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Perfect Circles and Better Body Language with NFR Barrel Racer, Michele McLeod

As a four-time NFR barrel racing qualifier, Michele McLeod has plenty of valuable knowledge and experience to pass on to others. Thankfully for barrel racers, she’s been doing just that lately and I was grateful for the opportunity to catch up with her and multiple-time AQHA World Champion Calf Roper and Super Horse trainer, C.R. […]

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“Correct & Collect” for Better Barrel Racing with NFR Qualifiers Sarah Rose McDonald and Taylor Jacob

In 2016, when I wasn’t able to attend the NFR due to our 15 year old dog, Tess’s failing health, a trusted source mentioned after being at the NFR barrel racing practice sessions, that they were especially impressed with Taylor Jacob’s horsemanship. After seeing footage of the top 15 working the pattern myself, I also […]

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Making it BIG in Vegas – with NFR Barrel Racing Rookie, Cayla Melby Small

Cayla and Gator pictured after their win in Innisfail, Alberta. Cayla Melby Small may be an NFR Rookie, and the 2016 WPRA Rookie of the year, but she’s no newbie to barrel racing. As the daughter of 2-time NFR Qualifier Jane Melby, Cayla has been in the saddle competing with the goal to make the […]

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Tips for Going Pro (and More) with NFR Barrel Racer, Carley Richardson

Even if 80’s metal isn’t your favorite genre of music, and the band name ‘Autograph’ doesn’t ring a bell, you’re still likely to be familiar with the line, “Turn up the RADIO” that also bears the song’s namesake (click here to jog your memory.) Judging by the lyrics, the rock ‘n roll lifestyle doesn’t seem […]

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Fifteen Questions with No. 15 NFR Barrel Racer – Amberleigh Moore

Photo by Julia Smith Photography She may have qualified in the fifteenth spot, but even as an NFR Rookie Amber Moore has every reason to be confident. Below she’s shared insights from her amazing 2016 season and offered valuable advice for those of us who’d love to follow in her boots as an NFR barrel […]

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Viva Las Vegas! Meet the 2016 Top 15 NFR Barrel Racers

The top 15 WPRA barrel racing qualifiers have arrived in Las Vegas, and will soon be blasting down the alley at the Thomas & Mack. In anticipation of the rodeo action, I’m excited to share their reflection on at the 2016 season, and what we can expect to see in this years race to the […]

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What Every Aspiring NFR Barrel Racer Should Know – with 2016 PRCA Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Marty Tanner

After making the cross country move from northern Wyoming to central Texas in 2013, I had several quality options when it came to selecting a primary veterinarian in our area that would oversee our horse’s care. I was familiar with Dr. Marty Tanner and knew he was the vet. of choice for several NFR barrel […]

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Six Steps to Build a Financial Foundation that Supports Your Barrel Racing Habit

One of the first memories I have relating to finances was thinking I would never be able to go to college because “we didn’t have the money.” But that was a lie. Well, part of it… It’s true that my family didn’t seem to have enough funds to meet even our most basic needs at […]

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