The Best Little Panty Raid in Ohio

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It’s been a while, I know I know. Things are nuts, and I know that’s what I always say, but, seeeeeeriously… not kidding.

I just wanted to stop by and remind y’all to catch the Best Little Panty Raid in Ohio that On the Road with Dawn and Clea are producing! It’s going to be TOPS. If you can’t be at the Champions Center to enter up yourself, catch it online here.

Dawn and Clea have put up TONS of cash and prizes, not to mention one BAD-A Cactus Saddle that my lovely friend Cherie designed for us!

This show is to raise money for our September show, and we can’t wait to tell you about all the awesome sponsors who are back on board with us for 2013, and the NEW sponsors who are signing up by the day.

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Things Are Getting Exciting…

…We have just over two months until The Best of the Best in Ohio Charity Slot Race and On the Road with Dawn and Clea September Showdown. And holy cow, we’ve got so much happening.

This week, Charlie 1 Horse Hat Company signed on to be the title sponsor of our Open 4D. We can’t be more thrilled to have such a creative company on board for this race! We can’t tell you all the details yet as to how you can win a Charlie 1 Horse (or Resistol!) hat, but you’ll know soon enough. Everyone will have a shot at these, plus we’ll have some of my personal favorites up for auction!

We also want to welcome on board Head West Outfitters, who you’ve gotten to know over the last two months. This clothing store based in Erie, Penn., has some great ties to the local barrel racing community, so a partnership with The Best of the Best just makes perfect sense!

A division of the company I work for called USRider is also excited to offer donations this year as well. USRider is a horseman’s roadside service provider. It’s like AAA, except built for those of us hauling horses. It’s really, really cool, and you better believe I put my membership to good use. The winner of The Best of the Best in Ohio Slot Race will receive a free membership, and we’ll have one in the silent auction as well. This is definitely something that will keep on giving!

And last but certainly NOT least, we want to say welcome back to Chick’s Saddlery! Last year, they jumped in to help when we needed most and were putting this barrel race together on a shoestring budget and on a tight tight deadline! Last year, they donated silent auction items and the trophy halters our top 5 finishers received, and this year they are on board for more.

If you’re interested in more sponsorship opportunities, please email Chelsea at ChelseaEToy@gmail.com! 

 

On the Road with Dawn and Clea from WB Ranch: Margaritas and Tasers

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Good Morning Chels just a little reminder up top!!  It is a cool crisp morning and beautiful.  You would think it was a September morning instead of June. As I find time to write this I look out and the horses are in the field so I know it was a comfortable night for them as they are not in the barn avoiding the mosquitos.  As I get ready to go to the office I hear one of the dogs bark–at our house that early in the morning can only mean one thing.  There is a horse out or horses out… Clea ask “What is she barking at?” Yep you guessed it Shawn decided she needed to be out of her pasture and in the barn isle way for a morning snack!  And the day begins…

Last weekend took us to WB Ranch in Swanton, Ohio, for the $3000 added open and a whole lotta barrel racing.  It was a great weekend for all.  We had some awesome runs on our ponies, we had a lunch at Barron’s that we will not soon forget and got to see a lot of great friends some old and made some new ones.

Friday we would have the trailer packed and ready to roll out the drive at 8:30 a.m. Oh wait we had both trailers packed, we are trying to make up for our missed shows with all our ailments. It was well worth taking all the ponies. They all ran great and made us proud.  After getting to WB Ranch we unloaded the gang, got all the fans, buckets and whatever else needed hung – hung. We get parked and all situated and decided to get things started with our exhibitions. After that we breakout the ASS KICKIN barrel covers from www.reddogcovers.com – and get the barrels ready for the weekend!  We are getting ready for The Best of the Best at the September Showdown September 21-23, 2012! Go Team Marley!

Becky and Helen – you remember Helen from Circle G! Yep that’s her.

