As we wrap up coverage from two of the largest events in the barrel racing industry, here in the office we are continuing to bring you the most complete information possible as we are completing the February issue of Barrel Horse News and beginning the work for March’s publication. With social media these days I’m sure most of you have already seen tons of highlights from both the NFR and the BFA, however if you want some awesome behind the scenes highlights be sure to pick up a copy of the BHN February issue!

I was fortunate enough to travel back to my home state this year for the BFA, held Dec., 9-14, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Talk about tough competition! Although, there was a great deal of talented athletes, both human and horse, I think my favorite event of the weekend was the youth race.

Often as we grow older life takes hold and our responsibilities can make us take for granted the joys of being a barrel racer. Whether you are a professional or an amateur, I am willing to make the assumption you started your career with just as much determination and passion as these youth riders I watched during the BFA. However, sometimes we lose sight of the passion we once held for the sport. Everyday worries, bills and the busy lives we lead can deflect us from the simple joys in life. There is nothing quite like watching a young kid run down the alley with a look of fierce determination and come back across the timer’s line with a smile on their face to remind you of the reason you started competing in the first place.

With the start of the new year let’s take a lesson from the youngsters, no matter the trials and tribulations you may face throughout 2015, try to focus on the blessings in your life. Let’s try to find that fire for the sport and the never-give-up attitude which comes much easier as a child.


Kailey Sullins is editor of Barrel Horse News, and an avid barrel racer and breakaway roper. Email comments or questions to [email protected]

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