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Event in which you compete:Barrel Racing

Hometown: Ledbetter, TX, USA

Number of years riding: I have been riding since I was two.

Career accomplishments to date: 

  • • Five-time NFR qualifier
  • • NFR arena record-holder for five years
  • • Won 5 rounds at 2002 NFR
  • • Two AQHA world barrel racing titles
  • • BFA futurity horse-of-the-year
  • • Calgary $100k winner 2009


How you got started in your event: I started running barrels when I was just two. My mom and dad trained racehorses, and both had rodeoed a little, so there were always horses around and I loved them

Favorite Ariat Product: I am a fan of a lot of Ariat boots, but my favorite is the Ariat Legend style.

Proudest career moment: Proudest career moment was at my first NFR in 2002 when I won the first go-round.

Tell us about your first horse:My first horse was a big sorrel named Cowboy. I won my first trophy when I was two. It said Hard Luck Cowgirl because I fell off between the first and second barrel, but my dad put me back on and I finished the pattern.

If you weren’t a professional rider, you would be a: If I weren’t a professional barrel racer I would be a lawyer.

You ride because: I ride because I love it. I love the partnership I share with my horse, and the sense of accomplishment I feel when we win.

Favorite mentor or idol growing up: I think every barrel racers’ idol is Charmayne James. I admire her staying ability, her ability to do it on more than one horse, but most of all I admire her for not letting the fame go to her head.

Favorite place to travel: My favorite place to travel is Montana. The mountains and scenery are beautiful.

Name one fun fact that people don’t know about you:One fact people don’t know about me is that I love to do yard work and mow grass. It’s a great way to unwind.

Favorite way to unwind outside of the barn: I am addicted to a few TV programs. Grey’s Anatomy, Dancing with the Stars, The Good Wife. They are weekly one-hour no-brainers for me.

Good luck charm: My good luck charm – it changes, depending on the horse I ride – a certain saddle, a cross, a shirt, or a belt and hat.