Wanted to go to lunch – it is 3 p.m. so it is now a late lunch.  We all decide to go to Barron’s for a little Mexican and Margarita’s, just a few though as we have to ride in a few hours.  So here we go.  Helen Clea and myself are waiting outside Becky’s trailer waiting for her.  Clea yells “Becky what the heck are you doing?”  Helen says “Beck Let’s go” then picks up her phone to call her just then Crystal walks by and says – “What are you 3 doing?” Clea says, “Waiting on your freakin mother!” Crystal replies “She’s waiting in the truck!”  We all laugh and go get in the truck and head to Barron’s.

While there Helen and I are asking about a Juke Box–Clea is praying there isn’t one and Becky is saying “Dawn, please don’t egg with her.” Just stop girls!  We are all laughing.  Our waiter is impressed, we can tell, for sure.  Helen has dropped the F Bomb about 5 times in the first 10 mins and has everyone chuckling at the restaurant.   Helen and I begin to sing a little song as we are waiting for our order.  Of course we have our margaritas to help us through the wait for the food.   We started talking about Helen’s funeral plans – she wants to have one BEFORE she actually dies.  So every time we see them we ask her the same thing “Helen what about those funeral plans” and Becky says “girls don’t start” so we are sitting at the table laughing and we have then entire place (about 35 people) yelling Hooray when we yell “Hip Hip” – it is entertaining to say the least.  In between all the Hip Hips Clea says to Helen “lets practice the dead part of the funeral” without hesitation – Helen falls to the floor as if she just was shot. The entire place gasps for air.  The 2 men at the bar – Helen was right at their feet- look down and had she stayed thee 30 more seconds they would have started CPR.  Helen jumps up and everyone is cracking up.  The 2 gentlemen behind us are calling their wives to let them know they will be late getting home so they can stay and see what else is happening…. Clea yells out “O-H” and our table says “I-O” the rest yell Blue and Gold.  Clea jumps up and says “I’ll kill ya”  … we finish our margaritas which were very small but man I am here to tell you they were mighty!  And we hit the road..

We head on back to the ranch with the radio up and Helen and I singing as loud as we can while Becky and Clea shake their heads.  Oh how I love a good ol’ country tune.   We are about half way back and Becky puts in her favorite song. It was a little slow and heartfelt – Clea says “What the hell is this” turn that other music back on… We listen to it- I sing of course and then we get back to the tunes.  We have to stop at Sunshine corners for some beer for Josh and Crystal.  We pull in and there are bikes everywhere. Becky and Helen get out and the truck is running… of course you know we are going to move it.  Clea jumps in and puts it in Drive hits the gas and BAMMMM over the curb!  We laugh and wait to see if they will find us.  About 3 mins Becky comes around the corner with a case of beer and laughing… She gets in and says Helen will never find us she has no sense of direction.  I say “she is going to get a ride on one of those hogs”  We wait for about 3 more mins then Becky decides to pull around to get Helen.  We pull up and you guessed Helen is on the back of a trike with a gnarly biker dude.  Pink tank top, 12 pack of Busch, throwing the Hawaiian Shaka sign  they head down the road!  At this point we are laughing so hard we are crying.  They head down the road at a high rate of speed.  Becky driving with Clea and I in the back seat going “ come on Beck – don’t lose them” the rest of Hell’s Angles watch us as we are pulling out of Sunshine corners trying to catch Helen and Easy Rider when all of a sudden BAMMMMMM Becky goes up over the curb and about knocks us out… Now we are rolling…  Oh my gosh we had a great time!

We get back to the Ranch right behind Peter Fonda and Helen she bails off and anyone who is around is laughing their butts off!  Good Times Good Times

So Clea heads for the trailer as the 4 yes 4 little itty bitty margaritas (they were so little who knew) had now kicked in.  I myself am thinking holy shit I gotta ride 4 horses in a couple hours.  Aaaaaaaaaaaa Make that 5 Clea decided that I would be better suited on the ponies with her current state of mind/body!  So I walk around and visit to shake off the Rita’s and start to get the ponies ready.  There are 101 in the class and I am 19th in on KC Jane… I am praying I can stay on- if I make the first barrel I should be good!  Well I made the first second and third barrel and KC Jane ran like Carl Lewis.  Thank you KC Jane for such a great ride.  She would stay at the top of the leader board til the last horse ran… Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!   The other ponies would win the 3rd and 4th Division as well and Chili as 2 out of being in the 2D.  So we decided we would be headed back to Barron’s on Saturday for lunch and to visit our friend Rita!  Just kidding we didn’t but we thought about it.

