At what age did you start barrel racing?
I started running barrels when I was about 8, before that I took a lot of English and western pleasure lessons and showing horses.
Tell me about the first time you competed
First time I competed in barrel racing I was doing little local gymkhanas on my show Arab. We would go to the gymkhanas once a month for fun, and eventually gave up showing and perused barrel racing
Tell me about the horses you have now
Right now I have 4 horses, the only horse I own is my main barrel horse “Cat Man Do”. He’s my primary horse I run at jackpots and rodeos. I also have 3 mares for a couple clients, I have a 5 year old mare named Truffles, owned by Robert and Jamie Bashford from Queen Creek, Arizona. Truffles was brought to me to run in some futurities through this year. I also have Reba and Star, both 4 year old fillies owned by Shelly Ryan who is also from Buckeye, AZ. Both of these fillies are in training for the 2019 futurity season and I’m really excited about both of them!
What is Cat Man like when he isn’t barrel racing?
When cat man isn’t running barrels he is super easy going, anyone can get on him and ride him, he’s a complete sweetheart and loves trail riding and just hanging out.
What are some of your favorite qualities of barrel racing?
I love barrel racing because of the bond we make with our horses and the friends we make competing against each other. I have been lucky enough to have had the chance to ride some amazing horses and meet some even more amazing people!
Name some of your barrel racing accomplishments?
In 2016 I won 4th In the 1D average at the Nolan Watters memorial on Mark West, I also finished 10th in the youth race at the NBHA Las Vegas super show on a mare I owned named Trip. In 2017, I won the 2nd round of the Thanksgiving Barrel Race in Buckeye AZ, and won 2nd in the average on Martin (Pritzi Will Go). I also won the 2D average on him at the Nolan Watters memorial last year.
And this year in January I qualified for the American Semifinals on Martin. Then in the spring I acquired Cat Man, and have done amazing on him in the sort time I’ve had him. In May we won the Liz King Benefit race, and we won the first go of the NBHA Las Vegas Super show out of 500 people. Between Cat Man and Martin we finished our second in the permit standing for the WPRA in our circuit.
What are some of your goals for your horses and barrel racing?
My goals for barrel racing are to train futurity horses and try to keep up with the best of the best in the futurity world. I think eventually rodeoing and trying to qualify for the NFR would be amazing but it would definitely require the right horses to make it possible.
What are some of your personal goals?
My personal goal would be to qualify for the American Semi Finals again for 2019.
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