- MARKLYN SIMMS –
– 6/13 SKILLMAN, NJ
- JEN SIMAS –
– 6/14 SKILLMAN, NJ
- LISA BARONE –
– 6/27 SHARTLESVILLE, PA
- CHELSEA MAGAHA –
– 7/4 MCHENRY, MD
- LAURIANA CORSO – MERCER, PA – 7/11
- LAUREN REISINGER –
– 7/18 SHARTLESVILLE, PA
- LANIE JONES –
– 7/29 TROY, PA
- BETH BORROWY – CENTREVILLE, MD – 8/15
- LACY BARRETT –
– 8/18 DAYTON, PA
- CASEY ALLEN –
8/22 GREENSBURG, PA
- KATIE KLINE –
9/5 STONEBORO, PA
- LAURA AOUREDAKES –
9/6J CANTON, OH
- AMBER REDFOOT –PLACED AT APRIL 2009
- ANNE BATHON – FORMER TOUR CHAMPION
- DENISE GORINSKI – FORMER TOUR CHAMPION
- DOREEN ULERY – FORMER TOUR CHAMPION
Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
I am back at the fairgrounds at Tremonton, Utah. My trip to Nampa was
dissappointing, but it reminded me that success takes hard work. Good runs come
when there is totally unity between horse and rider. Even though I am competing
with a broken ankle, I have not been able to ride and work my horses every day,
and have lost the edge I need to win.
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Sunday, September 6, 2009
Maybe that's just me, but I doubt it. Two weeks ago, I had one of those runs. I pulled back on my horse going to the first barrel (an ultimate No-No), then proceeded to blow my third barrel by not helping my horse finish her turn and over-riding. It wasn't just at a barrel race, though, it was at a rodeo, in front of a crowd. Not just a rodeo, though - it was the closest rodeo to my home town in years at Greensburg, Penn.
If I mess up a run on my colt, I don't feel as bad. We're new together, we are allowed to make mistakes. It's the bad run on the old horse that kills me. I've owned her for 10 years and run her for about five. She was hurt every other year and I've been running her for less than a year, this time around, but I really have no reason to mess up the way I did at that rodeo.
My first "bad run" was in the finals at the All American Youth Barrel Race in Jackson, Miss., when I was 14. Before then, I had no expectations for my horse's or my own abilities. I had a good year before that, and I wanted to make my youth career that week in Jackson. In all the pressure I put on myself, I forgot how to run my horse completely, and ultimately she fell and broke her hip. I cried the whole 24-hour drive home.
Maybe these feelings go away the better you get and the more you've won. In the future, when TheBarrelRacingBlog profile a barrel racers, we'll ask about their bad runs and how they cope with screwing up.
If you have stories or thoughts on your own bad runs, let us know! Comment here or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Who are your hauling partners?
My dog Jasper always goes with me. Sometimes I haul by myself. Usually haul with Tyler West and sometimes with some girls from around home.
What is your favorite memory of life on the rodeo road so far?
There are a lot of good memories. One of the best was when Tyler and I rode our horses bareback in the grand entry at North Washington, Penn., last year. He rode a 4-year-old that had never been in a grand entry, and I rodeo my horse Casey.
Last weekend I got to throw t-shirts to the crowd on the victory lap and New Windsor, Ill., that was fun.
When you are at a rodeo, who else’s run do you make sure you watch and why?
People I am traveling with to discuss runs afterwards. Plus whoever else’s run I don’t miss.
What type of truck and trailer do you drive and why?
Chevy because Chevys are fast! Mine is just a gas engine but I wish I had a Duramax diesel.
What’s the worst thing that has ever happened on the road?
My horse fell into gate and scraped her legs all up and had to vet out of some good rodeos.
Where is the farthest you’ll travel for a rodeo?
Depends on how much money is added.
How often do you take time off?
Little as possible.
How long do you condition a horse before you run it?
What type of hat do you wear?
I need a new hat.
What kind of saddle do you ride?
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Riding and Ethics
How much time do you spent reviewing your runs and going over what you did wrong or right?
I watch the run a few times on tape if it was taped, then think about what went wrong and start on a solution as soon as possible. The sooner I can figure out the problem and find a solution to the problem the better.
What do you do to practice on your older horses if you’re having a problem?
Usually if the horse is finished, seasoned and already winning and I start having problems with it I go to the vet to see if they are sore, and that usually fixes the problem.
What do you do best riding-wise?
Getting the most potential possible out of a horse, and I’m light handed.
What do you or have you struggled with the most while riding?
I have trouble keeping my stirrups. It doesn’t matter what I do I seem to lose them. I’ve also had to start over from square one with a lot of green horses.
What rules do you play by? Any ethics you try to follow when it comes to doing what it takes to win?
I try to see each individual horses strength and build from there. I feed vitamin supplements. I’ve seen too many good horses get wrecked or messed up for life because of steroids so I stay away from using that kind of stuff.
What veterinary technique has served you best (i.e. hock injections, Legend, shock wave therapy, etc.)?
Chiropractor adjustments and having the knees, hocks and stifles injected.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
In the Arena
What type of ground do you prefer to run on?
Prefer good footing and to be at top of drag but I take whatever it is and make the best of it.
Do your horses have any preference of ground or do you pick horses that can take anything?
Casey the horse I run the most will run on just about any type of ground, but it has taken a lot of hauling and running in different pens to get her that way.
Do you like big or small pens?
I like medium sized ones the best but it doesn’t really matter I just try to adapt to the situation.
What is going through your head when you’re running to the first?
Oh no don’t hit it...
What are you thinking running home?
To push as hard as I can and don’t stop till I’m at the gate. Way to often I see horses shut down before the timer line.
How do you approach a barrel (i.e. with a wide pocket, straight at it, etc)?
Fairly straight with little pocket.
Do you run with spurs, a hand whip, or nothing?
Usually with spurs and a whip. It depends on the horse. I have one horse that hates whips and if I carry one he tries to run off and loses his head even if I don’t use the whip.
What is your horse’s cue to turn a barrel (i.e. lift, leg pressure, etc.)?
My horse Casey rates barrels really good so I just have to drive her all the way. Most other horses I just sit back a little and barely touch the inside rein.
What is your favorite bit for a finished horse?
O-ring, jr working cow horse or a half wonder bit.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Do you train your own horses?
I usually train my own horses. I have had some that were already trained or started on barrels. But now I do the majority of the training myself.
What philosophies do you stick to when training young horse?
Horses have different personalities, characteristics, abilities and athletic styles. Because this stuff varies from horse to horse, each horses learns at a different pace and needs individualized attention. What I do and how I train a horse depends on the individual horse. I try to do what will work best for that particular horse. The more natural something is to a horse the easier it will be for the horse to learn and do.
How far will you push a young horse?
Depends on the individual horse and what they can handle.
What sort of horse body style do you prefer?
I like smaller built horses because I am more comfortable on them. However I have had some big horses and know of other big horses that do a great job barrel racing.
Any bloodlines you think are better than others?
Jet of Honor and Sun Frost breeding is probably my favorite.
At what age do you expect one of your prospects to be ready to hit the rodeo trail?
That all depends on how early the horse was started.
Any favorite techniques when putting a young horse on the barrels?
Start out slow and give them plenty of room coming into barrel to prevent them trying to slice it or cut into close as they get older.
What is your favorite training tool?
What is your favorite bit for a young horse?