Best in the Best Ohio Qualifier: Natalie Davidson


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.

Order your Charlie to wear during the September Showdown!

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.

Order your Charlie to wear during the September Showdown!

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.

Cody Powell Takes Home Two Congress Championships

Cody Powell and Mo winning one of their two Congress championships this year.

Cody Powell and Moss Me Moe were perhaps the most dominating force in barrel racing and pole bending at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in 2011. The team took home the titles in the Senior Pole Bending with a smokin’ 20.087 and in the Youth Barrels 14-18 with a 15.108. We grabbed Cody for an interview as soon as he got home from his whirlwind week at the Congress, and he’s here to meet The Barrel Racing Blog’s readers today!  

Tell us about Mo. How is he bred, how old is he, and who started him?

Mo is a 9-year-old gelding. He’s got Easy Jet in him and had a lot of Thoroughbred in him which explains his height. He was started by Dave Eget in partnership with Tom Snyder of Blue Lakes Farm.

How long have you been running Mo?

I’ve been running Mo for 3 years going on 4.

About how long did it take before Mo started clocking like he did at the Congress?

It took me and Mo about 2.5 years to start clocking like we are now.

What would you say Mo’s running style is?

Mo’s running style is he likes to be driven hard to the pockets and runs hard. He’s pretty automatic but if you don’t ride hard, you won’t get a good run out of him. When I run Mo in barrels and poles, I try and give him as much free rein as possible. Hes pretty easy to stay balanced on.

What were your goals going into the Congress, and what do you think of how you ended up?

My goals going into Congress this year were to bring home the win since it was my last year as a youth at Congress. How I ended up was exactly how I wanted to! Two champion runs!

What has been your biggest win before the Congress this year?

The biggest win I had before this year at Congress was getting Reserve Champion in Novice Youth Poles 14-18 last year at Congress.

What bit do you run Mo in? Do you use the same bit for barrels and poles?

When it comes to running Mo, I don’t use a bit. I use a hackamore. He gets ran in it in both barrels and poles.

Do you have an pre-race routines or superstitions?

Before a race I usually practice the pattern a couple times but not that much because he gets too hot headed.

What feed/hay/supplements does Mo eat?

Mo’s feeding is he gets Natures Blend sweet feed with Dumor joint supplement. He also only gets first-cutting hay that we made this year.

Does Mo require any vetting?

When it comes to vetting, Mo only goes to the vet if he gets hurt.

Do you prefer running poles or barrels more? And which does Mo prefer?

When it comes to choosing a favorite between barrels and poles, I can’t. I enjoy them both. Mo on the other hand enjoys poles more I believe but who knows, I’m not a horse whisperer haha.

What does the future hold for your barrel racing and pole bending career?

My future in barrel racing and pole bending is to do well in the years to come. Wouldn’t mind being like the big-dog barrel racers and pole benders like Charlie Peoples, Troy Crumrine, and Jud Little, but I can live without being like them also.

What does the future hold for you and Mo, and will Mo ever be for sale?

The future for me and Mo is more racing and more bonding time as a great team. I doubt I will ever put him up for sale. If anything ever changed, the price tag would have to be able to change my mind into selling him. I like the horse too much to sell him cheap.

What do you do when you’re not barrel racing or pole bending?

When I’m not racing, I’m usually working around the barn or going on trail rides. I also enjoy hanging with friends.

The Best of the Best in Ohio on the News!

Thanks again to our third place finisher Barbara Jimison for being an awesome PR rep and getting the Channel 13 news to the Best of the Best in Ohio last week! Check out the awesome video coverage by clicking right here

And now, here’s the second part of our interview with Anne Johnson! 
What does this win mean for you in your career?

This win gave me more confidence, and I plan on hitting some of the bigger shows next year. I’m even considering getting my WPRA permit and seeing how we can do on that circuit.

We hear you’re running the Sweepstakes at the Congress. What’s your gameplan for that pen?

The great thing about my mare is that surrondings and footing never really seem to bother her. I plan on just riding and working her as usual.

What bit do you run in?

I run and ride her in a hackamore. She is extremely well broke and sensitive so she responses to the slightest of pressure. And I believe in riding a horse in the softest bit possible.

What saddle do you run in?

I run in an NBHA trophy saddle I bought off of Dave Burgess about 7 years ago. I have had a whole bunch of other saddles but that one is my favorite. It’s really well made and fits perfectly. I finally won one of my own this year!

Does Jules need any tuning throughout the week?

No. She knows her job and does it well so the only riding I do during the week is to keep her in shape. We do a lot of trail riding so we don’t get bored.

Has she needed any major vetting?

Last September she got a really bad infection in one of her back legs. It swelled up to twice its normal size, and she wouldn’t stand or eat for days. We thought we were going to lose her. I really thought her racing career was over. I had picked out a stud and was ready to breed her. But my vet had told me not to give up yet. Around March it started to look really good so I started riding her again and took her to her first show at the end of April. We won by 5 tenths of a second! I have worked very close with my vet, Dr. Brandy Snedden of Flying Horse Vet Services, to keep her in tip top shape but other than those few months, she has never taken a lame step. She is one tough mare!

