It wasn’t the first time an Old Fort Days Futurity Champion had won both the time trials and the finals. And it wasn’t even the first time a rider east of the Mississippi had taken home the coveted Futurity Championship. But it was the first time any rider had ever earned more than $100,000 at a single barrel race.
In 1996 Barrel Horse News got down to the nitty-gritty of the costs associated with training a barrel horse from the top professionals on the road at the time – many of whom are still on top of the barrel racing scene today.
Twenty years ago Colt Tew and Destiny Rendek top the Youth and Junior fields at the Josey Junior World Championship
Marked for death at birth, the crop-out Clabber Pinto earned a spot in the record book as the first stallion to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo and sire multiple NFR qualifiers.
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.