Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Macie Davidson

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Macie Davidson is one of the few in the race to be running two horses, and certainly the only youth to have the honor. And, (correct me if I’m wrong) Macie is the only rider bringing a pony into the snakepit that is The Best of the Best in Ohio Slot Race! But it’s not just any pony, it’s the famous Gypsy Pony! Hear about the TOUGH horses this pint-sized jockey will be pushing through the pattern. NOTE: Even if you don’t know the draw, you will know when Macie and Natalie Davidson in the pen… because their fan base hustles them as hard as they hustle their horses!

 Tell us about the horses you’re riding. 

Three Bar Meyers is a 15-year-old gelding, an own son of War Bar Meyers and Gypsy Rose is a 12-year-old appy mare.

What are your horses’ biggest wins this year and of all time?

Did we mention y’all are running for Macie Bean boots, too?

Gypsy’s biggest win was the OH IBRA Youth Saddle and Tuff hasn’t been hauled a lot this year but hoping it is the youth at Congress.

What is your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

My ultimate goal is barrel racing is to place in the Sweepstakes.

What saddle do you ride?

I ride both my horses in Billy Cooks, I LOVE THEM.

What bits are in your horses’ mouths?

I run Tuff in loomis and Gypsy runs in a smooth mouth piece sliding gag with some nice electrical tape(Pudge Schneider can make it work)!

What supplements do you feed?

I feed both of them Hylamotion.

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

I won’t leave home for a barrel race without my dog Dickey

To whom do you owe most of your success?

I owe most of success to my Mom and Dad for the purchase of my horses, the Schneider Family for all their help, my big sister Natalie for always giving me pointers, and the rest of my siblings for always cheering me on.

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horses. 

One fun fact about Tuff is he loves to eat granola bars and for Gypsy, I would have to say she has no idea she is a PONY.

What charity is closest to your heart?

The Charity that is closest to my heart is St. Judes

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Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Morgan Henning

Last year, Morgan Henning had some horse health troubles before The Best of the Best in Ohio Slot Race, and didn’t finish how she’d hoped. This year, however, she’s back and better than ever aboard her new horse, Heros Dashin Lady. 

Tell us about the horse you’re riding.

Lady’s sire is Heza Hero and her dam is Smarvelously. She is 5 year old and her registered name is Heros Dashin Lady. I just started running Lady in July so I haven’t really done much on her yet besides qualifying for the Best of The Best.

What is your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

My ultimate goal in barrel racing is I want to win a 1D saddle.

What saddle do you ride?

I ride in a Bob Marshall Saddle.

What bit is in your horse’s mouth?

My bit that I use on Lady is a full cheek snaffle and a tie down.

What supplements do you feed?

We don’t feed Lady supplements. All she gets is alfalfa hay and 14% Patriot.

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

The thing I won’t leave home for a barrel race without my iPad or iPod. I like to listen to music all the way to the show so I don’t over think my runs. It helps me get prepared haha.

To whom do you owe most of your success?

I owe most of my success to Brad Shirey, Cody Bauserman, Penny & Kenny Baker, my Uncle Kevin, and my dad.

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse.

A fun fact about Lady and I is our first run together, we almost fell completely down!

What charity is closest to your heart?

The charity that is closest to my heart is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society because my grandpa had Leukemia.

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Baili Brown

Eeee we are SO close to The Best of the Best in Ohio Charity Slot Race AND September Showdown! Remember, the show starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and it’s WESTERN DRESS CODE : ) This will make your photos look infinitely better and will make us (and Brent Puhl!) very very happy!

I’ll be getting everyone’s interviews up before the race, just hang tight! I’m heading to a photo shoot today (DANG REAL JOBS!) but if you need anything or have any questions, get at Dawn, Clea or I on Facebook!

And now, we’ve got our very own veteran riding in our slot race. Don’t forget to thank Ms. Baili Brown for her service while you’re cheering her and Blue on Saturday! 

Tell us about the horse you’re riding.
The horse Im riding is MJ Sweet Valentine (aka) Blue. She is a 7 year old blue roan. Out of Box Elder Roan and MJ Flips Valentine.

What has been your horse’s biggest win this year and of all time?
This year the biggest win Blue & I have had was winning the NBHA show at Serenity Farms in August out of over 200 head. Blue and I have only been running as a team for 2 years in November so our all time so far winning would be getting Reserve Champion in Amateur Barrels at the Congress 2011.

What’s your ultimate goal in barrel racing?
My ultimate goal in barrel racing is to always improve, stay safe, and have FUN!! Everytime Blue and I run we keep getting better. This mare has a heart bigger then anything I know, and she opens up for me and we have faith together to always do better.

What saddle do you ride?
I ride in a Angel Kisses Ammerman!

What bit is in your horse’s mouth?
Blue runs in a twisted wire combination.

What supplements do you feed?
Fasttrack, Lysine & Ultium

What won’t you leave home for a barrel race without?
I dont leave home without my horse, or tack. Im very forgetful so I have to always make a list and check it double or triple times.

To whom do you owe most of your success?

I owe most of my success to my mom! If it wasnt for her always believing in me and working I wouldnt be where I am today. I also owe great thanks to the late Gerald Piatt, an amazing man, friend, grandpa and horseman. Over the years he taught me almost everything I know now, and I know he is always watching from above when I run cheering us on. The military for shapping me into the person I have become. & Sevi Torturo for raising, training, and eventually letting go and selling me Blue and believing in her!

Tell us one fun fact about your horse.
Blue is a mare through and through. Whenever Im saddeling her she acts like she is going to bite, but instead of trying to bite me (which she never would) she bends down to try and bite my mom who is putting on her boots.

