Ashley Hopkinson and Zan are one of the few rodeo teams in this race. They’ve made their mark in the amateur associations as well as in the big barrel races, and we’re excited to see what they can do in The Best of the Best in Ohio Charity Barrel Race! Also, we want to send a major thanks out to some of our sponsors: Chick’s Saddlery, The Classy Cowgirl Couture Tack Store, and G4 Ranch! These are not our only sponsors, just a few we’re mentioning today. We’d love it if you’d send them a BIG thank you for their help with this awesome cause!
Tell us about the horse you’ll be running in The Best of the Best in Ohio Barrel Race. (Name, bloodlines, style, age, owner, any other fun details.)
My horse Zan (Up To Par Joe), is a 12-year-old Quarter Horse out of Mr. Zan Pressto and Show Nifty Reed. I have had him since he was a 3-year-old. Zan was broke out by Rick Cox as a 2-year-old. He definitely has a mare’s personality and picks up on his rider’s mood. His running style is a push style, fast making up his time coming out of the barrels. This year I started to rodeo on Zan, and we have qualified for the Mid States Finals Rodeo in the top 5 as well as currently leading for Rookie of the Year.
What is the biggest race this horse has won?
My biggest win with this horse would be either my run at an NBHA show at WB Ranch this year running a 16.2, or else my run at the IPRA and Mid States Rodeo in Bluffton, Indiana last weekend winning 2nd (my toughest rodeo to place at this year).
What is your biggest win as a barrel racer?
These wins would also be my biggest wins as a barrel racer.
Have you ever run at the WB Ranch before? (If so, what did you think of the facility and the ground, and how did your horses work there?)
I have ran at WB Ranch before (too many times to count). The ground is good. My horse works decent there and has been very consistent this past year. Although, I am not a fan of big pens because of his running style!
Tell us one little-known fact about you or your horse.
One little-known fact about my horse is that he is awesome at pole bending and loves to team pen.
This race is all about charity – What’s the biggest cause you believe in and why?
The biggest cause that I believe in would have to be any type of animal protection or adoption agency. I used to foster dogs for a local agency to get the dogs adopted out to good homes.