Dena Kirkpatrick builds softness, footwork and correct body position in her horses through a pole exercise.
Take a look at EquiStat’s highest-earning Barrel Futurities of America World Championships riders, horses, owners, breeders, sires and dams through the 2021 show.
That intangible “it” factor that separates the great from the good. “What is the will to win? What separates good from greatness? Everyone seeks it, yet so few…
In the first entry of this four-part series that takes an in-depth look at the futurity industry, champion futurity trainers assess the truth of statements often directed at the industry.
Dena Kirkpatrick believes in keeping her training methods simple and she employs the same philosophy when selecting the bits best suited to different stages of barrel horse training.
Rating is a key component in barrel racing. Your horse’s ability to turn a barrel and perform is directly related to his ability to rate, something that can make or break your winning run. Renowned barrel horse trainer and competitor Dena Kirkpatrick has a few tips for overcoming the everyday problems riders face when correcting the lack of rate in their barrel horse.