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: 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 in the Best Ohio Qualifier: Natalie Davidson

Jeter

Like Barbara Jimison, Natalie Davidson isn’t new to The Barrel Racing Blog and isn’t new to The Best of the Best in Ohio Charity Slot Race. This year, she’s qualified two horses for the slot race, and we’re excited to see both Jeter and Willis run Sept. 22. She’s branched out this year to be a top rodeo contender as well as jackpotter, and she’s not even the only Davidson in the race. 

Tell us about the horses you’re riding.

Beduinos Easy Streak(Willis) and Ninnekas Jet (Jeter) . Willis is Beduino on his top side and Streakin SIx on the bottom side. I purchased him a year ago off a friend of ours, it was just kinda of a lucky purchase. Orginally she bought him off of Leslie Willis. Jeter is a son of Ninnekah Bug which is a own son of Bugs alive in 75 and Kitty TE which is a own granddaughter of Azure TE. I have owned Jeter for the past 6 years. Raised and trained by Robin Weaver.

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

I would have to say Jeter’s biggest accomplishment was IBRA OH State Champ, and the 2011 National Finals was a huge accomplishment for us. In every go he placed in the Top 10 and took me back to the short go to place 6th. In the past 2 years we have had out ups and downs trying to keep him going and sound, but he still seems to pull through when I need him the most. He also won and placed at a few IPRA Rodeos for me and I was tickled to death. For Willis I would have to say his biggest wins were winning a few rodeos and placing at others. With it being his and my first year as a team and his first year ever on the rodeo road he has done great. He has helped me make it into the Top 5 current standing of the MSRA.

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What saddle do you ride?

My all time favorite saddle is my Marlene Eddleman which fits both of my horses perfect. Willis gets the joy of having that one on his back, I ride Jeter in a Martin Crown C, which is very comfortable. It’s only fault is its very heavy.

What bit are in your horses’ mouths?

Willis runs in a divided o ring.
Jeter runs is a 3-inch shank Dutton snaffle with a copper wire wrap.

What supplements do you feed?

Purina Race Ready feed, Hylaronex joint supplement, Adequan, and Fastrack.

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

I will not leave home for a barrel race without my horse ; )

To whom do you owe most of your success?

I owe most of my success honestly to Jeter and my family, without the purchase of him I don’t think I would have made it this far.

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse.

I don’t know if this is fun but don’t try hauling Willis anywhere on the trailer besides the end, and when entering the arena prepare to do the tiger hop.

What charity is closest to your heart?

St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

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.

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Janet Kerr

Today kicks off our weeks of interviews with the qualifiers for The Best of the Best in Ohio Slot Race. We’re starting with one of the most consistent horse and rider teams in the state, Janet Kerr and her main man Digger, as well as her young star Jetta! Janet has been a force in Ohio for years with Digger and recently added Jetta to her string, and she qualified on both horses for the slot race.

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She’s running for a Charlie 1 Horse hat, a tricked OuT Cactus Saddle, Chick’s Saddlery gear, lots more goodies, and a WHOLE pile of cash.

Tell us about the horse(s) you’re riding.

Digger – His registered name is FQH Rods Fast Deal, and he’s a 16-year-old gelding. He is a son of Sharp Rodney (A Sharp Leo) and a Deal the Cards mare. I have owned him for the last 8 ½ years and loved every minute of it!! Jetta – Registered name is Nonstop Soldier, she is a 9-year-old black mare. She is an own daughter of Nonstop Firewater and a Nonstop Jet bred mare.

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

Biggest win this year for Digger would have been winning Carrol, Ohio (SEBRA) and Jackson, Ohio rodeos. All time for Digger would not be a “win” but that he is mister consistency, top 5 1D for Ohio IBRA from 2005-2011 with one championship and two reserve championships. Jetta, I have only owned since January, her biggest win this year would be the Hookstown Rodeo but she has also given me several wins at local jackots and I am most proud of her for finishing 6th at the IPRA rodeo in Attica, NY out of 90 some girls!

What’s your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

Ultimate goal, wow that’s hard:) I know everyone wants to make the NFR but I don’t like to drive that much, LOL!! Basically to just have FUN and enjoy the horses and try to do the best I can, would love to try and make a run at maybe the IFR someday if the opportunity ever arises but once again it comes down to I LOVE to barrel race, driving NOT so much!!

What saddle do you ride?

I ride a Double J Pro Racer.

What bit is in your horse’s mouth?

Digger – Runs in a Reinsman O ring and sometimes a twisted wire junior cow horse if the ground is bad or its a huge pen. Jetta – Runs in a ported gag bit that I dug out of a box somewhere, I have no idea what it is but it works!

What supplements do you feed?

Both horses are on Corta Flx and Iron Horse. I also use Jailbreak by Oxy-gen on Jetta before I run.

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

Haha, everyone that hauls with me knows I’m a nervous person so I go through the whole check list before I go down the drive:) My crazy polo wrap collection would be at the top of the list though:)

To whom do you owe most of your success?

I owe a major part of barrel racing success to Tony Miensma, who convinced my parents that I needed to barrel race since I was lapping the pleasure horses, LOL! And then of course my family, my mom and dad hauled me many miles for high school rodeos and everything in between for years when I was younger and basically pushed/supported me to reach my goals!

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse.

Anyone that knows Digger knows that he is corky, has separation-anxiety issues, doesn’t tie to the trailer the best, cinchy, just plum goofy but I love him. Another interesting fact is that he came from Tony Miensma that got me started in barrel racing and Tony also introduced me to my husband Wayne so…makes ya wonder where I would be without Tony looking out for me:) A fun fact about Jetta, she would much rather be on the road than at home, when most horses start getting that look like “when are we going home” she is like “where we going next”, LOL!! I have never seen such a happy horse on the road:)

What charity is closest to your heart?

St. Judes

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!