BFA Junior Juvenile World Champion Miranda Tyrer and Ta Fame
Miranda Tyrer made her maiden futurity competition one for the record books when she piloted 3-year-old mare Ta Fame to the Barrel Futurities of America Junior Juvenile World Championship at Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, from November 12—19. The pair turned in an average time of 34.170, worth $990.
Tyrer purchased “Faith” from Shelly Shields in September 2021 with a goal of gaining experience training a young prospect. The Krum, Texas, native is graduating high school in December 2022 with plans to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Tyrer says she also hopes to train futurity horses and rodeo professionally in the future, and Faith has been the perfect young horse to learn on.
“She acts much older than she is,” Tyrer explained. “I feel like the bombproof demeanor of my other two horses rubbed off on her — she doesn’t act spooky and is very mentally mature for her age. We have baby bobbles, but she does everything I ask of her.”
Tyrer says she is excited to continue progressing with Faith and looks forward to seeing what the future holds. But most of all, she is filled with gratitude for all those who have afforded her the opportunity to pursue her dreams.
“First and foremost, the glory goes to God,” Tyrer said. “I’m so thankful for my parents — they always invest so much in me. I’m also grateful for Shelly Shields, Tricia Aldridge and Sharin Hall. They have shared so much knowledge with me that has allowed me to be successful.”
BFA Junior Futurity World Champion Julia Leao and RJL Dash N Girl
Julia Leao topped a talented field of Futurity finalists to bring the BFA Junior Futurity Championship home to Gainesville, Texas, aboard RJL Dash N Girl. The pair turned in an average time of 32.024, worth $1,650.
Julia, who has taken a lead role training the 4-year-old daughter of Cantbullythisguy, says RJL Dash N Girl has been uncomplicated to train from the beginning.
“She’s been easy,” Julia shared. “She’s smooth and fast — she was born good.”
While Julia’s performance during the week at the BFA World Championships left little doubt about her horse training talent — she won the 3D during Sunday’s Open race, Rounds One and Two of the Futurity Sale Graduate incentive and the Futurity Sale Graduate average before clinching the BFA Junior Futurity World Championship — Julia says she has implemented some sage advice from her father, professional barrel horse trainer Joao Leao.
“Dad says always be kind to [the horses],” Julia shared. “Never be too strong or pull on them too much – just be kind.”
BFA Junior Derby World Champion Brielle Workman and Kissing Seattle Slew
Brielle Workman brought home the BFA Junior Derby World Championship aboard her homebred mare Kissing Seattle Slew. “Poppy” is out of family-owned mare After School Lou, who was ridden in the hunter jumper arena by Workman’s mom before ultimately being bred to Firewaterontherocks son Rock Solid Kiss.
Poppy was trained and ridden by Emily Efurd before the reins were handed to Workman, who expertly jockeyed the 5-year-old mare to the win with an average time of 31.985, worth $1,650.
For 18-year-old Workman, rounding out her youth career on her homebred mare holds special meaning.
“The day [Poppy] was born, my grandpa woke up from a coma talking about showing his palomino filly,” Workman explained. “He didn’t even know she had been born!”
Her grandfather passed away in 2017 — the same year Poppy was born — but Workman carried the dream forward, ultimately riding the little yellow filly to her first world championship on one of barrel racing’s biggest stages. At times, Workman says the journey has simply been about keeping the faith.
“I guess I always knew [the ability] was in there,” Workman shared. “I just had to wait for the time to be right. She’s a special mare.”
BFA Junior Juvenile Average Top 5
1st—Miranda Tyrer, Ta Fame, (16.942, 17.228) 34.170, $990
2nd—Jada Smith, JT Designed To A Te, (16.641, 18.242) 34.883, $810
3rd—Jaxson Sharp, Tyme To Fly, (17.518, 17.476) 34.994, $600
4th—Abby Clavaeu, May French Flying, (18.234, 17.243) 35.477, $390
5th—Katie Shows, KS Sheza Luna Bug, 21.562, 17.063) 38.625, $210
BFA Junior Futurity Average Top 5
1st—Julia Leao, RJL Dash N Girl, (15.999, 16.025) 32.024, $1,650
2nd—Jennifer Mason, GBA Maximum Savage, (16.106, 16.274) 32.380, $1,350
3rd—Cody Fulk, Shesa Fast Dan, (16.181, 16.286) 32.467, $1,000
4th—Gabrielle Fraser, VF Shake It Foose, (16.459, 17.660) 39.075, $650
5th—Paisley Thompson, Feelin No Pressure, (16.485, 27.021) 43.506, $350
BFA Junior Derby Average Top 5
1st—Brielle Workman, Kissing Seattle Slew, (16.094, 16.653)31.985, $1,650
2nd—Wylie Jo Hodges, DH Shodos Status, (15.973, 16.213) 32.186, $1,350
3rd—Katie Jo Keller, Designer Diva, (16.107, 16.653) 36.694, $1,000
4th—Addie Gregg, Decades Of Honor, (15.863, 21.831) 36.694, $650
5th—Megan Daigle, May Terminator Guy, (16.099, 21.024) 37.123, $350
For complete results, visit bfaworld.com/finals/.
Read our complete coverage of the BFA World Championships in the January 2023 issue of Barrel Horse News.