Veteran barrel racer Sabra O’Quinn and Alive With Chaos bested a field of more than 150 competitors to win the JJK Hot Chick Challenge on May 8 at King’s Arena in Great Falls, Montana. For O’Quinn, it was a prosperous reunion with an old favorite that she hadn’t made a run on in two years.

“Besides the Montana wind—I wasn’t sure if I needed a beanie or a windbreaker—it was really a lot of fun. The people were extremely nice and the ground was good. I haven’t been to too many Montana events, because I just haven’t gotten to go, but the people out here are so nice,” the Florida native shared.

O’Quinn made the winning run aboard the 2005 gelding known as “Chaos,” who originally made his way to her years ago through one of her very good friends, Heather Fleckinger.

“She came to me and wanted to sell him because her son was competing in junior rodeo. She never did rodeo on him, all she did was take him to jackpots and won quite a bit on him. She knows how finicky I am, and she wanted me to find him a good home,” O’Quinn explained. “I took him, and we just clicked, and I started winning everything on him—rodeos, just…everything.”

Inspired by their compatibility and success in the barrel pen, O’Quinn decided to purchase Chaos herself, and the pair went on to have a competitive summer rodeo run. When responsibilities at home forced her to step away from the rodeo arena, she knew just who to call.

Andrea and Jeff [Busby] said, ‘If you ever sell him, you give us the first chance.’ I did, and Andrea bought him and did great on him. She’s got all those nice Blazin Jetolena geldings now, and she wants to ride their brand, so Chaos is just sitting around,” said O’Quinn.

Call it fate or call it luck—in April 2022, the brown gelding by Perks Alive and out of Miss First Down SMU by First Down Kelly landed back in the hands of O’Quinn and shortly thereafter found himself headed to the JJK Hot Chick Challenge barrel race.

“I’m telling you straight up, if I was a millionaire, I would buy this sucker back,” O’Quinn said with a laugh. “I just love him, but I have 14 2-yr-olds I’m breaking right now.”

Of all the things O’Quinn likes about Chaos, the simplicity of making a successful run on him is one of her favorites.

“Literally, you get on him, you trot a few circles, you lope about three circles to the right, three circles left, you walk to the arena and you send him,” O’Quinn shared. “That’s how he’s always been. He’s just so fun.”

True to his less-is-more warm-up style, O’Quinn concedes that not a lot of preparation went into the pair’s successful first run back.

“I swear to you, I have seriously exercised this horse, put him on the walker, and he has not seen the barrels since he’s been [with me] in Montana. I take him to the jackpot and he wins!” O’Quinn exclaimed.

O’Quinn says that the point-and-kick gelding overflows with personality at home, often entertaining himself by throwing his hay bag around in his stall or hopping up and down if he thinks he isn’t getting enough attention.

“He’s funny. He has a great sense of humor. He’s full of personality. I can’t put him with another horse or they’ll party all night long,” O’Quinn said with a laugh.

As for what’s next for Chaos, O’Quinn simply hopes to find the 17-year-old gelding a home where his new owners will enjoy him just as much as she has.

“I’m not saying I won’t buy him back. I don’t even know,” she said. “You put him in the right places and he’s going to win you money. Honestly, you look at the barrel, try to run as fast as you can, try to run it over, and he’s just going to smoke around it and go to the next one. You put him in the right place, he’s going to win big money. He’s just that kind of horse. You put him in a situation that’s just not great, the ground is not great, he just gets it done.”

OPEN DIVISIONAL WINNERS

  • 1D – Sabra O’Quinn on Alive With Chaos, 15.86 $562
  • 2D – Tie – Sabra O’Quinn on Fame From Ransom and Abby Knight on Paydays Instant Cash, 16.383, $375
  • 3D – Barbara Cook on HW Red E Cash, 16.861, $281
  • 4D – Cierra Farrill on Docs Smokin Quickdash, 17.968, $140

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