Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Valerie Vansickle-Watson

We are so lucky to draw in so many top horses and riders for this race, and Valerie Vansickle-Watson and Seis So Sweet are NO exception, that’s for sure. Seis So Sweet was the standout futurity mare that earned the Congress Sweeps title in a run off, on top of MANY other big wins. We couldn’t be happier to have this combo in the race, and we’re so lucky that Legend Valley Stables jumped in as a saddle sponsor for The Best of the Best in Ohio Slot Race! Wait til you see these Cactus Saddles, phew are they EVER gorgeous.

Tell us about the horse you’re riding.

SEIS SO SWEET aka Sixey Baby, 5-year-old buckskin mare by Tres Seis out of a Takin On The Cash mare. I haven’t had many outs on her. Lance Graves futuritied her last year, winning over $100K including Fort Smith, Hawki, West Virginia, Junior and Sweepstakes barrels at the Congress, and Reserve World Champion at AQHA World Show. I have had many shoulda been runs this year including second fastest time in the consolation round at Ft. Smith.

What’s your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

I would like to win the Congress someday.

What saddle do you ride?

I ride in a Billy Cook.

What bit is in your horse’s mouth?

Six runs in an o-ring.

What supplements do you feed?

Extruded soybean meal and Big Dee’s K&C powder.

What won’t you leave home for a barrel race without?

I always use the same reins on a horse, each horse has their own set of reins.

To whom do you owe most of your success?

My parents. They are always there for me no matter what they’ve always supported me and helped me through everything!

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse.

Six is a very appreciative mare she likes good luck kisses on the nose!

What charity is closest to your heart?

Breast cancer awareness


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