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.

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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

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Barbara Jimison

Just jumping onto the barrel racing scene in a big way these past two years, Barbara Jimison has made a name for herself as one of the country’s best up-and-comers. She’s earned titles from Florida to Michigan, and it will only be a matter of time until we begin to see her name popping up in the WPRA standings. (She filled her permit in just two rodeos this spring.)

Barbara Jimison and Miss Secret Memories

Last year, Jimison placed third in The Best of the Best in Ohio Slot Race after her mare C.C. had a major layoff in the month prior to the race. She went on to win the Open the two days following the BOTB, and we’re confident she’ll be a hot item in the Calcutta on Sept. 22. 

Tell us about the horse you’re riding.

She’s a push-style horse. The harder I ride the harder she will run. She is 9 years old. She is out of Leaving Memories and Our Miss Z Whiz who goes back to Zevi. Her registered name is Miss Secret Memories.

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

Her biggest win this year was winning each round at Ohio’s NBHA State Show. And I would say of all time would either be winning the finals at Great Lakes Nationals in Illionis or winning the Shamrock Showdown in Florida.

What’s your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

My ultimate goal in barrel racing is to compete in ProRodeo and someday make it to the NFR.

What saddle do you ride?

Right now I am riding in a saddle my mom bought me when I was 13 years old from Congress. Its so comfortable and broken in that I love it! I cant wait to get my new saddle from Strayer Saddle Company in a few weeks.

What bit is in your horse’s mouth?

I ride her in a short shank twisted snaffle.

What supplements do you feed?

I feed her Fast Track supplements and the Mega Omega Oil.

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

I won’t leave home without my cowboy hat or my dog Milo. They are both a necessity.

To whom do you owe most of your success?

I would have to owe my mom and dad most of my success. If it was not for them I would not of been able to get to where I am today. They have always pushed and encouraged me to reach my goals and have been behind me 100% of the way.

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse.

CC loves to go swimming in the pond, or in her water trough in the pasture. She’ll stick her whole head in there and slash around. She likes to splash me with water at a show when she’s getting a drink then stick her tongue out at me.

What charity is closest to your heart?

Breast Cancer Awareness is the charity and cause that I support the most. Many people I know family and friends have been affected by this cancer. We have started doing the charity walk in downtown Toledo to help raise money and its an awesome feeling.

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Heather Warnimont-Palmer

Heather Warnimont-Palmer is new to the Best of the Best in Ohio Charity Slot Race, and we’re excited to have this dynamite duo that was beat by only Barbara Jimison at the TOUGH NBHA State Show this year. She’ll be at the WB Ranch Sept. 22 to again run with the state’s best for a chance at BIG prizes, thanks to Chick’s Saddlery, Cactus Saddles, and Charlie 1 Horse Hat Co. (And MANY more!) 

Tell us about the horse you’re riding.
Cowboy’s registered name is Little Bit of Cowboy. He’s an 8 year old gelding out of Zions Sun Lady and he’s by TNT Money Bars by On the Money Red. My mom, Nancy Warnimont and I just purchased Cowboy Jan. 27 of this year and our first show was the end of February so we don’t have a lot of history together yet.

What has been your horse’s biggest win this year and of all time?
We were 1D Reserve Champs in the Open Barrels out of 326 at the NBHA State finals at Circle G this year next to Barbara Jimison.

What’s your ultimate goal in barrel racing?
To win the Sweepstakes at Congress ( not this year though because I didn’t sign up soon enough )

What saddle do you ride?
Billy Cook

What bit is in your horse’s mouth?
Charmayne James 3-peice short shank bit

What supplements do you feed?
GUT and MSM

What won’t you leave home for a barrel race without?
Well, I guess I’d have to say my saddle cause that’s about the only thing I actually haven’t forgotten at some point, lol.