Saturday would bring a few more riders to the show but not the numbers WB had hoped for.  We think there where a few things’ that contributed to that.  A late showbill, others point shows scheduled and Father’s day!  All in all it was a great show although not as big as we would have liked to see.

The pole class as in deed fun to watch.  Clea would run 2 of the pole horses (she was feeling better) and then one of the barrel horses.  I would run 4 and we would both get in on one horse in the $3000 added class.  The senior and youth were low attendance classes but always a joy to watch.

Saturday night most would pull out to head home for their Father’s Day celebration. We would find ourselves at Becky’s and Helen’s campers enjoying the company of many around – it wasn’t a campfire – but a tiki torch and telling stories and listening to lies.  Calvin Korek would bring his sense of humor to the party- he was however a little preoccupied looking for his bubble gum.  The Strayers were there.  We chit chatted about work a little and Emily would endure John on his quest most of the evening for his taffy he lost.  Boys and their candy!

Chase Marshall would keep Helen entertained while in her beer hat and a few went to another camp sight to play corn hole for a awhile- it must have been a smoking game as they were back in no time.  Kelly Bowser’s Mom and Dad would grace us with their presence- always so nice to see them. Danielle, Lisa and Cheyenne would be getting their game on to run for the Best of the Best.   Barbie Jimison would wear her hat in the Saturday race to make sure she kept all the barrels standing – and it worked she won the Open on Saturday. Congrats Barbie!

Clea would terrorize the entry booth gals with little, let’s call them stories, one was that the tractor was broken, Heather about had a heart attack.  The other was that the gate gal punched someone in the face for lipping off – she had everyone believing that one.  At this point The gals said “You will not get us on anything again”  ummmmmmmm Wrong.  She would get them one last time but calling and pretending to be the police and telling them that they had someone in custody and needed assistance…… She got them again. I am sure it won’t be the last time.

Joe and Heather were rock stars in running the show.  Very smooth and ran on time.  It was by far the best ran show at WB Ranch.  They had the gate area very safe;  Sheri Schnitkey did a great job!  The entry booth was 100% organized (although gullible) and the tractor driver-Well let’s just say Andy YOU ROCKED!  Thanks to all who worked so hard to put on the show.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the State show and hoping we can out do last year.  Dustin Whitesel  – Gentleman start your Tasers!

We will have our 2012 T shirts for sale at State!  We will be seeing Marley there and she will be making her debut as a Pee Wee Rider!   So excited for the weekend!

Everyone has been asking about getting forms for the Best of the Best.  You can get them by going to www.ontheroadwithdawnandclea.com  that is the only thing on there.  Someday maybe it will have more but right now that is it!  J

As I was driving to work this morning thinking about what to put in the WB blog I couldn’t help but keep going back to The Wiley family and their terrible loss this weekend.  Clea and I would ask that you take a minute and send loving, healing thoughts and prayers to The Wiley’s at this time.  Life is so precious and we should all live it to the fullest as we never know when God needs us.

Until next time, remember be kind to one another.

Clea & Dawn

On the Road with Dawn and Clea

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On the Road with Dawn and Clea from Circle G with Pigs and Tequila and Beer Hats

Hello in Colorado! Ms Chels – Well is has been crazy 2 months. We have not been to many barrel races with all that has been going on but the couple we have been to have been great.

