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 racing qualifier!
2. How would you describe your horse’s running and turning style?
Paige is hard-running and turning, she loves small patterns.
3. What has been your biggest challenge or learning opportunity this season?
Trying to find rodeo grounds you’ve never been to.
4. What inspires you to stay positive through all the ups and downs of rodeo life?
Knowing there’s always another rodeo and another run to make.
5. What products do you depend on most to keep your horses healthy and happy?
Back on Track products.
6. Do you have any specific goals for this year’s National Finals Rodeo?
To go and make ten memorable runs.
7. What piece of tack or equipment is one you can’t live without?
My Double J saddles.
8. What qualities do you think are most critical to a horse’s success?
Building confidence and trust in their job.
9. Is there a preferred bloodline or style you look for in a horse?
I look for a horse with a big heart and a willing attitude.
10. If you could make a run on any of the other NFR qualifier’s horses, which would you choose and why? I would choose Tibbie. She is gritty – just my style!
11. What do you think is the key to making the transition from a part-time amateur barrel racer to a full-time professional?
Having family support and the right horse.
12. If you could give one tip to a barrel racer with a goal to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo, what would it be?
Focus on one run at a time!
13. What is your favorite thing to do outside of barrel racing and horses?
Traveling to places I’ve never been… with a nice sand beach!
14. What has been a funny or memorable experience from your years of rodeoing?
Almost leaving my dog at a friend’s house when we were loading horses. My friend ran out to the road holding the dog, we were leaving for three weeks to Texas.
15. Are there any sponsors you’d like to thank?
Yes! Tight Joints Plus, OE Nutraceuticals, Champion Feeds, Earl’s Garage, G&J Logging, Purina, Katie’s Coast to Coast, Silver Lining Herbs, Murray Hay Sales, BRN4D, Belle Star Boutique, Double J Saddlery, 5 Star Pads, Back on Track, House Top H Ranch, and MR4 Activ.
The 2016 NFR action starts on Thursday, December 1st and will be televised LIVE nightly beginning through December 10th at 7:00 Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time, 9:00 Central and 10:00 p.m. Eastern time on Direct TV – CBS Sports Channel 221, or Dish – CBS Sports Channel 158. Click here for the WNFR TV schedule at ProRodeo.com.
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