Pete Oen Talks About His Stand-Out Congress

Pete and All Fame No Bull

The classic headline, “Local Boy Makes Good,” would be fitting for this story. Pete Oen is originally from Wapakoneta, Ohio, but has gone on to become one of the most revered trainers and competitors in the barrel racing and futurity world. This year, he came home to Ohio and put on a show at the All American Quarter Hors Congress, taking home the Sweepstakes Finals win and being crowned the Reserve Sweepstakes Champion, aboard the stand-out gelding All Bull No Fame. So, what better place for Pete to talk about this Congress than the only place that covers barrel racing in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia: The Barrel Racing Blog.

We’re thrilled to have Pete here for the first (but not the last) time!

Tell us about the horses you ran at the Congress (names, bloodlines, age, owners, running styles).

Both of the horses I competed on at the All American Quarter Horse Congress are by the great, late Dash Ta Fame. Famous Blue Eyes is out of a daughter of Disco Jerry (TB) and All Fame No Bull is out of a daughter of Bully Bullion. He is a full sibling to Famous Silk Panties, all-time money leading barrel racing horse in the history of the event. They are both 4-year-old futurity horses this year. Famous Blue Eyes is now owned by clients of mine from Quebec, Canada Charles and Catherine Jobin. They purchased her this past spring from me. I own All Fame No Bull myself. Famous Blue Eyes is more of a push style horse and All Fame No Bull is very much a free runner.

What classes did you place in at the Congress this year?

I ran Famous Blue Eyes and All Fame No Bull in the Junior Barrels and the Barrel Racing Sweepstakes. All Fame No Bull was Reserve Champion and Famous Blue Eyes placed 7th in the Junior Barrels. All Fame No Bull fell completely down in the first round of the Barrel Racing Sweepstakes, which was our first run of the week. I was concerned about the rest of our barrel racing competition, but it sure got better. He ended up placing 6th in the second round of the Barrel Sweepstakes, bringing him back to the finals in the 6th fastest position as well after both qualifying rounds. He won the final round posting a 14.890, the fastest run of the week of all classes! Unfortunately we had an exact tie for the average and the Champion of the Sweeps, first time in the history of the event. We didn’t want to run our horses again, considering they are only 4 year olds and that was their 4th run so far that week. We had no say in what was to be done. The AQHA rule is that there is to be a run off in the event of a tie for a championship. There really wasn’t any time to regroup or prepare for the run off. I was to run first. My horse gets a bit on the silly side after a run and it takes him a bit to calm down.

We saw you run in one of the most dramatic finishes in Congress Sweepstakes history. What was going through your head going down the alleyway to make your run in the run off?

As I mentioned there was not much time for this to take place. As I got back on him and headed to the alley I told myself to “make a strong, clean run” and “See what happens?” Unfortunately I got a little bit past the first barrel and tried to make up some time, cutting it a lil close at the second barrel, knocking it down. So, unfortunately the outcome was that we were crowned the Reserve Champs. Still completely something to be proud of, because we ran two clocks that proved to be the Champions.

What is it about your horses’ styles that made them so good for the Congress’ tough arena?

I thought All Fame No Bull had a bit of an advantage over Famous Blue Eyes going into the competition before it even started. He can handle firmer ground than her, and he doesn’t mind running up into a wall, as she tends to like it a bit deeper and the barrels off the walls.

What was your strategy going into the Congress this year?

They only strategy I had going into the congress was to try and prepare my horses to be at their peak performance, and to make sure they were healthy and strong. The Congress is not always the easiest thing to prepare for… The ground can change from day to day or from 50 riders to the next 50 riders.

What was your goal for the 2011 Congress, and did you reach it?

I didn’t really have a goal for the Congress. We always want to win so I guess that was my goal. I really wanted to place in the top proving my horses and not letting them down. And this is a big family- and back-home, old-friends kind of crowd I no longer get to see very much. So I wanted them to see the talent that both of my horses have and see how much I have grown as a trainer and competitor.

What is your goal for All Fame No Bull’s career?

I don’t have any real “goals” for All Fame No Bull. I would love for him to win something big before the year ends. He as been reserve champion on 3 occasions at big competitions. He is a great horse and I think he needs a Championship to his name! Most important of all is for him to continue to be a great barrel horse for many years to come… Bo Hill, good friend of mine has set a goal for me… to win $100,000 this season. Famous Blue Eyes has won $37,000 and All Fame No Bull has won $30,000 so far. I will have to let you know if my horses and I reach it as a team.