In April we attended Darci Kilgore’s NBHA sanctioned show at Circle G. It was to say the least a great weekend. Friday night would bring a nice turn out but not what you would think for $250.00 added. It would however bring out Helen Chambers and Becky Johnston and their talents, not only in the horse arena but in the hat making, beer drinking dinner cooking arena as well. On a face book post Helen AKA Giddy Up stated she was headed to Circle G and Clea commented on her post to put on her beer drinking hat.

So as you can see she did just that.  Both Helen and Becky have been exercising and gearing up to run hard this year and make things happen,  Between the 2 of them they have lost 40 plus pounds!  Way to go ladies.  No we want you to realize that the pounds are not lost because they share their food- as least their chicken- Here’s a little story for you.  Clea and I brought no food – literally.  We were running late – nothing new- and of course we were headed to Circle G so you know as well as we do there is no food there. Earlier in the night we stopped over to visit the two ladies, we get there and they have the crock pot out with a chicken in it.  Now Helen would have you believing that she caught, killed, plucked and cooked the chicken.  It was stamped Giant Eagle Helen we know a rotisserie chicken when we see one.  WE chatted for a bit Helen would drop the F Bomb 10 times in 10 Min and who was parked by them THE PREACHER Eddie Gibson.  I am sure he was on over time for prayers this weekend.

After the classes were over  – it is late Helen and Becky are toasted and we thought well we will head over to their trailer thinking MAYBE JUST MAYBE they would have a little snack a roo.  Let us tell you.  Those two were cleaning up from dinner and the chicken was nowhere to be found.  We hinted “ How was that chicken” Helen said “it was delicious and we are having the rest of it tomorrow for lunch in our salad.” she finishes “ do you want some chips and cheese sauce?”  Of course we did because we were starving… We laughed the whole way back to the trailer and don’t you think for one minute we didn’t tease her the next day about that chicken.   Good times.

Saturday’s show would be a nice turn out. With more districts approved it would bring a slew of people running for the ol’ mighty points.   We would spend most of the day getting ready for the classes with our horses or sitting in the bleaches cheering on the teams running through the timers waiting for a chance to score some points and with a little luck and a fast smooth horse some money.   One team that had an interesting start was Laura Lambert.  As we wait for her to come in the arena we sit at the 1st barrel with our heads turned to the left looking out to the alley way area.  We see Ben doing his best to get Laura’s horse to the shoot to get pointed to the first.  As her horse decides to rare up and spin Ben would find himself struggling to get Laura to a good spot for her run.  Once again he would grab the reins and start toward the shoot and once again no go.  You would see them then you would not – On what would appear to be the final time Ben would start back to the shoot when BAM Ben is down… He lay there for what he said seemed like 20 mins and thought  “I’m done Where is my bike?” He jumps up grabs the horse and away they go this time into the shoot with a right turn Laura makes a hell of a run.  15.9 and the whole place cheers her on.  Great job Ben and Laura!

Lisa Cline and her 2 horses will be ones to watch this year and the coming years.  She has an awesome Jet Of Honor 4 Year old that she has working nicely.  Her little bay open horse is sure to be at the Best of the Best this year with the way that team is working.

We had a nice weekend we actually covered all our cost including fuel and had some money left over.  After my first run – I rode like a fat girl on her first pony ride – I got my sh$% together and came back in the open and ran a 16.0 and was sitting 5th but then Barbie’s 15.5 set me pretty for the 2nd Division.  Clea would draw a check for each run she ran.  Our 4 yr old is making us very happy and is paying for herself so that makes us feel good.  Channing – the idiot that jumped out , yes OUT the trailer window even pulled us a check.  You will not be seeing her at an barrel races any time soon.  IF you do she will be the one tied beside the trailer running beside it as we pull into the show.  One day I will write about that ordeal!  OMG is all we have to say about that.

The 06 riders were there and had a great showing.  Darci would run a great show – smooth and never a hiccup. 07 Riders turned out for their run at the money and points and Darci’s district would stay for the weekend to support the 03 Director.   Although it would have been nice for the weekend to be approved for all districts Darci had good numbers regardless.