Equine Therapy with Dave Fries

You’ve met Deena Fries on this blog–the woman behind some of the toughest barrel horses this side of the Mississippi. But now you’ll get to meet her secret weapon, who really is getting less secretive by the day. Dave Fries and his equine therapy have helped countless horses, and by reading this you can find out how Dave just might help you. 

Tell us all about your business. 

My business is called Equine Therapy by Dave Fries. My website is and on Facebook at “Equine Therapy by Dave Fries.” I got started almost 10 years ago now on the advice of a friend of ours (Speedy Graham) who actually used to work on our horses. He told me where he went when he started, and I then also went to the different training sources.

  • I currently offer the following services/ therapies to my clients:
  • Massage
  • Range of motion adjustments – and stretching
  • Infrared thermograpy
  • MicroCurrent Therapy
  • Infrared therapy (blanket set and hand held)
  • Infra-sound Massage
  • And a limited amount of In house rehab and therapy – utilizing any of the necessary therapies and following vet instructions and training tune-ups if needed by Deena.

I do it to help the horses – and make them feel the best that they can so that the work that we ask them to do is easier, and hopefully pain free. I have found that working on the horses gives me a great feeling of pride when I know that I have helped, and it was always a great way to ground myself and keep from getting overwhelmed, before I retired from my previous career.

How did you learn this type of horse care?

It all started with reading a lot about different therapies, trying some to see what worked best and then getting as much training as I could for any of the therapies. For the massage I went to Equissage and Mary Schreiber – in Round Hill, Va. She is one of the oldest equine massage schools and she gave me a great base. I attended a class/seminar put on by Dr. Kamen – initially for the animal adjustment techniques, and I have continued to learn and network with other professionals in the field. I went to Kentucky to become trained in the Equine Thermograpy, ( and member of EquineIR) after having become a Certified Infrared Thermographer and am able to take infrared pictures of the horses with a high resolution FLIR camera – which are then used to determine where there are hot and or cold spots (imbalances from side to side) and can also pick up problem spots up to two weeks before the horse is visibly lame. The thermography classes also covered a saddle fit process.

I use and am also completing the process to become certified as an instructor by Matrix Therapy Systems in Portland Oregon in Microcurrent therapy – utilizing the Avazzia Best Vet system. Which is a very portable and designed to give/receive automatic feedback and adjustments as the horse is being treated. MicroCurrent is great at treating tears and sprains – speeding the healing time, increasing cellular development, reducing pain levels and increasing the general well being.
I also have available a Thermotex Blanket and Neck set which provides infrared heat to the horses when they wear it. The Thermotex blanket has been show to help significantly when used pre-race (even helping bleeders), and is also great as therapeutic treatment at any time. I also have and use an infrared /laser.

How are you expanding your services?

I am expanding my services – by learning new techniques and also being more available – it used to be that when I was working full time I had to try and schedule horses either before or after work which limited where and when I could go – and now that I “retired” I am available to travel further and work longer at a location. I am also interested in making the In House therapy a bigger portion – as it is certainly easier to have the horse here – where I/we are able to give extended and more intense therapy to speed the healing times.

What are the benefits to this expanded service?

The benefits of the expanded service – is that I can help more equine athletes hopefully feel better and perform better, by having been able to go for additional training, and learning new therapies that I am able to use to treat the horses.

We know you treat barrel horses, what other types of equine athletes can you treat?

I treat everything from a 28” mini – that drives, Race horses, Jumpers, Dressage horses, and everything else up to a set of pulling draft horses, there really is no equine athlete that won’t benefit from the assorted therapies.

How does your knowledge of the barrel racing industry affect your work?

The years of watching thousands of horses and riders compete has given me a great sense of form and movement and what is the most efficient way for them to move, and what happens when it falls apart and they get injured, so I am a BIG believer in preventative therapy, and stretching to keep the horse’s muscles fluid and flexible.

What are your goals for your business?

Ideally – my business goals (which will probably require me hitting the lottery) would be to have a one stop Equine Therapy Station – where anyone could bring their horse for treatment and we would have all of the best and brightest available to treat what ails them, having all of the specialists (vets, farriers, dentists, therapists, nutritionists, herbalists, and communicators) all available to consult at one place as needed. But more to the immediate side – my goal is to be able to treat and help as many horses as I can get pain free.

Meet Alaina Houpt from Equisport Therapy

The acuscope machine

What’s this Acuscope thing you hear people (often top area barrel racers) talking about? It’s a treatment that is relatively new to our barrel racing world, but not new to the medical community. It’s been FDA-approved since the 1980s, and it’s catching on like wildfire across the horse world. One local woman is leading the charge in the Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia barrel racing communities, and she’s here at The Barrel Racing Blog to tell you all about how this treatment could very well help your horse. 