Tell us what it’s like going off on your own training venture. What have been the biggest challenges, and what’s been the biggest reward?

I have been a bit on edge and unsure going out on my own this past year. It sure has been an experience. My biggest challenge I thought was getting people to send me horses to train. Fortunately that has not been a problem. Guess someone is looking out for me… Best thing is that I have the two very best horses of my barrel racing career and have won the most money in a single season of my career this year!!! A special thanks goes out to my parents, sister Carey, Kyle Leleux and Bo Hill. I am proud to tell everyone that my horses came from Bo Hill and Jeff Switzer as they raised and started both of them.

What colts do you have coming for 2012 that you’re truly excited about?

I have a couple nice colts for the 2012 season. I have the full sibling to Famous Nadine, his name is Power Fame. He is entered in the $100,000 slot race at the BFA World Championships in December of this year.

What has been the biggest win of your career?

The biggest win of my career is difficult for me to determine. I would have to say it’s placing two horses in the top 10 in the same year at Old Fort Days Futurity. Famous Blue Eyes placed 5th and All Fame No Bull placed 9th. I was the only one who placed two horses in the top 10 this year. But a close second is between this Congress Sweepstakes win or Reserve Champion at the Jud Little BFA futurity. All which I consider where we ran with the “cream of the crop!”

Tell us about the greatest horse you’ve ever run.

The greatest horse I have ever ran is All Fame No Bull. He is truly a gifted athlete and has talent that with all the training in the world, you can’t teach other horses!!! And to top that off he is unbelievably fast!

How did you get into barrel racing, and how did you learn to train?

I started barrel racing when I was 6 years old and it has been an addiction I can not go without. My parents’ best friend was a horse trainer and we used to go ride at their house. Next thing you know we had horses and we were doing what we thought was the right thing. We learned things the hard and easy way over the years of barrel racing. I learned to train a lot by trial and error as a youngster. Then I worked with a couple of the professionals that were older and more advanced than me for several years. Ultimately ending up where I am today, on my own doing what I love most, training barrel horses!!!

What are your ultimate goals in barrel racing?

I have set some really high goals for myself. I may never reach them, but if you are going to set goals, set them high. They are to win an AQHA World Championship, BFA World Championship Futurity, NBHA World Championship, and other high profile events throughout the World. Possibly extending into foreign countries such as Italy, Brazil, and China.


In the Arena with Barrel Racer and Trainer Deena Fries

We’ve gotten to know her barrel racing background and her training philosophies, and today Deena Fries will tell us about her in-the-arena mindset and more. Deena held the infamous arena record at Circle D Saddle Club for more than a decade with Mister Te Dandy, and she’s won more major titles than we can name here. How does she do it? Getting an idea of what she’s thinking during a run might just help unlock part of the secret to her success. 


What size arena do you prefer? (Big, small, medium, etc.)

I don’t have a preference.

What type of ground do you (and your horses) like best?

I don’t have a big preference here as long as the ground will hold the horses turning hard and leaving the barrels.

Which local arena is your favorite to run in and why?

I’d say Simmons Equestrian Center because Rick tries hard to make everything right for us barrel racers.

Talk about the single best run you’ve ever made in your lifetime. Which horse was it on, where was it, etc.?

I guess the NBHA Colonials on Mister Te Dandy. We had won the 1st go with 600+ horses had the only 16.,3 and the second go Will Reyonds come in and ran a 16.3 on Bunny’s Trucker. Danny and I come back and ran a 16.2, which was the fastest time run out of 1200+ runs for the weekend.

What is usually going through your mind in the few minutes before you make a run?

Do my job and have confidence that the horse will do theirs.

What are you thinking as you run to the first barrel?

Stay out of their way and let them work the way I trained them.

What’s usually going through your mind as you run home?

Boy that was a nice run or need to go home and work on whatever didn’t go well

If you could compete in any big show or rodeo, which would you choose and why?

I think most barrel racers would answer the NFR.

Training Tools with Deena Fries

Do you ever wish you could be a fly on the wall of the barrel racing world’s top trainers’ facilities? In this post, you will get to go beyond the barrels with trainer Deena Fries and find out the ins and outs of her training program. We picked her brain so that we all can learn a little from this accomplished trainer. Find out her favorite bits, her best tune-up exercises, and much more, right here. 

