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Kay Young riding horse Tiger around the barrel

It is a muggy, stifling morning in Southern Oklahoma. The red maples have begun their fall blush and rain puddles the drive, yet the air remains thick with humidity and heavy with ongoing summer. There will be no cool air today. Buttoning the cuffs of her long-sleeved shirt, a petite figure steps out of the grey daylight and into the shadowy quiet of the barn. This is Kay Whittaker Young. She moves quickly, smoothly, her eyes scanning the stalls for signs of the horses that are in her care. As if on a rotating cue, six heads appear one at a time over the stall doors, ears up, eyes glittering.

Barrel Horse News Bonus – Jordon Peterson, March 2009

Chilton, Texas cowgirl Jordon Peterson sat third in the WPRA NFR standings in February 2009.
You can pick up some of Jordon’s great training secrets in the March 2009 issue of Barrel Horse News.

Catching up with Dena Kirkpatrick

If you have been around barrel racing very long, you know Sugar Moon Express, aka “Martha.” Have you also heard of Fols Classy Snazzy, Willy Nick Bar, Leaving Lucille, or Chicago Moon Express? Many of us have and there is one common denominator that links all of these successful horses. Dena Kirkpatrick. Barrel Horse News was fortunate enough to catch up with Dena for a few minutes during a break at her clinic held in Fort Collins, Colo.

One of barrel racing’s most beloved icons, John Read Foster’s been playing the game for nearly 50 years.

He might not remember the registered name of every horse that he’s owned, shown or admired, but John Read Foster can darn sure tell you how that horse was bred. He can tell you what it won and more than likely who was riding it.