Tack & Equipment


Dena Kirkpatrick believes in keeping her training methods simple and she employs the same philosophy when selecting the bits best suited to different stages of barrel horse training.
   “I get a lot of questions about what kinds of bits I use and it doesn’t take me long to explain because I keep things simple,” says Kirkpatrick. “I have a few bits that are my favorites and I stick with them.”

In barrel racing, there are a few key components—a horse, boots, jeans, tack and a saddle. The most important requirement would, obviously, be your horse, but I believe the second is your saddle. Everyone knows what a saddle is, but did you know that the saddle can sometimes make a huge difference in the way your horse runs, and even how you ride?

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In the May 2012 issue of Barrel Horse News, Bridget Cook’s article shares some of the industry’s top trainers’ favorite pieces of tack. I was asked by our editor Bonnie Wheatley to take some pictures of Bo Hill’s favorite bits for the article. She told me if I didn’t have time to get Creedence or Stephanie of Pixel Works to do it. Like, I was going to turn down a chance at digging through Bo Hill’s bit collection? Yeah right, I was gung ho for this assignment!

Professional’s Choice has teamed up with professional barrel racer and NFR champion Brittany Pozzi on a collection of bits called The Brittany Pozzi Collection. The bit collection, which will be released Oct. 1, is comprised of four classic bits, including an O-Ring Twisted Wire Snaffle, a Hackamore, Combinations and Lifters, with a selection of mouthpieces.

Dena Kirkpatrick

Dena KirkpatrickDena Kirkpatrick uses a Loomis gag bit to soften her horse’s face and body around a barrel turn. BHN file photo.This simple yet effective bit is a barrel-racer favorite for training, tuning and competing, but almost everyone uses it for a different reason.



Maintain Body Position and Stability with the Crown C Cervi Barrel Racer Saddle
The Crown C Gives Barrel Racers a Competitive Advantage

Champion barrel racer Sherry Cervi teams up with Martin Saddlery to design the new Crown C Cervi Barrel Racer.

The Crown C’s specific design helps barrel racers maintain proper body position and stability during a run. It employs attributes that aid barrel racers in absorbing those quick, jarring movements common with today’s faster, more athletic barrel horses.