At what age do you like to start a horse, and at what age do you like a horse to start on the barrels?

I don’t start one on the pattern before 3.

What is your favorite training tool (snaffle bit, martingale, round pen, etc.)?

I would have to say the round pen I work all my young horses in the round pen

What do you look for in a training prospect, and what style of horse are you most attracted to?

A good mind, athletic ability and most importantly a horse that wants to work for you. I like a more working kind of horse, shorter, and stout made. I don’t get along as well with the taller racier type.

Describe your training style and your horses’ running style. How did you develop that style? 

I guess I developed my style from Mister Te Dandy. It was how he wanted to turn so I got used to that. I like a straighter approach. I want my horse’s shoulder, ribcage and hips straight, not leaning in or out of the barrel until I ask for the turn which is after my leg is past the barrel, then I want the horse to soften and come around my leg using his inside hind leg to leave the barrel hard.

What is your favorite bit for a young horse?

An o-ring

How do you teach your horses to stay calm in the alleyway?

Build confidence. If a horse knows what his job is and isn’t hurting he can stay calm. I try to make the pattern easy for them, by trying to be the same every time I work them on the barrels.

What is your favorite training exercise for a young horse?

Counter bends and moving the hind quarters.

What is your favorite tune-up exercise for an older horse?

Straight lines between the barrels. Put a cone at your turn point at the barrel and lope a straight line to it, then stop, and then roll the horse away from the barrel. This will help keep a horse honest on his approach.

Other than working the barrel pattern, what else do you do with your horses?

I do a lot of just riding around and getting one soft and supple.

Stick around tomorrow as we go in the arena with Deena!

Secrets to Success: Bert Thompson’s Training Philosophies

With a Congress title, multiple top ten finishes and more than a handful of IBRA and NBHA titles, Bert Thompson has to have some secrets to producing top horses, year after year. She said Wednesday she was raised by her parents’ “work-your-way-to-the-top theory”, and in our final day with Bert we’ll learn what exactly that means. 

How early do you like a horse to be started?

I like to get colts broke as 2 year olds. I don’t want a lot of pressure on them; I just want them to have a strong foundation. I generally will begin working a pattern on them around January or February of their 3-year-old year and begin hauling them and exhibitioning them around March or April.

What are some of your favorite training exercises for young horses?

On young horses I tend to do a lot of flexing and counter arcs. I like to work poles to get the colts responding to my hands and feet. It helps to teach them to lift their shoulders and move forward. I also love trail riding young horses or galloping them. It gives them a break and helps with their minds.

What is your favorite bit?

My favorite bit is an o-ring. Depending on the horse I will switch mouthpieces. I also like to ride in a Loomis.

What is your favorite training tool (round pen, martingale, draw reins, etc.)?

My favorite training tool is a German Martingale. It helps you to position and fix things without a stressful fight. It aids in helping the horse learn how his body should be positioned and makes it a natural reaction when you take it off.

What is your favorite saddle?

My favorite saddle is an Ammerman. I also ride in Circle Y’s, and Billy Cooks. It depends on which one fits a particular horse.

What do you feed your horses?

We feed a 14% mixed feed and alfalfa hay.

What vetting do you rely on regularly?

I use Adequan once a month. I like Surpass for joints, DMSO, and E.A.F Gel for legs and muscles.

I want to thank Jim Zeliff of Alleghany Equine, Aaron Stingle of Woodland Run, Karl Yurko of K.E.Y Animal Hospital, Scott Heckert, Farriers Don Beckner and Jeff Sigman. If any physical issues with the horses they aid in getting them back on track!

What supplements do you most believe in?

I feed extra Soy Bean meal for fat content and Healthy Coat.

Do you ever run rodeos? If not, why?

No, I haven’t run rodeos. I’m not opposed to them, I just haven’t tried them yet. I have always preferred open shows and futurities.

What are your riding ethics – where is the line between winning and pushing a horse too far?

Horses are all different.  If they are not ready, I will not push them. They will come together when the time is right. Some of my best horses were late bloomers. As much as I hate it, not all horses want to be barrel horses either, but that doesn’t mean that they will not excel at another discipline.

If you could get training or riding advice from one professional, dead or alive, who would it be?

I would have to say Dena Kirkpatrick. I like her views and philosophies, plus she is a nice lady.

What are your ultimate training/riding goals?

My goal is to be the best rider and trainer that I can be, always keep pushing myself to a higher level. I would love to win the OKC World Futurity someday and to be able to keep doing what I love!!!


