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Road to the NFR – More Success Secrets and Statistics from the Top 15

When my husband Craig and I stepped off the jet-bridge from the 757 that took us from Cowboy Town back to Austin after the NFR, our tummies were rumbling. We’d been eating out all week in Vegas and were more than ready for some “clean” food. Nothing at the airport was appealing so we set...

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Success Leaves Clues – Lessons from a Day with Mary Walker and Latte

Mary Walker is a world-class lady who has “been there and done that.” And not just because she’s 55 years old or a World Champion. Of course I have a great deal of respect for her as barrel racer, but even more because of the trials she’s overcome. If you watch the top 15 walk […]

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The “Lazy” Barrel Horse – How to Build a FIRE in Their Feet!

What is your default response is when faced with a challenge? I’ve personally found that changing my perspective to be highly effective for problem solving (in any area of life)! Take my verrry laid back gelding, Pistol, for example… On one hand, I appreciate his easy going tendencies. He’s confident, comfortable and content in nearly […]

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Four Tips for Acheiving Life Balance + Big Time Barrel Racing Success

Do you ever get frustrated because you can’t seem to carve out enough time to FULLY apply yourself to your barrel racing? Ever feel like you’re short on funds, but you have to WORK to make money – which takes up TIME, AND takes you away from your horses? Not to mention ALL the other […]

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How Pistol Got His Groove Back – (Re)Building Confidence and Focus in the Barrel Horse

As I’ve been riding my superstar gelding Pistol again this spring after a LONG year and a half of being sidelined due to an injury, I’ve noticed that he wasn’t the same horse I left off with. But things had started to change even before he got hurt. You see, a few years ago I […]

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Freedom to RUN – How to Prevent Perfectionism from Slowing You Down

It’s that time of year! A new barrel racing season is under way and “inner perfectionists” everywhere (who may have been laying low throughout the winter months) are rearing their ugly heads! No, it ain’t pretty. And when it happens, our riding sessions and our runs aren’t likely to be either. Unfortunately, the damaging effects...

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How to Plan Your Peak for a Winning Warm-Up and a Winning Run!

Have you ever been a little indecisive when it comes to exactly what you should do, and when, in your warm up? I used to be. When you’re getting ready to put all your hard work and effort on the line, it’s no fun to second-guess yourself. In fact, the only way to truly blast […]

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Teach Your Barrel Horse to Maintain Body Shape for Better (Faster) Barrel Racing

Although riding with bit contact and learning to do so well IS not only an important part of our development as riders/trainers, AND our performance horse’s education, unfortunately it’s all too common for our horse’s athletic abilities to be DEPENDENT on that contact. I had some first hand experience with this recently as I set...

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