)

I got my first "barrel horse" Oct. 25, 2008 Toot N Toteum.

I then got my mare Dec. 25, 2008 Had A Penney.

Toot taught me a lot and I miss him more and more every day.

Penney means everything to me. Although there have been a few bumps along the road she has turned out to be a very nice horse. She is not the fastest thing out there but she has a huge heart and tries her best for me. I am ready to start showing again and finally get a chance to see what she really has.
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post #6 of 20 Old 02-08-2012, 10:45 AM
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I am sure I was on a horse before I could barely walk. I have my mom to thank for that!

I don't have any pictures of me running when I was young, but I think I am about 2 years old on "Pete" the pony with my older brother.

And I am about 4 years old here on my trusty old Cheyenne appy pony, that I rode in my first gymkhanas and horse shows (and barrels!).

We always did the gymkhanas and horse shows for fun growing up. It probably wasn't until I was about 13 or 14 years old and got my current horse Beau that I really started getting more serious about it.

This was my first "serious" show with Beau where I actually started asking him for some speed at the end of his 4 year old year. And we placed in barrels and speed dash at this show, with some top high school rodeo girls there too! I was very happy with him, although it was really COLD out that day! (Hence the parka, haha).

Still definately don't know it all ..... always gotta keep learning.

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Well I started riding when I was 8. I took lessons at a barn where you could take the lesson horses to shows. I hauled with my instructor and showed English eq....western pleasure...western riding etc. Then I tried barrel racing and I was hooked. I started competing when I was 10 on the lesson pony. Dont hate....we got 4th overall in my age group at a series LOL.

Then I moved to LA and started highschool rodeo-ing. Never made it to nationals bc I was focusing on pursuing a soccer scholarship...but when I had a career ending injury my senior year I dived into barrel racing/rodeoing full time. Im pursuing getting my ammy card for WPRA in 2013 or mare is only 4 1/2 so we'll be hauling and doing derbies until then...and until I start my 2 year old.

Bucky the pony

Beau my WP horse I leased

Studbucket the showmanship horse I showed a little and did halter with

Horses throughout the years (in no particular order)

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post #9 of 20 Old 02-08-2012, 12:22 PM
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and my current horses

My 2 year olds 3 rd ride. Hes getting more time off bc hes going through a huuuuge growth spurt but Im pleased with him. Hes very smart and light. Sorry the video sucks LOL.

Sorry for the picture explosion...but I figured Id give a little background on myself. Im usually on my phone and cant type much or add pics. I know I come off harsh at times...but thats just me LOL. Im actually not that bad.

Im fortunate to currently be hauling with a great group of people that are really pushing me to further better myself as a rider and competitor. Im always learning.

Now...awhile back a debate came up about where your hands are in a turn. You always want to keep that forward momentum....pulling straight back breaks that.

Heres a video of my mare and I do dry work. Shes a ratey little thing that really rolls back so we focus on pushing past the barrel and staying straight. Watch my hands.

Well...nvm you cant tel LOL. My hands are always forward....encouraging her into the turn and to stay moving. I steer with my legs. Anyhow thats my explanation.

and a little bit faster....(excuse my butt popping up at the end.) A 3/4 speed exhibition video.

I dont have alot of competition videos bc I mainly haul by myself or with a group. We stay scattered LOL.

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post #10 of 20 Old 02-08-2012, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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1RedHorse you hand thing makes sense and is right, I got into the bad habit of pulling back on my mare, she wasn't very ratey at all. It was a gamble at times if she would turn, she was so picky about footing. My new horse ratey as heck, im learning to push past morepopular and not touch him. Got the no touching down, just need to push more :)

I'll post about me later when I can get on a computer, tried 3 times and when im almost done the dang phone freezes up. So atlas I'm sick of trying with it.
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