Entries by Heather Smith

“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…

Be Ready for Anything with 16 Barrel Racing Boot Bag Necessities

For a barrel racer, it’s a sickening feeling to suddenly realize you need a specific product or tool just minutes before competing, only to realize you left it at the trailer. No one wants to experience panic, anxiety or concern in those critical pre-run moments. Especially considering that the trailer might be a half mile…

The ONE Thing Good AND Bad Runs Must Have in Common for Continued Barrel Racing Success

When I made the second run back on my gelding Pistol several weeks ago, after a FIVE year break from competing (and SEVEN months of re-conditioning) due to an injury, the overwhelming feelings I experienced were ones I won’t soon forget. While it wasn’t exactly an arena record, the run felt solid and we clocked…