We did get to meet Timmy Darci’s friend, who is a crack up.  He could be found behind her the entire weekend.  No matter where Darci was Timmy was sure to follow.  She seems to have no problem introducing him when he peeks out to say hi to everyone.  She is really fond on him, as a matter of fact if you watch Darci and Raymond run the drums Timmy will probably be peeking out on the run home from the 3rd barrel!  If you are every around let Darci know you would love to meet her little friend Timmy!

Gary and Judy Hess would be there for the weekend and have a good weekend with collecting checks though out the show.  Their daughters Kinz and Maddie are future superstars.  They are moving up in the pee wee classes and ready to take on youth.  We would enjoy the time we spent with them and talking about future ventures for the barrel racing world.  We would also enjoy their pet pig “Snowflake”  OMG thank goodness no one was selling them or we would have bought one for sure.  A tea cup pig with the personality better than most,  This picture says it all.  Thank you Hess’s for sharing your time with us this weekend. We really enjoyed ourselves.

The ground seemed a little different this weekend.  Not sure what it was not the norm though.  All in all there were some great runs, some ok ones, some fall down ones (no one was hurt) and some  not so good ones.  That is a full weekend of barrel racing.

 

The following weekend would find us at Gifford Illinois.  The Great Lakes NBHA Supershow.  As we sent in entries for a crew of 20 we were all excited to make the long trip to the covered arena that would proof to be a great place for Ohioan’s to do their thing.  We all looked forward to a trip to the Oasis for some prime rib… Oh it was so good.

 

Friday morning would bring an early ride for some of us and then the rest of the gang was spread out throughout the day and into the evening.  Some would stay for the rest of the show others would make it to the Oasis for supper and a few Snake Nuts!  Oh Snake Nuts they did return. Heath and Sara would have a few – Joel, Barbie and Chase would chase a couple down with Clea and I – Jimmy Bryant tested Joel’s ability to have snake nuts and Jose Cuervo at the same time.  Ummmmmm he did way better than Clea or I would have done.  The next day he would be heard saying “ I was walking back to the trailer and rifted that Tequila” shiver shiver – he then was seen taking a little nap on the couch at Hotel  Bloomer.  Oh Joel how we love you!

Saturday would bring everyone back for a 2nd go. With this being the last chance to get back to the finals we are all ready to ride so we can have that run on Sunday!  Everyone got their runs in and some made it back and some didn’t but we were all pulling for one another for sure.

One of the highlights of the weekend was when Madeline Shirey was getting ready to run Pierre in the youth for the first time.  Cara, Terri, Ellen, Clea and myself went out for Mexican (which was yummy) we made sure we were back to watch Madeline make her run.  I was so nervous waiting for her to come through the gate.   As about 12 of us line the fence  Maddy, in Jenna’s tan shirt with coral flowers, looking so grown up, would come in cool as a cucumber and ride Pierre up the long shoot, with two hands on her reins, making sure her horses eye was sure to see the first barrel she clearly picks out her spot where she wants her horse to be when she flys into the first barrel to make that right turn.  As I watch her do this I turn to Clea and say “she is just like her daddy and Hannah” we both agree.  We were so proud of her.  She had a great run and she was just out of the money!  Great Job Maddy

Sunday would bring the finals!  Oh KC Jane made us proud although we did not get one red cent in the finals nor a saddle L I’m still pouting.  She did get us a check in the 2nd go and we were happy about that.  Ohioans’ would have some great runs and would finish strong!  Barbie Jimison would win the 1D – Brad Shirey would win the 2D on Raymond Reynolds big Red Horse Firewater. Amy McQueen would win the 3D (and my saddle J)  Congrats to all and congrats to all who placed and came to run the cans.

This place is a great place to run, great facility, great ground, the show is always ran like we are all super stars and the next run could put us in the winner’s circle.

 

Until we see you again, be kind to everyone!

