The last issue of the Barrel Racing Report released earlier this week announced the nominees for the top barrel horses of 2009, and The Barrel Racing Blog‘s good friend Tana Poppino found her grey gelding’s name on the list.
Doc Hickorys Cross, Poppino’s eight-year-old grey gelding, won the Better Barrel Races Finals, besting almost 1,500 of the top horses in the country.
“I don’t go to a lot of 4Ds, but I’ve done well at several different producers’ shows,” Poppino said. “It’s just nice that somebody else thinks he’s a nice horse. I’ve been blessed.”
She wasn’t surprised with the nomination, though, as “Goose” has been excelling on the job since Poppino’s two-time NFR qualifying-mount Amigo (Perryman Star) got hurt last year. Goose had big shoes to fill – in 2007, Amigo had won $100,000 claiming the championship at the Calgary Stampede. But since then, Goose has hardly looked back, as he has taken Poppino to the pay window time and time again, and he’s just getting started for 2010. He’ll be sharing time, this year though, with a healthy Amigo.
This year, Poppino’s had some knocks but took home second place money in the first round of the Odessa, Texas, PRCA rodeo. She’s also gotten some national attention when she was featured in More Magazine’s February issue, which details Poppino’s reinvention from marketing executive to pro barrel racer.
To vote for Goose, or any other top horses of 2009, visit The Barrel Racing Report to vote online!