When did you start running barrel horses?
I actually haven’t ridden barrel horses that long. I traded four minis for my first barrel horse in 1998. His name was Nonstop Moon and he taught me a lot about barrel racing.
Who taught you to ride?
My childhood neighbor taught me how to ride.
Why barrel racing, instead of anything else?
I like the fact that your against the clock and it isn’t based on how much you spent for your outfit and tack. It’s your horse, you, and that clock! I love speed too!
What has been your biggest accomplishment to date on the back of a horse?
A good showing last year at Nationals! Actually every clean run I feel is an accomplishment.
Do you hold any arena records?
At a local arena in my home town.
What horse have you had the most success on?
There’s actually two that I have done well on, my gelding Mr. Castenada and my daughter’s gelding, Cody.
What is the biggest check you’ve ever taken home in a single weekend?
What does your family think of your barrel racing life?
They support me, they know it’s what I love to do, and my daughter hauls with me!
How long have you been the PA IBRA State Director?
What are your responsibilities?
Promoting IBRA, getting shows approved, answering questions that members have and giving them support, making sure rules are followed, keeping the PA IBRA website updated, awards and planning a banquet, and numerous other things.
Why did you decide to get involved with the IBRA?
It’s a super organization with good values. The members are terrific and make you feel like your family. I have made so many great friends being a part of this organization.
What do you like about the IBRA as opposed to other organizations?
On the most part everyone is there to have a good time and everyone is like family.
How much longer do you plan to work with the IBRA?
As long as I can!
What are the perks of the job?