2018 Earnings: $98,704 Career Earnings: $165,394
Fiery Miss West "Missy" (7 - year old mare) - Sire: Firewater Frenchman/Dam: Frenchmans Bo Dashus; Especials Smoothie “Smoothie” – (23 – year old mare) – Sire: Especial/Dam: Docs Lil Smoothie
1. Excluding qualifying for the Wrangler NFR, what are your top 2 highlights of the 2018 season.
Qualifying for, and placing 2nd in the final round at Kissimmee.
Winning the semi-final round, and placing 3rd in the final round at Calgary.
2. Which rodeo is still on your "bucket list" to win?
All of them.
3. At what point during the season did you know you had a lock on the Wrangler NFR?
After Puyallup I felt pretty confident, but I wasn’t convinced we had made it until September 30.
4. What are you most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas?
I am most looking forward to running barrels!
5. Have you ever been to LasVegas other than the NFR? What shows, or events are your most favorite things to do?
Never have been there.
6. What has been your proudest moment this past season?
Placing in rounds at Calgary, as we struggled to figure out our first barrel the first couple runs.
7. How would you describe your horse's running and turning style...do you think the Thomas & Mack environment will compliment it?
She really uses her hind end, but at the same time she keeps a lot of forward momentum going around the barrels. She is very light and responds to every move I make. She also tends to get stronger every run, if you make multiple runs at the same place… so I am hoping that the setup in Las Vegas will be a good one for her.
8. What are you most thankful for?
There are so many people that help me go down the road- from helping with my kids, and taking care of things at home, to helping me find places to stay while on the road or giving me advice about rodeos I’ve never been to. I am very thankful for all of them!
9. List your sponsors
Dakota Western Bank
Westergren Quarter Horses
Cowgirl Tuff Company
5 Star Equine Products
Silver Lining Herbs
10. Who or what keeps you most grounded and humble?
My family keeps me the most grounded and humble. No matter what happens on any given day at a rodeo, I always have so much to be thankful for.
11. Who pushes you most to achieve an NFR qualification?
There are many people who pushed me to achieve this NFR qualification. There were many times that we didn’t have a babysitter lined up to help and it would have been so much easier to just stay home, and my husband had to all but push me out the door to get me to go. I also remember early in the year, there were friends who threatened to enter me and come pick me and my horse up and haul me to the rodeos if I didn’t start entering myself. My two oldest kids were also very excited about the thought of their mom getting to compete at the NFR, so they encouraged me to go as well.
12. What kind of support team do you have, i.e.
- Driver or someone who figures out the logistics of getting to all the rodeos, i.e. layovers
- Someone who gets them entered in the rodeos, keeps track of standings
- Vet and Farrier while on the road
- Personal trainer
- Sports psychologist
- Financial Backers
My husband is my biggest support team. He helped me drive a lot this year, and helped me be able to stay on the road with our kids a lot of the time. There were also numerous people who helped with kids, and helped keep things running smoothly at home. But as far as the list above goes, I pretty much take care of all of those things myself. I was never gone from home for more than 2 weeks at a time, so never needed a farrier while on the road, and the couple times I did need a vet, I was fortunate to meet some great ones at the rodeos I was at.
13. What is your go to snack food on the road?
Munchies and Coke.
14. Which former NFR or World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
I am fortunate to have several great friends who have qualified for the NFR before, and they helped me so much all year. Britany Diaz, Nikki Hansen and Lisa Lockhart were all so helpful whenever I needed anything- information on arenas I’d never been to before, places to layover, sponsor logistics, etc. I am so grateful to have them as friends!
15. Do you travel with any animals other than your horses and if yes, tell us about them.
No animals, just usually several children.
16. Have you ever sung karaoke? What is your favorite song to sing?
I have sang karaoke… a long time ago. I can’t say I have a favorite.
17. What is your favorite app on your phone?
Facebook… and I don’t know what I’d do with out the Maps app.
18. Which do you enjoy watching more, television or movies? What types: drama, sports, comedy, romance? Which specific ones are your favorite?
I’m not sure which is my favorite, between TV and movies. I love a good comedy and my favorite TV show is Modern Family.
19. Have you endured any “life changing” moments?
20. Rodeo life is full of obstacles and challenges. What was your greatest challenge this year and how did you overcome it?
My greatest challenge is always trying to divide time between family and horses. A lot of times it feels like, if you are taking care of your horses like you should, your family isn’t getting enough time and attention, and vice versa. But with the help with a lot of friends and other family members, my kids were all taken care of. Some weeks we were all together and some we weren’t but for the most part everyone got the attention they needed, and at the end of the day everyone was happy.
21. What life lesson did you learn from your challenges this year?
Life is short, and it is so important to just enjoy one day at a time.
22. If you could live in any other area of the US other than where you now reside where would it be?
I would love to be able to live somewhere that is warm in the winter. But other than that, I love where I live and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
23. What sport other than rodeo would you shine in?
I couldn’t imagine making a living playing any other sport… and rodeo is one of the few where being 5’1’’ doesn’t put you at a disadvantage, so I think I’ll just stick to it. When I was younger, however, I spent 9 years doing gymnastics. I loved it, and never realized until many years after I quit how much muscle strength it took.
24.What is a daily "must do/have" to keep your life organized or stress free?
I have to write EVERYTHING on our wall calendar, and my notebook calendar. It helps me, and everyone who is helping me.
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?
I don’t know that I have a “must have” but everything we need to survive is in our horse trailer… probably the living quarters more than the horse area… clothes, snacks, diapers, etc. It is an always an eye opener when we have to pack to go somewhere without the living quarters because there is just so much to pack!
26. What's a misconception about barrel racing?
Like anything in life, I think a big misconception about barrel racing is that there is a right/wrong way to do it. There are so many different ways to train/jockey barrel horses that work! A person just needs to find what works best for them and their horses, and sometimes adjust a little depending on differences in horses.