Originally Posted by Wanstrom Horses
And just to ad, IMHO, those world champion barrel racers are not good riders, nor good trainers. Did you see how many barrels were knocked over and how large the pockets were on some of the runs at this years NFR? They can just afford expensive, and very fast horses..
Yes, some of the NFR girls buy their horses, because when you are practically on the road 24/7, it is very difficult to have the time to train one yourself.
If I am not mistaken, Lisa Lockhart trained both Louie and Chism herself.
Sherry Cervi is one of THE BEST riders, hands down, when it comes to barrel racing. She's so soft in her cues that you hardly even see her cueing her horse.
Britany Fleck (not at this year's NFR, but qualified last year) completely trained her horse Rootie from a filly to a trained winner. And just won a round at Rodeo Houston (if I heard correctly on the news last night). She won the whole thing last year (by one cent), for a nice $50,000 winner check.
And Mary Walker (the reining world champion) has overcome more obstacles in her life than most people, and yet she still seasoned Latte and made him a world champion. (I can't recall, but she may have even trained him herself.)
Those are just the first 4 examples that come to my mind.
The National Finals Rodeo is balls-to-the-walls, no holding back. Especially if you have knocked a barrel over in the previous round and took yourself out of the average race, when $18,000 is on the line for a round WIN, you are going to cut barrels as close as you can, and sometimes, knock them over. Just to try to win the round for an $18,000 check.
They are not knocking over barrels because they are snobby little rich girls who bought themselves a pet and can't ride.
It is very naive and uneducated and obtuse of you to say that these girls at the NFR are bad riders and bad trainers. Not to mention disrespectful. Wow.