What IS Acuscope?
The Electro Acuscope Therapy System is an FDA-approved non-invasive microcurrent instrument that has been proven effective in providing pain management, accelerate the healing process of injuries by 50% or more, and also to optimize performance. The Acuscope normalizes the electrical current in the cells. The Acuscope works through the central nervous system.

How was it developed and how long has it been around?
The instrument was invented by Dr. Anthony Nebrinsky whose knowledge also assisted with the invention of the EKG, EMG, and U.S. Missles. In 1976 the first human calibrated Acuscope was born and the FDA approval came in the early 1980’s. The animal calibrated Acuscope came in the late 1980’s.

How does it help horses?
The Acuscope can help with a variety of equine issues. For instance: nerve damage, bone/tendon/ligament issues, pain management, and accelerated healing of injuries. It works amazingly well to help the horse heal itself with navicular syndrome/symptoms, strained/bowed tendons, any inflammation, healing of open wounds (you can see a difference in 24-48 hours), back soreness, arthritis, and laminitis, among many other issues.

What do licensed vets think of Acuscope? Is this something vets are skeptical of?
I have provided a few local vets with live demonstrations. The vets are familiar with microcurrent therapy but they have not seen the Electro Acuscope Therapy System in action. Some vets have welcomed it, while others have not yet opened up to outside therapies yet. Vets who have seen the benefits are Ruth Haislip DVM, Allen Schoen DVM, and Karl Yurko DVM. I am available for demostrations to any equine/small animal clinic.

How long does Acuscope take?
The Acuscope is first done with an initial series of 3 consecutive sessions within a 72-hour window. It is needed because the cells initially hold a charge for 24 hours until they are taught to hold a charge for longer, which results in the 72-hour window. The first of three treatments takes approx. 1 hour and it includes a hands-on evaluation, an Acuscope evaluation, and a treatment. The second and third in the series are all treatments and can range from 1-2 hours. Follow up appointments range from 1- 1.5 hours, depending on the horse.

How many times should you use Acuscope?
You should Acuscope according to your horse’s numbers/readings. The numbers/readings are retrieved by the instrument’s biofeedback system. The readings are the conductivity level in the cells reading the resistance, impedance, and chemistry of the cells. On my instrument you want the numbers to be between 98-118 to be a healthy reading. Low numbers are unhealthy, too high is hyperactive. A good rule of measure for how often to treat is after the initial series, we evaluate, and can treat again as early as a week or move out 3-4 weeks.

How much does a treatment cost?
The initial series cost is $150 (that’s all 3 treatments!) and follow up appointments are $55. Trip fee is modest and based upon location.

Are there any negative side effects of Acuscope?
There are not really any negative side effects with the Acuscope. The Acuscopes goal is to achieve a balanced healthy state. The instruments biofeedback modulation protects the horses cells from overstimulation. Sometimes a healing crisis may occur. That is where the issue gets worse before it gets better. But a healing crisis is something to work towards and treat because the horse’s body is healing itself.

How can someone get in touch with you to find out more?
I can be reached via cell phone: 724-504-2280.
Facebook: Equisport Therapy

“It’s All in the Details” with Barrel Racer Deena Fries

It’s the smallest fragments of time that separate the good from the great in the barrel racing world. Trainer Deena Fries has figured out the secrets to cutting those thousandths of a second off her time to make her one of barrel racing’s greats. We can all learn something from Deena’s attention to detail, and below she’ll go over some of the little things that help make her a top contender in the barrel racing arena and the training pen. Thanks to Deena for being a great sport and answering ALL of my many many questions all week! Next time you see Deena at a show, stop and say hi!  

What vet do you use for your horse?

Currently using Dr. Nicole Drummond, from New Bethlelem PA., as the primary provider. She is very progressive and into learning. She is able to do Accupuncture when needed (trained at the Xi Institute) and isn’t afraid to use or recommend alternative therapies when they would be appropriate.

What veterinary maintenance do you do to keep your horses healthy and sound?

Not much – I will inject when needed but with the therapies my husband does, I don’t need too very often.

What other maintenance do you do to keep your horses running?

I am very lucky here in that my husband is very interested and very good at holistic therapies – he does massage, MicroCurrent, adjustments and now has the ability to do Infrared Thermograpy (infrared pictures that show hot and cold spots) – Equine Therapy by Dave Fries (on facebook)

How many days a week are you on the back of a horse?

Typically 5-7 days a week – I might not ride every horse every day – but it depends on the training needs and goals, and show schedule.

What do you feed your horses?

Whole Oats and Flax

What supplements do you use?

Animal Element and Dynamite products

What splint boots do you prefer to use?

Classic Equine

What is your favorite saddle to ride?

Currently riding in two Roohides – but always looking for the best fit for the horses.

What is your favorite saddle pad?

I’ve been using Saddleright pads for the last 18 years or so – I think they do a great job. Another real nice thing about them is the lifetime guarantee.

What is the one rule you live by in the barrel racing world?

There’s a barrel race next week, forget about what happen this week.

When you’re not barrel racing or riding horses, what are you doing?

Harassing my husband to work on my horses, and searching the internet.