2018 Earnings: $86,947 Career Earnings: $140,157
Ripn Lady "Ripp" (8 -year old buckskin mare) - Sire: Frenchs Hula Guy/Dam: Bijou Betali; TammysLittleParadise – “Lulu” (5-year old mare) – Sire: Frenchs Hula Guy/Dam: Tammy Paradise; Rimes Girl – “Rime” (7-year old mare) – Sire: Frenchs Hula Guy/Dam: Maggie Majorette; Eyes A Hula Lady – “French” - Sire: Frenchs Hula Guy/Dam: Powerful Cause
1. Excluding qualifying for the Wrangler NFR, what are your top 2 highlights of the 2018 season.
Running at Calgary Stampede, and Winning Strathmore.
2. Which rodeo is still on your "bucket list" to win?
Cheyenne Wy. Haven’t made it there yet but one day I will go.
3. At what point during the season did you know you had a lock on the Wrangler NFR?
This year wasn’t like the past. It took way more money to make it so it was hard to feel comfortable.
4. What are you most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas?
Just can’t wait to run down that alley and let Ripp do her thing.
5. Have you ever been to LasVegas other than the NFR? What shows, or events are your most favorite things to do?
Never been to a show there before. Have only been there to watch the World Series Roping or watch the NFR. Love the New York New York roller coaster. I go every time.
6. What has been your proudest moment this past season?
Earning Canada’s #1 Back Number. And of course Qualifying for my first NFR
7. How would you describe your horse's running and turning style...do you think the Thomas & Mack environment will compliment it?
She’s very smooth and Precise. I feel like she’s going to love the Thomas and Mack.
8. What are you most thankful for?
All the help and support that I’ve received through this journey. I have a Army of friends, family, sponsorship and most amazing man in my life that have helped this all happen.
9. List your sponsors
Sponsors to be announced soon.
10. Who or what keeps you most grounded and humble?
My colts. I love to train them. Everyone is different and has their own qualities. It always brings me back to the basic and grounds me when I get to Play with them all. Training is probably my favourite thing to do if I’m not traveling the world. They always keep me humble since you can’t have any expectations until they are finished and set in their style. Every year I have at least two I’ve picked out to train so it all starts over for me each November when I start to play with them again.
11. Who pushes you most to achieve an NFR qualification?
My Aunty Lynn Mobbs and Cousin Ty. Plus all my Family’s. I’ve lived with multiple Family’s to making it possible for me to rodeo and learn more and more since I was young.
12. What kind of support team do you have, i.e.
a) Driver or someone who figures out the logistics of getting to all the rodeos, i.e. layovers. I do all this myself. If I do have questions for Canada My go to is Randa Nugent, and for the USA it’s Angela Ganter.
b) Someone who gets them entered in the rodeos, keeps track of standings. I do this myself
c) Vet and Farrier while on the road.
Quin Gavaga from Cache Creek BC for my BC vet and Jessica Romanow or Chad Hewlet for my Alberta Vets.
Bo Anderson and Neal Antoine for Farriers.
d) Personal trainer. Myself
e) Sports psychologist. Myself/ Jace Lambert
f) Accountant. Scott Campbell from Campbell and Co accounting
g) Financial Backers. G. MacRitchie Forestry gets my down the road for Fuel in Canada. David Harrison for buying more and more Colts (I will never run outta horse power), Equine Fit helps out a lot to help pay for Fees and keeps supplements under my horses. My Parents help as much as they can if I get in a hard spot. My horses win a lot to keep things rolling pretty easy too. And if I’m in a hard spot I always have horses to sell if needed.
13. What is your go to snack food on the road?
Avocados, Old Dutch Ketchup Chips that are only in Canada ??, Or Aero Chocolate Bars.
14. Which former NFR or World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
Lisa Lockhart because she’s very humble and has been everywhere. She’s very successful and a inspiration.
15. Do you travel with any animals other than your horses and if yes, tell us about them.
Yes. My dogs Camo and Taz. They are miniature heelers that are very loving and great entertainment.
16. Have you ever sung karaoke?
What is your favorite song to sing? I’ve only ever song Karaoke once. It was in wickenburg AZ. And the song was Witchy Woman by the Eagles.
17. What is your favorite app on your phone?
Pinterest, always love to look neat ideas up on there.
18. Which do you enjoy watching more, television or movies?
What types: drama, sports, comedy, romance? Which specific ones are your favorite? Movies. Love all the good ones.
19. Have you endured any “life changing” moments?
Many, I’ve lost many loved ones, and horses. Been though tough times and Many Great times its life and I love it. Always looking forward to what life is going to through at me next.
20. Rodeo life is full of obstacles and challenges. What was your greatest challenge this year and how did you overcome it?
Greatest challenge would have been stepping of Ripp the last two months of rodeos and letting her heal up for the NFR. Brought her back just in time for CFR but she wasn’t in the best shape. We had to stay in the top four for Calgary so that’s why she had to go through all the 6 rounds to maintain that. We overcome it by letting her rest at Coulee Equine.
21. What life lesson did you learn from your challenges this year?
Life lesson from our challenges is to never sell my back up until the next one is ready. This winter she will have a back up so she doesn’t have to carry all the weight.
22. If you could live in any other area of the US other than where you now reside where would it be?
23 What sport other than rodeo would you shine in?
Snowmobiling I only love the mountain climbing part so I would probably go through a lot of sleds though.
24.What is a daily "must do/have" to keep your life organized or stress free?
Write everything down. I have a horrible memory.
25. What is you #1 "must have" for keeping your trailer organized and stocked as needed?
Would it be in the horse area or living quarters area? Hoof Grip flooring in the horse trailer area. Makes life so much easier without so many shavings and is great cushioning for the horses ride.
26. What's a misconception about barrel racing?
The amount of fast runs needed in practice. I very rearly make a run in Practice. A horse that’s craving it is better than a horse that sick of it and needs to be demanded to do it.