Junior Horses to Watch for 2011: Spooky Doo and Natalie Davidson

Reigning Ohio IBRA 1D Champion Natalie Davidson isn’t too busy soaking up her success with Ninnekas Jet, aka Jeter, to look towards her barrel racing future with a young horse. She’ll start 2011 off with her new gelding, Spooky Doo, and she’s got her sights set on a Penn-Ohio Junior Horse Top 5 finish this season. Get to know Natalie’s new mount and watch out for them in 2011.

Spooky Doo, aka Spook

What is your horse’s name, age, and bloodlines?
His registered name is Spooky Doo (thanks to Jeff Michaels!). Its definitely nothing fancy but cute!  I call him Spook for short. He is an own son of Flits Wonder Boy, who goes back to Nonstop Locomotion and Nonstop Jet. On his bottom side he is out of Whirling Gig and goes back to Whirling Fastball. Whirling Gig was a mare that Bert Thompson used to run and later sold to Ron Hasselgesser. Spook was born April 23, 2007 and as of January 1 Spook is considered a 4 year old.

How did you come to own this horse?
I came to own Spook because I was looking for something I think has the potential to be another Jeter! I was in the middle of selling my mare Jersey at the time and Jeff Michaels called me and told me about Spook. So short story, we traded. I got Spook he got Jersey. (BEST trade I ever made.)

Did you do all of his training?
When I got Spook back in August he was started on barrels and hauled slightly, I am in the process of finishing him.

At what age was he started?
Spook was started under saddle when he was almost 3, just doing light work and getting him moving.

How soon after starting him did he start working on the pattern?
Spook turned 3 in April of 2010, and he was then worked on the pattern. Jeff’s belief if he can lope a pattern at home then he is ready to be hauled. Jeff hauled him to Circle G and Simmons a few times to exhibition. He said he got pushed to the back burner a lot though because Bert and he are not big fans of geldings.

What big problems did you face in his training?
Spook picks up on things so quickly and sometimes he tries too hard. I will put a leg on him and he is already trying to figure out what I want. It’s like, “Dude just relax.” The only problem I can say he truly had was picking up the right lead for the first barrel. We got it fixed in no time, he really just wants to please and loves to run!

What is his best attribute?
Hmm where to start!? I just love this horse; he has a personality of a comedian. He is so goofy! The best thing about him though is he wants to work, he wants to perform and definitely wants to show off. Some days he just surprises me…

Which barrel is his best?
I used to think it was his first, but I think I am leaning towards the second. Personally I think it depends on the day! Colts are always changing…

What bit do you run him in?
Spook runs in a twisted o-ring.

What headgear (martingale, tiedown, etc.), if any, do you run him in?
Spook’s style is pretty free. I have tried running him in the martingale to collect him but it just doesn’t work. He wants to stretch out and just run. Loping circles and slow work I will use the martingale and I think it’s a must have. Tie down wise, I’ve never tried it on him and I am going to keep it that way =)

What exercise has helped him most in her training?
I would have to say flexing, trotting and loping big and small circles! Also just working on having control of his body at any speed. Working on moving his shoulders and hips.

How many days a week do you ride him?
Haha to be honest, not much. Maybe three times a week if I am lucky. I’m trying to just let him be and take it easy on him for the winter. Plus, I have been focusing on getting my filly broke… that’s a job in itself, lol.

How many days a week do you work the pattern or school barrels of any sort?
Usually once a week I do slow work and then make a run.

Do you do anything else, other than barrel racing, with him?
We have sortings at the barn, and sometimes just to play around I will sort off of him, my boyfriend Dave has roped the hot heels off of him, and lots of trail rides when it’s nice out.

What are your goals for this year?
My goals for this year are to be in the Top 5 in Penn-Ohio for the Junior Horse, and hopefully qualify him for National Finals for IBRA. I really just want a successful show season with him, I am very excited!

Of the pens you run in Penn-Ohio, which is your best pen with this horse?
I have not hauled him to many beacuse I really haven’t owned him for too long. But I would have to say my home pen Simmons Equestrian Center and Buckhorn Ranch.