 

 

 

On the Road with Dawn and Clea

Clea and Dawn

PS  Thank you all so much for the well wishes for Clea.  She had a long grueling ride home being as ill as she was and riding in the back seat for 7 hours.  I had to put on the Betty Big Rigger hat that trip and get her home.  We thank everyone for the calls, text and post!

 

 

Jackie Harris and Team DO3: Part 3

Here’s the last part of our interview with Jackie, and check out:

Gabby’s Rodeo from Jackie Harris on Vimeo.

Is there anything like Team DO3 in the rodeo/barrel racing world?
I do not believe there is anything like TEAM DO3. Most organizations in the equestrian world are about points. Points in order to be named “champion” at the end of the season and receive awards. That is all fine, however, I do not want that to ever be TEAM DO3. I want the members to want to succeed in order to be able to donate more to the charities. I want them to want to improve so that they can donate more to the charities. There won’t be any champions crowned, as our tally grows as a team! I do not report who adds what amount to our tally, as I want it to be a team effort. It doesn’t matter who adds what amount, what matters is that we are all out here doing our best and adding to that pot to watch it grow!

Who has helped you the most on this mission?
My husband, Sean. He knows full well, of course, how much it has cost me all these years to be a barrel racer. From the horses, to tack, to trucks, trailers, barns, arenas, etc. etc. Then for me to say, I need to do something, I can’t feel helpless any longer when it comes to cancer or heart disease, and wanting to help animals-I’m going to donate all of my winnings-He totally supported that decision. He didn’t tell me I was off my rocker! (Not for this particular circumstance anyway! Not even when I cracked my skull open before the Venango horse show and still insisted on heading down the road because I had the tv interview to help get the word out!) He has always supported me and listens to all my ideas and gives me feedback. He tells me that he feels I am in inspiration to others, which helps me to push forward. That others see that I didn’t just throw my hands up when Sis got hurt, and give it all up-that I thought it through and found a solution. As he tells me that most after losing all that I have, would have quit. To come up with Dreaming of Three after losing my step father and father-to have this huge plan, then for it all to crumble (seemingly with Sis’s injury)-he lets me know how strong I am, which makes me even stronger. He is going to help me with the business side of things, the business plan, expenses, assisting me with the “Rodeo Kids” and making things go smooth, being camera man, road crew, etc. Believe it or not, all of it has actually inspired him to learn to barrel race! He was generous enough when Sis got hurt to sell his trail horse so that I could have the room for a back-up barrel horse. I made sure I found something that he could ride on trails, and found Smoke. Which, he is such a great horse, and so patient with Sean learning the ropes! It is great to watch Sean with that big grin on his face as he finally is learning how to lope circles! He says “I can’t stop smiling when I do that, as it’s so much fun”. So he is finally, after 20 years of marriage, understanding why I’m so addicted to the horses and barrel racing!

What has this whole deal meant for you so far?
Every day as things progress, I think about how I hope my step father, John, and my father are proud of everything I am doing. As I try to make it more successful I think about them. So it is an avenue for me to honor their name-to perhaps mourn a bit throughout it all. I really miss them both and not a day goes by that I don’t have a moment where I think about them both. I wish they could both see all of it! To know that I am doing this for them, for all those names on my saddle crosses, for all of those out there still fighting, for the rodeo kids and their families. It was a way for me not to feel helpless any longer when it comes to cancer or heart disease or animal rescue/cruelty and I hope the Team members feel the same way.

Team DO3 and Jackie Harris: Part 2

Jackie Harris and Team DO3 filmed a segment appearing on centralpatv.com (Central PA Live) today, and here’s part two of our interview!

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced?

