In the Arena

Talmadge Green and his baby boy Sterling flanked by family at the 2013 NBHA Open World.

When a shot at a one-day rodeo paying out $2 million knocks, Talmadge Green, Sandy Hook, Miss., answers. For Green, a $2 million earner in barrel racing and a 42-year veteran of the sport, winning The American barrel racing qualifier held in Jackson, Miss., at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center on Nov. 23 put him one step closer to achieving a dream during a year wrought with personal tragedy. Green lost his best friend and fiancé on Sept. 16, with the untimely passing of Megan Stockstill following the birth of their son Sterling.


Despite the fact that she is a California native, barrel horse trainer Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, had never earned a check at a California Circuit WPRA/PRCA Rodeo. That all changed when she bested the field at the Ramona Rodeo, held May 17-19 in Ramona, Calif. aboard Charlie Cole and Jason Martin’s Mossmemoe.