Tana McClelland is riding a horse with little fame in her papers but a big resume of wins. This duo is a slot-race sleeper and a safe bet in the calcutta!
Tell us about your horse.
I own an 11-year-old registered Appendix mare, Ruthies Mattie Jo. She has nothing spectacular on her papers, the Ole Man in her background and the mare’s side is all Thoroughbred.
What has been your biggest win this year and of all time?
I have won a few barrel races this year in NBHA and PennOhio. She consistently tries and will usually run with the top horses. I went to the Youth World when I was 19 and had a rough time in the pen, but still won a division. It was still an accomplishment for me!
What is your ultimate goal in barrel racing?
Like a lot of barrel racers I would like to make the NFR someday.
What saddle do you ride?
A Circle Y
What bit do you use?
A running gag
What supplements do you feed?
I don’t feed any yet.
What won’t you leave home without?
Extra cloths! You never know what you might need to change into!
To whom do you owe most of your success?
My mom. She is my number one fan and comes to every show and supports me always.
Tell us one fun fact about you and your horse.
My horse and I have a love-hate relationship. She knows when I walk into the barn or up to her at the show it’s time to ride, so her nerves go crazy, which make mine go crazy!
What charity is closest to your heart?
I think the best kind of charity is anything to do with cancer, it’s such an aggressive disease.