With Dreaming of Three, I would have to say it was Sis getting hurt that first run. I was devastated! I cried for about two days, with boohoos of “what am I going to do now” to my husband. I had sponsors. I had three crosses filled with names of loved ones fighting, lost fight or won fight to cancer or heart disease that were needing honored as I entered the arena trying to raise money to fight those diseases. I made a website and blog for the families to follow my season! What were they going to follow now? Me pouting about a horse that couldn’t run? Me hiding my head in shame that I failed? I tossed around for those several days..whose horse could I borrow? Lease? Then that is when I thought, how in the world would I win money on a new horse I’ve never sat on? I’m not that type of rider that can get on anything and make it look good. I have trust issues! Takes me a while to trust a horse to really push it hard and shutting off the clock! (I’ve owned Sis for 9 years! That should tell ya about my trust issues, being she has just hit the first division within the last 2 years!). So that is when I thought to ask a friend to just ride their own horse and ask if they would be willing to donate some of their winnings to cover me while Sis healed. Beth Penland and Jeanie Bowersock didn’t hesitate to say “yes!” when I asked for their help. Then, it snowballed from there when I thought, why not open it up to everybody who wishes to “race for a cure”! Born was TEAM DO3! 

What are some of the benefits for people who join Team DO3?

Well, first and foremost the very cool Team DO3 jersey that comes with joining-free! (which isn’t any surprise is black n gold! Just my way of outfitting everybody in Steeler colors across the U.S…even the Browns fans! I suppose if we grow large enough, each State will have their own Team/State colors.)

At the moment the discounts are on 5 Star pads, Silversport products, Star of The West custom hats, Cowgirlz Flair saddle crosses, David Fries services, Horsehair Bracelets by Candace, Jessica Custom Creations, and of course with Lubrisyn as one of my sponsors a Lubrisyn discount on your first order!! I plan on continuously adding to this list. So the benefits will grow!

Connie Combs will be working with Dreaming of Three as well. So once I iron out all the details with her, there may be some other benefits with her role. Next Spring (have to find a good date) we are planning to put on a clinic with Connie where Team members get first choice of participating. Some of the proceeds from this clinic (to be held in Ohio-hopefully as we grow we will have them in other states as well) will also go to the charities. 

I have discussed with Karrin at Forever Safe Farms about putting on a benefit barrel race next year once we find a good date. Whereas the money raised will be split between Forever Safe and Dreaming of Three “Rodeo Kids” program. I plan on having an added money class that is for Team members only to compete. Again, hopefully as we grow, there will be more of these “member exclusive” barrel races. (and hopefully as we grow-exclusive team pennings, reining, ropings, and the list goes on and on! However, I only have one roper on my Team now-poor Larry needs some manly company! Sean will be joining too soon! Once he gets his first set of barrels ran! (loped or trotted) Still trying to acquire other disciplines). 

Also, in my mind, a very huge benefit is the pride you feel being a part of something that is helping others in need–to help try to find a cure and to conquer cancer, heart disease, animal cruelty. We all know how very fortunate each and every one of us are to have these animals to compete on or to just ride, trucks, trailers, money for entries-so to give back with a little bit of the money you receive when you do well is a very honorable thing and it makes one feel very good receiving those checks at the end of the day. Every member so far, could not wait to get their Team jersey and to wear it as they competed or just a part of their attire to let people know they are a part of it all. The Team members that walked in the Hookstown parade on Memorial Day, I could tell they all felt pride as we waved at the crowd with our Team jerseys on! (we also won Best Equestrian Team!) I feel the benefit of TEAM DO3 to the youth, including my own children who are members, is the lesson that is taught by giving back with your success in life. I, myself, have always admired those people that did so. It gives the youth a good foundation to live their life by with the standards that TEAM DO3 promotes. Everything Dreaming of Three is about helping others. For me, it’s not about profiting myself in any way from Dreaming of Three. All I want is more funds to take families to rodeos that are suffering from cancer or heart disease-to be able to give them more outings, etc. I want them to enjoy a night out without worry watching the best sport in the U.S., rodeo! Then, I want to raise as much money as possible to help all the charities. 

Team DO3 and Jackie Harris: Part 1

Last January, I got to catch up with Jackie Harris and Beth Penland in Denver during the historic National Western Stock Show and Rodeo. Jackie had just kicked off Dreaming of Three, and she was bringing her first “rodeo kid” to the show with her to enjoy the competition, the crowd and all the fun that goes along with your first rodeo. My friends at Cinch Jeans helped us out, and we were able to introduce the little girl to two bareback riders who competed that night, Matt Bright and Richie Champion. 