What charity is closest to your heart?

The charity that is closest to my heart is the Wounded Warrior Project!! As I am a Veteran and come from a long line of service family members and friends. Founded in 2003, WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Whitley Murphy

Whitley and Gunner

With some of the best youth in the country consistently coming out of Ohio, of course we’re going to have plenty of top youth riders in The Best of the Best in Ohio Charity Slot Race! And when one good youth sells a horse, another good youth gets her chance to shine. So was the case when Abi Ringer, a Best of the Best competitor last year, looked to sell Rollin Honor, aka Gunner, and Whitley Murphy jumped at the chance to ride him. Today, Murphy tells us about how she’s spent the last year getting with the gelding and all the success they’ve had along the way.  

Tell us about the horse you’re riding.

The horse that I am riding is AQHA Rollin Honor, barn name is Gunner, and he is 13 years old. We just purchased him in January of this year.

What is your biggest win this year?

This year, our biggest wins have been at district NBHA, and IBRA shows. This year has consisted of us just hooking up. We’re currently leading the NBHA 02 Open 1D and Youth 1D.

What’s your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

My ultimate goal this year is to win the All American Quarter Horse Congress on Gunner!

What saddle do you ride?

I ride in a Pro Rider Trophy saddle.

What supplements do you feed?

Gunner gets Oxy-Gen 2x, Gastric Shield,FastTrack.

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

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I will not leave without my saddle, bridle bag, money and obviously my horse!

To whom do you owe most of your barrel racing success?

I owe most of my success to my mommy, without her I wouldn’t be where I am.

Tell us a fun fact about you or your horse.

A fun fact about me and my horse is that we can run the barrel pattern in a halter and bareback!

What charity is closest to your heart?

The charity closest to my heart is the Animal Protective League because animals depend on us to take care of them.

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Haley Patterson

Haley and Val

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?

The biggest win this year would have to be winning the Reserve 2D World Champ at NBHA Youth World and being 12th overall!

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?

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Steinhoff
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!

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Brad Shirey

Brad and Shrek

Brad Shirey is another returning competitor to The Best of the Best in Ohio Charity Slot Race, and this year he’s bringing not one but two top mounts to run for our HUGE prize package, which includes the most beautiful Cactus Champion trophy saddle you have ever seen! 

Tell us about the horses you’re riding.

I’m riding Pretty Boy Bullion aka Shrek. He is a 6-year-old gelding by Bully Bullion and a Dash Ta Fame mare. I am also riding Buncha Firewater, a 7-year-old gelding out of

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Nonstop Firewater. He is owned by Raymond Reynolds.

What have been your horses’ biggest win this year and of all time?

Shrek won Saturday’s Open at the IBRA Match Race in Cloverdale and a nice $1,100 check! Firewater ran a 15.4 at one of our district shows at Henderson’s Arena–it was an amazing run! They have both won numerous races this year and been competitive everywhere we have gone!

What’s your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

I just try to always have my horses ready for the next race and do the best that I can.

What saddle do you ride?

I ride in a ProRider on Firewater and a newer Mike Green saddle on Shrek.

What bit is in your horses’ mouths?

They both run in o-ring snaffles.

What supplements do you feed?

We feed performance one and Jenna cooks them flax seed!

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

I’ll never leave home for a barrel race without my wife…and Surpass!

To whom do you owe most of your success?

I learned a lot when I was younger from Kelly Meeks, Raymond Reynolds, Max McKee, Kelly bowser, and Bobby Stivers.

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horses.

You’ll walk by Shrek’s stall and see me giving him a bear hug, he is like a kid.

What charity is closest to your heart?

Any charity that is helping kids in need.

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Katie McGrain

Katie McGrain has laid down some smokin’ runs at the WB Ranch and was a contender last year for the Best of the Best win. This year she’s back after losing no momentum all year. This duo is HOT to watch, and just may be a good bid in the calcutta! 

Tell us about the horse you’re running.

Maggie is a 9-year-old AQHA mare. She is by Quickstraw and Six Moon magic. Her Registered Name is Quik Six N The Straw.

What’s your biggest win this year and of all time?

Maggie’s biggest win this year I would have to say is the Michigan All district show. I was very proud of her that night after winning the warm up and the Open. Maggie’s biggest win of all time would probably be last year at the WB Ranch when we ran our fastest time there at the NBHA 08 Money Maker.

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What is your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

My ultimate goal in Barrel Racing is to run well at the Congress this year, hopefully make it back to the finals in the sweeps, and to continue to have fun and enjoy the sport.

What saddle do you ride?

I ride in a Circle Y Saddle.

What bit is in your horse’s mouth?

Maggie runs in a twisted wire O ring.

What supplements do you feed?

The supplements I feed are Racing performance and Digestive aid from DAC feeds, and Equine Mega O Mega.

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

When I leave home for a barrel race most important thing I make sure I remember is Maggie’s bridle! If I forget anything else I can usually manage, I am Just happy to remember my saddle Bridle tack feed, horse etc.….

To whom do you owe most of your success?

I owe most of my success to Kelly Bowser and Danielle Harrop For selling me such a great horse, and all the advice they have given me to help me succeed with her. Also my Family, My Dad, My Mom and Frank, Thanks for always supporting me!

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse.

One fun fact about Maggie is that she is really hard to catch, and she loves playing mother to my 2 year old. She is always loving, and makes me smile everyday.

What charity is closest to your heart?

The charity that is closest to my heart is Rhett Syndrome Foundation. A member from my family has Rhett syndrome, and the foundation has given them lots of support throughout the years.