2018 Earnings: $107,715 Career Earnings: $110,189
Hell On The Red "Reddy" (6 - year old mare) - Sire: JL Dash Ta Heaven/Dam: Designer Ruby
1. Excluding qualifying for the Wrangler NFR, what are your top 2 highlights of the 2018 season.
I got the first round and average win at Guymon, Ok to start the summer and then I set a new arena record at Nampa, ID. Those would have to be my two highlights of the year.
2. Which rodeo is still on your "bucket list" to win?
I would love to win Ft. Worth, Tx. My grandmother won it, my sister won it, and I think it would mean a lot to have that win along with my family.
3. At what point during the season did you know you had a lock on the Wrangler NFR?
I think it was Dodge City, KS. I placed in a round and third in the average and it put me at $87,000. No one knew at the time what it was going to take to make it this year, but I had several people tell me that that would get me in there.
4. What are you most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas?
I am just excited that my entire family will be out there with me. I think the atmosphere is what I am looking forward to. I guess just the excitement of the entire event.
5. Have you ever been to LasVegas other than the NFR? What shows, or events are your most favorite things to do?
I went the first year my sister, Janae Ward Massey, made the finals, but I was in 7th grade so I didn’t actually get to do much.
6. What has been your proudest moment this past season?
Honestly, Nampa, ID. We had just come back from a not-so-good Calgary, and we were a long ways from home. It was a building run, and I knew my mare liked buildings, It was a confidence booster to finish the summer run.
7. How would you describe your horse's running and turning style...do you think the Thomas & Mack environment will compliment it?
Hell on the Red is four-wheel drive. She stays pretty level throughout her run. She’s never real flashy, just efficient. I do think that the Thomas and Mack will compliment her style. She enjoys the buildings, and her free run style, will hopefully shut the clock off.
8. What are you most thankful for?
My family – they have been over the top supportive. From my mom going with me all year, to my husband at home, working his rear off, seeing the big picture and telling me, “If you don’t enter, you don’t have a chance to win,” to my sisters Janae and Cassie who helped with my futurity colts and kept things going while I wasn’t home, to my grandparents, Dale and Florence Youree who have allowed me to campaign their great mare.
9. List your sponsors
Youree Ward Barrel Horses, Oxy-Gen, PHT, Tres Rios Silver, Namgis Quarter Horses, MSport6, Schneider Performance Pads, EAC., Inc
10. Who or what keeps you most grounded and humble?
My mom and little boy, Marcus. My mom can see if I’m wavering one direction or the other, and she knows how to get me to where I need to be mentally. And geez, Marcus is just a blessing. Being a mom on the road with a 1 year old is humbling enough.
11. Who pushes you most to achieve an NFR qualification?
My family has been a huge influence and the backbone to this NFR qualification. Honestly, if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have done it. I like to be home, and I like training futurity colts. I never really saw myself doing this. But once the year started like it did, they kept telling me I had to keep going.
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
Oh my goodness, my mom, Renee’! She enters every rodeo, she maps them out, she finds places to stay, and if she didn’t do enough, she drives the majority of the time. We joke about who has it worse, driving or changing diapers in the back seat.
- Someone who gets them entered in the rodeos, keeps track of standings
My mom, Renee’ Ward.
- Vet and Farrier while on the road
Dr. Robbin Johnson – vet
Ty Kester - farrier
- Personal trainer
- Sports psychologist
Mia Meyers, CPA
- Financial Backers
Florence and Dale Youree
13. What is your go to snack food on the road?
Beef jerky and water
14. Which former NFR or World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
I have breakfast with 3 NFR qualifiers every day of my life - Florence Youree, Renee’ Ward, and Janae Massey. We all offer advice to one another whether we want it or not. Ha! But, seriously, they have been a major help with the prep for this year’s NFR.
15. Do you travel with any animals other than your horses and if yes, tell us about them.
16. Have you ever sung karaoke? What is your favorite song to sing?
I did once, and there are only a handful of people who could tell you about it.
17. What is your favorite app on your phone?
Amazon and Facebook
18. Which do you enjoy watching more, television or movies? What types: drama, sports, comedy, romance? Which specific ones are your favorite?
I probably enjoy television more these days. We don’t have a whole lot of time to sit down for two hours and watch a movie. The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, and This is Us have been some of my favorites here lately.
19. Have you endured any “life changing” moments?
Two actually – The day I married my husband, Jay and the day my son, Marcus was born.
20. Rodeo life is full of obstacles and challenges. What was your greatest challenge this year and how did you overcome it?
I guess my biggest challenge isn’t just on the rodeo trail. I have to have a plan for everything, so when the plan doesn’t go accordingly, I get flustered. My husband is helping me out a lot in this department. But with my mom being out there with me, and having done it all for herself, and with my sister, Janae, it took some worry away. The only way I know how to overcome a challenge other than working to better myself, is to pray about it. If I have an instance of worry or frustration, I pray.
21. What life lesson did you learn from your challenges this year?
To be more patient.
22. If you could live in any other area of the US other than where you now reside where would it be?
Somewhere in Texas – I went to college there and loved it.
23 What sport other than rodeo would you shine in?
I was a decent point guard back in the day.
24.What is a daily "must do/have" to keep your life organized or stress free?
Coffee and prayer – that’s how I get every day started.
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?
Rubbermaid tubs and organizers – I have them in the sides and the back of the horse area of my trailer. That way, I know exactly where everything is.
26. What's a misconception about barrel racing?
That you can get rich doing it. It takes a lot to get a lot.