Look at Haley Patterson’s Facebook page, and you’ll see nearly as many photos of her on dressage horses as you will of her on barrel horses. Whether she’s in the sands of Florida, the clay of Ohio, a barrel racing arena or a dressage test, Haley is a first-class girl with a whole lot of future. We’re excited to have her compete for the second year in a row in The Best of the Best in Ohio Charity Slot Race, and we want you to read up on this little dynamo today!
Tell us about the horse you’re riding.
My horse is Vals Alive (Dashing Val x Grandmas Alive), a 10-year-old gelding. He is truely one of a kind and I love him to the max! He is there for me in the toughest of times and always makes my world so much brighter. I know If I’m ever upset, mad, or anything he will always be there for me! We have had our ups and downs but I wouldn’t trade them for anything.
What has been your horse’s biggest win this year and of all time?
What’s your ultimate goal in barrel racing?
Well going to have to go with a big one and that would be to make it to the NFR!
What saddle do you ride?
What bit is in your horse’s mouth?
Brad Wagner bit
What supplements do you feed?
Whatever my Dad and I agree on!
What won’t you leave home for a barrel race without?
My horse !
To whom do you owe most of your success?
Of course most of my success has come from family and friends who keep me going and believe in me But most of all Brad Wagner! He has taught me so much I can’t even begin to thank him enough! He has got me through some hard times and given me so much knowledge. But most of all he blessed me with the greatest gift Vals Alive! I really don’t know where i would be without him today!
Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse.
Besides the fact that Val can be a bit temperamental and unpredictabl,e he loves to be spoiled and made over. He always catches people off guard with his fart noise he makes with his tounge. He also hates his tail being brushed at a race, he gets very upset over that. All in all he is full of quirks
What charity is closest to your heart?
There are tons of charities that are out there so this year I am going to change it up to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Being a kid is very near to my heart and I have never been one to want to grow up so I think this is an amazing Charity!