Little did I know then that this was just the start of what Jackie was setting out to do. She’s now added on members to her Dreaming of Three team, now called Team DO3. Any competitor or non-competitor can join, donating a percentage of their barrel racing winnings to charity each week. Non-competitors can match competitors’ donations. It’s a really cool deal, and it’s so clever, it’s a shame this concept hasn’t been around longer!

So stick around to learn more about Team DO3 and how to get involved today and tomorrow. 

What’s your goal for Team DO3 in 2012?
To build awareness of the Team first. Getting as much press as possible through magazine articles, news coverage, sponsoring benefit rides, trade shows and to try to hit every segment of the equestrian industry. The more equestrians and businesses are aware of TEAM DO3 the more members we’ll acquire, the more sponsors we’ll acquire, and in the end the more money that will be donated to the charities.

What is your goal beyond 2012?
Beyond 2012, I would like to have enough members in each State to have a Team captain for each State. Whereas, they would assist DO3 with news coverage in their state, benefit events, clinics, etc. I would also like to be able to open up the door of the “Rodeo Kids” program to Team members. Therefore, being able to reach more families across the U.S.! I would like to have a brand name of clothing, jewelry, equipment-where part of the proceeds also go to the charities. I know for myself, I have my kids signed up for Upromise to earn cash for college-when I see that UPromise logo on any product-I purchase that particular product over another. I would like that to be the case with DO3 someday! Dreams eh? I have tons for DO3!

So far, how have people in the area responded?
Everybody has responded very positive to the whole idea of taking something we all love to do and using it as a resource to “give back”. I receive a lot of similar comments like ” I just heard about everything you do and I’m so amazed that there are amazing people like you and others in your team” If you read through some of the profiles of Team members, you’ll see that TEAM DO3 has touched their hearts in many ways. Some have lost family members to cancer or heart disease, and riding for those loved ones adds something special to their competing. Some, have rescued animals that they are competing on and are participating in honor of that animal and donating back. All Team members obviously have HUGE hearts! They all stepped up to the plate to initially help me in my crisis when Sis got hurt my very first run of the season after I had done so much work preparing for the very first Dreaming of Three season of “giving back”. I was overwhelmed how many riders stepped up to take my place in donating some of their winnings. Sometimes, when I’d receive a new member, and their story, I’d tear up reading it, as it was so overwhelming the positive response I received.

If it hadn’t been for Sis getting hurt that day, TEAM DO3 would have never been in existence! I guess all things happen for a reason, as TEAM DO3 is more of what I thought about when I started this. I, of course, wished I could get more people to participate and fight along side of me for cancer, heart disease and animal rescues the whole time..but the “how” was my problem. I think somehow, God showed me the “how” with the little bit of a setback with Sis.

My personal sponsors, such as my wonderful boss, Franco Harris and Silversport/Super Donut, People’s Gas, Lubrisyn, Star of the West, KB Custom Kreations, Cowgirlz Flair, 5 Star pads, Penland Farms, my sister and husband, Settle Inn, CA Metal Designs all never hesitated when I asked if they could sponsor me! Some of them came to me just wanting to be a part of this whole journey! Without them, I couldn’t have even begun all of this. Then all of the “Rodeo Kid” sponsors (too many to name)- I couldn’t make the child have such a special night without all of the gifts from them! All of them responded quickly and positively when I asked them to donate an item for the child. The Rodeo Kids program is an avenue for sponsors, people, anybody to reach out personally to a family who is fighting these diseases. To put a face to it and to respond with an “I care”! I feel with the “Rodeo Kids”, all of us pitching in to shower them with gifts, for the rodeo producers and entertainment to pause for a minute to make them feel special with autographs or announcing their attendance, etc., it brings the rodeo community together for a great purpose!