What other horses have you had success on?
Since I started barrel racing I have had huge sucess on my main man Ninnekas Jet, or Jeter. Since I got this horse off of Pam Bowersock (owned by Robin Weaver) he has very rarely let me down. In 2009 we were 3rd over all in the 1D  for the Open 4D for Penn-Ohio. In 2010 he won me 3rd again in the 1D and 3rd in the Adult. For IBRA 2010 he qualified me for State Finals winning the 1D saddle for the year and qualified me for National Finals as well. I also had success on my 4-year-old filly Ginas Rocket (Jersey). She was sitting me 2nd in the Junior Horse class for Penn-Ohio until I sold her back in August. She almost hung on to be in the Top Five. She also was qualified for IBRA State Finals. Over the last several year I have had some great experiences and can’t complain.

Junior Horses to Watch for 2011: Smashs Jaded Lady and Kasey MacInnes

Kasey MacInnes and Smashs Jaded Lady had their ups and downs during “Jada’s” 4-year-old year, but when they were hot, they were hot. Trained by the great hand Tausha Schneider, Jada is becoming a consistent force in the Penn-Ohio Junior Horse standings. The mare’s quick, slap-back style and free running nature set her up to be more than just a great junior horse but a future open contender. Watch this video of Kasey and Jada, then learn more about this duo in Kasey’s own words below.

Kasey and Jada wrap a second barrel at Simmons Equestrian Center last summer.


What is your horse’s name, age, and bloodlines?

Her papered name is Smashs Jaded Lady, but it’s Jada for short. She was born May 30, 2006. As of January 1, 2011 she is considered 5 years old. Her daddy is Royal Smash, who is out of Easily Smashed, and her momma is Pines Rosey Diamond.

How did you come to own this horse?

I got out of riding for a couple years, and when I was able to get back into it, I knew the Schneiders were the people to ask if anything was for sale. When I purchased Jada, she was owned by Bill Skipper, but being trained by Tausha Schneider. I tried her out one day at Simmons Equestrian Center and bought her a week later.

Did you do all of her training?

No. Tausha Schneider trained Jada. She had her running about a 16.6 down at Simmons at the age of 3.

At what age was she started?

Jada was started on barrels at the age of 3.

How soon after starting her did she start working on the pattern?

Tausha started working her within days of getting Jada, and started hauling her different places within 2 months of training.

What big problems did you face in her training?

I don’t really have any problems with Jada. I think the biggest thing is her and I clicking and working as one, which hopefully happens this year. Once we are together completely, I think we will be quite the team.

What is her best attribute?

Jada is a sweetheart! She has so much love and she is quick on learning. And I think thats what I love best about her, is she wants to learn and knows what I’m asking for quick.

Which barrel is her best?

That’s a funny question, Haha. Since I’ve owned Jada (July 09) I would have changed the answer to this question three times. Right now, I would have to say her first barrel. Her second and third are nice too, but I need to work with her just a little more.

What bit do you run her in?

At first I ran her in an O ring and then a junior cow horse bit. However, now I am using a loomis gag bit and I LOVE how she is working in it right now.

What headgear (martingale, tiedown, etc.), if any, do you run her in?

I do not use any head gear on Jada. She doesnt need a tiedown and I’ve always thought tiedowns slow horses down because they can’t stretch out completely. Occasionally I will use a martingale on

Kasey and Jada before a show this summer, sporting a Cowboy Couture headstall from Bar N LLC.

Jada during training.

What exercise has helped her most in her training?

This past winter I’ve worked more on getting control of her body. I pretend I have imaginary poles set up in the arena and make her bend each way. I think that’s helped a lot. I also trot circles around each barrel separately to get ahold of her head.

How many days a week do you ride her?

Now that I’m going to start getting her in shape, I will try to ride her everyday, or at least five days of the week. I am boarding at Simmons Equestrian Center, so it’s nice to have an indoor pen to work her in.

How many days a week do you work the pattern or school barrels of any sort?

Probably three times a week. I usually don’t do more than a lope. And there are also days where I do the barrels out of order and just work with her on each one.

Do you do anything else, other than barrel racing, with her?

No. I’ve played around with poles on her, but I’ve never really been interested in them.

What are your goals for this year?

My goal this year is for Jada and I to become a team and become more consistent. I would also really enjoy placing in the Top 5 Junior Horses for the Penn-Ohio Barrel Racing Association.

Of the pens you run in Penn-Ohio, which is your best pen with this horse?

I would have to say Simmons Equestrian Center, but I board there so I consider it my home pen. I also liked how she worked at Armstrongs Saddlery Arena.

What other horses have you had success on?

