Article by Abigail Boatwright
A wise competitor is willing to listen to advice. Whether or not you take it is another matter, but having a teachable and open-minded attitude can help you progress both in riding and in life. Here’s some life-changing advice these two barrel racers have received. Read about their mentor relationships in the September issue of Barrel Horse News.
Jennifer (Lee-Sims) told me “Just ride your dang horse!” As simple as that sounds, sometimes that’s exactly what I need to hear when I find myself over analyzing every situation instead of just riding my dang horse.
The best thing Barbara (Merrill) taught me is consistency pays off. “Just go make a GOOD run. The clock will tell the story” was her answer when I asked how she approached a final round or the last run in an average race. It is such a simple statement but very profound to me. I make that my last thought as I ride into any competition.