Barrel Horse News caught up with futurity champion Ashley Schafer to find out what she considers to be her keys to success throughout her career.
Professional barrel horse trainer Ashley Schafer offers feedback on reader-submitted barrel runs. This month, she offers tips for Summer on how to accomplish smooth, forward motion around a barrel, soft lateral and vertical flexion and how to achieve speed without kicking.
Ashley Schafer and her standout mount KR Last Fling qualified for their second American Rodeo in as many years, winning the qualifier at the Ardmore Barrel Futurity (formerly the Jud Little Barrel Bash) on September 24, 2016, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Barrel Horse News visited with Ashley about her smoking qualifiying run and what she plans to do differently in the semi-finals this year.
Ashley Schafer explains a few common barrel racing mistakes and how to fix them.
Ashley Schafer explains her approach to exhibitions and the importance of hauling colts to public places.
Ashley Schafer believes riding the hindquarters of a horse is important to have control of the horse’s body.
Ashley Schafer explains the importance of rating correctly and demonstrates how she achieves rate in younger horses.
Learn how Ashley Schafer focuses on transitioning between horses when running multiple horses in a small amount of time.
Ashley Schafer demonstrates her approach to teaching transitions and keeping a horse responsive for the turns.
Ashley Schafer describes the benefit of wearing spurs and the importance of knowing when to use your legs versus when to use your spurs.