Meet the Best of the Best in Ohio: Anne Johnson

This next duo running in The Best of the Best in Ohio Charity Barrel Race is another homemade horse and rider combo. This team, which nearly wasn’t a team at all, will be lighting up the pen Sept. 30. Find out why Anne almost didn’t keep Jules, plus more about their career together right here!

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.)

I will be bringing my 10-year-old mare, Show Me Some Glory (barn name Jules) to compete with me. She is a breeding stock Paint with the names Olympia Joe, Tiny Charger, Mr. Meyers, and Go Man Go gracing her pedigree. She is definitely a free running horse who needs to be driven hard into the pocket and basically runs in 4 wheel drive around the barrel. She is small (only about 14.3hh) but mighty with a heart the size of Texas. This little mare wants to win just as bad as I do. She has been with me since she was 3 years old and I trained her myself. That 3-year-old year was a little rough on both of us and I had put her up for sale 3 different times that year. I’m not sure if she or I was the stubborn one when it came to training but it certainly didn’t seem to be a match made in heaven that first year. But boy am I glad I never sold her cause once we clicked, we clicked. It’s like that mare was made for me to ride and vice versa.

What is the biggest race this horse has won?

This year I won the second go at the NBHA state show with the fastest time posted for the whole weekend and a few years ago I was 4th in the finals at the state show. Those are probally the biggest races.

What is your biggest win as a barrel racer?

Besides this year’s state show, the one of the wins I am most proud of came last year at Ross County Fairgrounds at one of our district shows. I clocked a 15.8 and won the open by over 5 tenths of a second against some really tough horses. That was my biggest win marginally speaking and probobally the best run we’ve ever made.

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 never been to the WB before but have heard great things about it and am really looking foward to running there.

Tell us one little-known fact about you or your horse.

Jules is a wonderful jumper! We took some jumping and dressage lessons in the past and have competed in a few classes. I was never brave enough to go higher than the 3′ jumps but she could definitly do it. She jumps beautifully and really loves to do it. It keeps us both in shape and gives us something else to do.

This race is all about charity – What’s the biggest cause you believe in and why?

There are alot of really great charities out there, it’s so hard to pick just one. I am a huge supporter of the March of Dimes. Being a mother myself obviously I have a huge soft for babies and being a nursing student I know too well the dangers and difficulties a pregnant mother and her child can face. The March of Dimes has done a lot to improve national guidelines of newborn screening and also setting standards for “best practice” of perinatal health globally.


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