Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Tana McClelland

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.

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Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Tausha Schneider

Tausha Schneider is a returning qualifier aboard her top mount, and Macie Davidson is running her Tuff horse that Tausha did so well on years ago. Find out more about Tausha and her War Bar Meyers bred horse today!

What horse are you running?

War Bug Meyers, 10. He goes back to War Bar Meyers and Lady Bug Moon.

What is your biggest win this year and of all time?

My biggest win this year was in between winning the Hoppels Rodeo or winning the barrel race at the Good Evening Ranch in Canvas, WV. Those could be my biggest wins of all time, too.

What is your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

To have fun! Ride to the best of my ability and learn something new about the sport I love.

What saddle do you ride?

I ride in a Molly Powell Flex Tree from Reinsman.

What bit do your ride in?

Ted runs in an o ring combo with a noseband.

What supplements do you feed?

I don’t use any.

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

My horse!

To whom do you owe your success?

My mom, Joanne Schneider.

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse.

The drag before I run, I always clean his feet and pull up my saddle and tighten it. Then the horse before I get on and gumband my feet in. I have my whip in my hand, and as I enter the pen I wake him up and drop it in the alley before we make our run.

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Danette Potter

Danette Potter has made her name as a top hand in Ohio for years, and this year she opted to enter The Best of the Best in Ohio Slot Race to prove it, on not one but two tough young horses.

Tell us about your horses.
I’m running Whiskey River, a 5 year old by Barred From Wagering and out of I Can’t Won’t You. He qualified for The Best of the Best in his second barrel race entered. He is still very green and this will be his seventh run ever. I ride him in a Circle Y Proven, and I ride him in a rope-nose combination bit. He is on Omolene 500 and Succeed.

I’m also running Crown N Sevens, a 4-year-old by Im Packin Sevens. He has only been able to run one futurity and he has a big problem with stalling away from home, so he has limited hauling because of this issue. I ride him in a Circle Y Proven, too, and a chain mouthed combination bit. He’s on Omolene 500, Succeed, and calcium and magnesium.

What won’t you leave home for a barrel race without?
I always have plenty of hay in my trailer, and I always carry my own water.

To whom do you owe most of your barrel racing success?
My dad put me on every barrel horse there was when I was younger. My husband Curt pushed me to keep going when we rodeoed hard. I was ready to come home and he never let me.

Tell us one fun fact about your or your horses.
Whiskey is a huge guy, 16.2 hands, but cows a barrel like a 14 hand horse. He’s fun to ride.

Arrow has to have soothing music played the entire time he’s stalled away from home.

What charity is closest to your heart?
Breast cancer awareness

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Cathy Geary

I love a good home-raised and bred story, and we have one here with Cathy Geary and Broker. Find out which one of Cathy’s talented mounts Broker is out of here!

Tell us about your horse.

I’m riding Perks Broker, a 5-year-old by Flat Busted Broke out of Perks Dashing Jet, a mare I trained and futuritied in 2004. She won over $34,000 that year. He is home bred and raised!!!

What is your horse’s biggest win this year?

Broker won a saddle at the NBHA State Show this year!

What is your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

I want my horses to be good minded, broke broke broke, and love their job.

What saddle do you ride?

Circle Y

What bit is in your horse’s mouth?

The Bozo sidepull, that Kristie Peterson used.

What supplements do you feed?

Staysound, Adequan

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

My Pauley Puller, a sidepull I use to break all my colts.

To whom do you owe your barrel racing success?

My mom-Never Give Up

Tell us a fun fact about you or your horse.

Broker is my 3-year-old grandson’s peewee horse!

What charity is closest to your heart?

The Red Cross

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Morgan Pugh

Sorry y’all, I’m typing this up on my iPad here in Chicago en route to The Best of the Best! So the formatting MIGHT be funky here and there. Mmmmm those bagels in this Starbucks smell good…

Ok focus: we have the last few interviews to get up today. Here is Ms Morgan Pugh’s. She is another of our top youth, and another new combo who made quick work of getting qualified for this race after just getting together this year.

Tell us what horse you’ll be riding.
JG Lena is 8 and was purchased from trainer Marissa Berg from Burleson, Texas. JG Lena has taken me to another level as a competitor. After a few months of “getting to know her”, I have been placing in the 1D consistently. After only a few races, I was able to qualify for the BOTB barrel race coming up. I look forward to participating in the race September 23, 2012 and doing my best. Breeding: Dash for Cash & Doc’s Legend

What is your horses biggest win this year?
Morgan really doesn’t have any big wins. She has placed in the 1D, sometimes 2D, in every show since she started running the horse in April of 2012.

