Before she ran the two fastest times in Fort Smith history, Smooth Way Ta Heaven was a spicy filly that two friends believed could make something.
In 1966, Martha and R.E. Josey were newlyweds with a passion for good horses, rodeo and winning. But it wasn’t enough to be a winner.
After winning a $10,000 shopping spree from a local feed store’s YouTube contest, NFR barrel racer Emily Beisel split the money among all contestants.
Luis Hernandez isn’t the man on the winner’s podium, but he’s using his gift to quietly train champion horses that have skyrocketed Mark Singletary’s Tres Mesa Horses and barrel racer Wenda Johnson into the spotlight.
These young barrel horse trainers are proving they’ve got what it takes to train and compete alongside the industry’s top veterans.
Trainer Caroline Boucher was thrust into the spotlight with the 2020 Pink Buckle Futurity Championship, but the Canadian horsewoman has been working tirelessly for decades to build that dream.
Robin Weaver has built a small but successful barrel horse program by selectively pairing the genetics of top stallions with the best mares she can find.
Leslie Kinsel’s ceaseless quest for knowledge and striving for excellence in all facets of life have made an impact far greater than just gold buckles.
2018 WPRA Rookie of the Year Jimmie Smith reflects on her tumultuous first year as a pro rodeo competitor.