I rode many different horses growing up. Seipers Creek, Encores Trick, Jets Smash Em Up Doc and Thinman Theodore. Each one of them gave me a different experience and I learned something new from each of them. I was most succesful on Thinman. I purchased him from Troy Crumrine, and him and I became quite the team. In 2004, we were I.B.R.A Ohio State Youth 1-D Champions. I also won the buckle at Tri State Boot and Saddle Club that same year in the youth. In 2006, we discovered Thinman went navicular and he was not able to run anymore. He is now owned by my shoer Ben & Tammy Clark.


Junior Horses to Watch for 2011: For Flits N Giggles and Krystal Dyer

We might have mounds of snow blocking in our horse trailers, but we barrel racers are all looking forward to the day we can roll down the driveway to a barrel race. Those days are just around the corner, and we’re going to give you a preview of some of the junior horses to watch in the Penn-Ohio Barrel Racing Association in 2011. You might have seen some of these horses at a few shows this winter, but most of these young ones will be new to the scene this spring.

First, get to know Krystal Dyer and her 4-year-old mare, For Flits N Giggles.

What are your horse’s name, age, and bloodlines?

For Flits N Giggles, foaled March 27, 2007. Her dad is Flit To Kill, her mom is My Masters Honey out of the late and great PerksMaster, who was out of Dash For Perks! Giggles is her nickname.

For Flits and Giggles living up to her name.

Giggles is in Future Fortune Inc.

How did you come to own her?

I bought this horse as a yearling from Barbara Kelley, of Kelley Quarter Horses in Mississippi. They own Flit To Kill. Giggles stayed in Dallas, Texas, for a year and a half at my parents’ house, John and Cindy Ward.

Did you do all of her training?

John and Cindy started this mare under saddle. She was very high spirited, we will just call it that. John is a cutting trainer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  I brought giggles up here to Ohio last winter and with the help of Mike Hulsinger got her started on the barrels in the spring and summer of 2010.

I started to compete on giggles December 1, 2010, when she was considered a 4 year old to be eligible for futurities.

What headgear (martingale, tiedown, etc.), if any, do you run her in?

I run giggles in an o-ring and a tiedown; she has a lot of run.

Which barrel is her best?

Her best barrel is her first barrel.

What exercise has helped her most in her training?

I do a lot of rollbacks with her to get her to be underneath herself and work off her hindquarters.

How many days a week do you ride her?

Currently I board her at Blue Lakes Farm in Newbury, Ohio, and she is worked 6 days a week, and 2 of those days worked on barrels but not using the pattern.

Of the pens you run in Penn-Ohio, which is your best pen with this horse?

The few pens this mare has been run at since Dec. 1, 2010, are Simmons Equestrian Center, Blue Lakes Farm, and Circle G. She has her best runs at Simmons in Negley, Ohio.  She is usually one second off there, very good for her age and experience level.

What other horses have you had success on?

I have had a few other horses that I did well on Sonny who I won alot in NBHA as a youth on, qualified for NBHA World, Youth World, and went to nationals on as a youth. I had a horse named Maverick who won alot of open races and rodeos down in texas. Monkey, who I have won alot of pole classes on, I have currently have gotten him back to run this year also. Monkey and I got 2nd two times at two bulls and barrels rodeos with a 12.7 both times a few years ago when I owned him previously. I also owned a horse named Dallas who got me qualified last year for the NBHA World Show. I bought him from my sister, Amber Warren. Dallas had won alot for the two of us over his career and is currently living in Dallas, Texas, with our mother and stepdad Cindy and John Ward.  Kitty was another 4-year-old mare I ran all last year, owned by Mike Hulsinger. I went to Murfreesboro, Tenn., with this mare and was one second off in the IBRA futurity with her! I also won the 3rd Division in IBRA PA for the year, and won a saddle with her. I got 3rd in Junior Horse with her this year in Penn Ohio. I also recieved numerous belt buckles, jackets, coolers, and boots over the years of my riding career which started as a youth.

What are your goals for this year?

My current goals for this year with Giggles is to continue her barrel training and let her work the pattern and have fun with her. She is a wonderful, well bred mare that is very willing to run and will for sure be a 1D horse to watch either this summer or next!  Of course we will be competing in all Penn Ohio Jr. Horse pointed shows to potentially be in the Top 5.  She deserves it, this mare is wonderful!!!!


Do you have a horse and rider to nominate as a top Junior Horse to watch for 2011? Email, or comment on this post and let us know!