What is your ultimate goal in barrel racing?
Martha Josey Jr. World

What saddle do you ride?
Martha Josey Ultimate Cash Saddle

What bit is in your horse’s mouth?
Gag bit

What supplements do you feed?
Sta-Natural joint supplement

What is one thing you won’t leave home for a barrel race without?
Magnetic hock wraps

To whom do you owe most of your success?
My Mom – she takes me everywhere, gets me the trainers to help me, helps with all the ground work at the shows.

What charity is closest to your heart?
Lymphoma Society

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Macie Davidson

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Macie Davidson is one of the few in the race to be running two horses, and certainly the only youth to have the honor. And, (correct me if I’m wrong) Macie is the only rider bringing a pony into the snakepit that is The Best of the Best in Ohio Slot Race! But it’s not just any pony, it’s the famous Gypsy Pony! Hear about the TOUGH horses this pint-sized jockey will be pushing through the pattern. NOTE: Even if you don’t know the draw, you will know when Macie and Natalie Davidson in the pen… because their fan base hustles them as hard as they hustle their horses!

 Tell us about the horses you’re riding. 

Three Bar Meyers is a 15-year-old gelding, an own son of War Bar Meyers and Gypsy Rose is a 12-year-old appy mare.

What are your horses’ biggest wins this year and of all time?

Did we mention y’all are running for Macie Bean boots, too?

Gypsy’s biggest win was the OH IBRA Youth Saddle and Tuff hasn’t been hauled a lot this year but hoping it is the youth at Congress.

What is your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

My ultimate goal is barrel racing is to place in the Sweepstakes.

What saddle do you ride?

I ride both my horses in Billy Cooks, I LOVE THEM.

What bits are in your horses’ mouths?

I run Tuff in loomis and Gypsy runs in a smooth mouth piece sliding gag with some nice electrical tape(Pudge Schneider can make it work)!

What supplements do you feed?

I feed both of them Hylamotion.

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

I won’t leave home for a barrel race without my dog Dickey

To whom do you owe most of your success?

I owe most of success to my Mom and Dad for the purchase of my horses, the Schneider Family for all their help, my big sister Natalie for always giving me pointers, and the rest of my siblings for always cheering me on.

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horses. 

One fun fact about Tuff is he loves to eat granola bars and for Gypsy, I would have to say she has no idea she is a PONY.

What charity is closest to your heart?

The Charity that is closest to my heart is St. Judes

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Tana Hall

We’ve got some new horse/rider combos in the race that just formed this year, that will be going up against some folks who have been on their horses for years. We’ll see who will prevail in this year’s Best of the Best! 

Tell us about your horse.

Sugar, her registered name is Ox Sonechos Flicka, and she’s a 10-year-old mare. She’s a daughter of Sonechos Bar out of a Sunfrost mare. I purchased her four months ago from Ralph Bicknell.

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

This year she started out consistent, not winning but placing in the top five at the first few shows I hauled her to. Ralph never really hauled to big shows, but I do know she was reserve champion in the senior 1D at the NBHA state show last year and 1D champion in the district. Also got back and placed at the North American Livestock Show.

What is your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

Ultimate goal:  Don’t really have a particular goal set. However, I would like to “make” my own 1D barrel horse and have good success.

What saddle do you ride?

Martin – Sherry Cervi.

What bit is in your horse’s mouth?

Custom made bit from Dutton. It actually belongs to Liz Purvis, it has a 4 1/2-inch mouth with copper through the twist or D L Slip shank.

What supplements do you feed?

Adequan, MSM, Healthy Coat.

What can’t you leave home without?

My little boy Lane, who is ALWAYS with me. (and I wouldn’t have it any other way!)

To whom do you owe your barrel racing success?

Success owed to:   Well I wouldn’t be into barrel racing if it wasn’t for Bobby Hamilton… My dad always hauled me and supported me when I was younger.  And now days its definitely my husband.  Without Steve, I’d be lost!! He does so much for me and keeps me in check and focused.

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse.

Sugar thinks she’s an acrobat, when you turn her out everyday, she runs and twists and flips in ways horses shouldn’t move. I’ve never seen nothing like it. And me,.. I’d have to say people would get a laugh out of knowing that I’m the librarian at Lane’s elementary school.

What charity is closest to your heart?

A.S.P.C.A