To whom do you owe most of your success?
My mom, my husband and our two boys, Carson and Dalton, for putting up with me dragging them to shows, Rick and Lisa Cox (they trained Cowboy and have given me countless pointers) and Frank Vandeneynde for passing up such a great horse so I could buy him!

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse. 
Every time he meets someone new, he has to put his nose right in their face and smell them. My husband smokes, and when he smelled him for the first time, he did a funny thing with his lips, pulling the corners of his mouth clear back as if he had a bit pulling back real hard on his mouth. I guess that means he hates the smell of smoke, lol. He makes the same face when you hose off his neck close to his head.

What charity is closest to your heart?
American Red Cross because I lost my dad in March of 2010 and I can’t tell you how important it is to have this organization.

Congrats to Barbara Jimison and Miss Secret Memories

Barbara Jimison and Miss Secret Memories

The kick-A team of Barbara Jimison and Miss Secret Memories (a.k.a. CC) has been on FIRE lately, and we haven’t gotten to brag on them nearly enough.

This duo made their first run back after a layoff at The Best of the Best in Ohio Slot Race last September to turn in a reserve finish, and then went on to win the Open the next two days of the race. All winter and spring this duo has been HOT HOT HOT wherever they go, and I’m pretty sure I want them to make Colorado their next stop!

Check out the write up on Barrel Horse News’ site!

Cowboy Academy Barrel Racing Camp with Kristie Peterson

If you’re somewhere in the West or up for a trip out this way sometime soon, this might just be the best reason you’ve had yet to do it.

The Cowboy Academy is hosting a clinic with 4-time world champ Kristie Peterson and other top rodeo stars. This timed-event camp offers everything from first-class rodeo instruction to Christian leadership. It’s a great weekend of skill building in tie-down roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing, team roping and goat tying. Check out the website and this flyer for more info!

Win Justin Bent Rail Boots from Langston’s Western Wear

Justin Bent Rail Women's 13" Boots - White/Black

Who doesn’t want a free pair of Justin Bent Rail Boots from Langston’s Western Wear? If you don’t, I’m pretty sure we aren’t friends and you probably aren’t reading this post anyways. So, read on to find out how you can win them : )

A few months ago, Langston’s Western Wear sent me over this pair of Justin Bent Rail Boots to try out. After wearing them through Colorado’s winter and spring mud season, I’ve got to report that these boots held up to everything I threw at them, both in the saddle and in the office. I wear my boots from the office to the barn every day, and I need a pair of kicks that can polish up like new after every ride. These boots still look good as new, but they’ve broken in to be super comfortable riding boots, too.

I even wore them to Frozen Dead Guy Days with a rockin’ Charlie 1 Horse fedora and got tons of compliments on them…even in a not-so-cowboy kinda crowd. (Enjoy the video clip… though it has nothing to do with boots and everything to do with coffin races.)

So anyways, I loved the boots. And so did everyone who saw me in them, because they are just a sharp looking boot that really rides well, something Justin Boots has built a reputation on.

And to keep things rolling right along, you can win a pair of Women’s Justin Bent Rail Boots or Men’s Justin Bent Rail Boots straight from Langston’s Western Wear right here only on The Barrel Racing Blog!

Here’s how you win. In the comment section on this very post you need to tell us the dates for this year’s Best of the Best in Ohio Barrel Race and September Showdown in Swanton, Ohio. After you post the dates, tell us one reason you’re looking forward to making it to that show! (And if you can’t come, you better tell us a darn-good excuse.)

So, you can win a pair of Women’s Justin Bent Rail Boots or Men’s Justin Bent Rail Boots from Langston’s Western Wear simply by following these very simple instructions! We’ll randomly select one winner on Wednesday at 3 p.m. MST, so get to commenting if you want a pair of rockin’ boots!

…But one more thing. Even if you don’t win, we want to hook you up anyways. Head over to Langston’s Western Wear and use coupon code goround to save 15% on any order over $50, just for being a loyal reader of The Barrel Racing Blog. You’ve got to use that by April 11, so get shopping.