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Behind the Scenes with McKenzie Morgan: The Rodeo Kid

By McKenzie Morgan, originally published in the June 2018 issue of Barrel Horse News I’m going to start off talking about what life is like living on the road and trying to balance school along with barrel racing. Anyone who barrel races knows the time and effort it takes to try and make something of…

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Behind the Scenes with McKenzie Morgan: The Calm Before the Storm

By McKenzie Morgan, originally published in the July 2018 issue of Barrel Horse News As the old saying “the calm before the storm” goes, as a fellow barrel racer I know how it feels to be next in the drag. You have all these nerves built up, your heart starts beating really fast and you…

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Behind the Scenes with McKenzie Morgan: The Practice Pen is Your Best Friend

By McKenzie Morgan, originally published in the August 2018 issue of Barrel Horse News In my July 2018 article, we talked about the calm before the storm and tips to keep your horse quiet in the holding pen before a run. I want to discuss how to use practice sessions at home. Have you ever…

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From Obsession to Profession

By Bonnie Wheatley – Barrel Horse News For many individuals, charting their career path means climbing the corporate ladder rung by rung to achieve success. But for barrel racer Lisa Nicholas, it was a fast track out of her executive office space and into the wide world of performance horses that led to the sort…

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The Greater the Challenge, the Greater the Reward

Trying to figure out a tough horse can discourage even the most confident riders. However, the final product is worth the challenge. By McKenzie Morgan, age 16, originally published in the September 2018 issue of Barrel Horse News In my August 2018 article, we talked about horses that are very challenging. My best horse, H2,…

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Wanda’s Little Fireball

National Barrel Horse Association member Wanda Kirby has been blessed with consistency in her horse Docs Country Nick. The dynamic duo won the NBHA Open 4D world championship in 2012 and the senior 3D world title in 2016. Kirby says her gelding “Fireball” has qualified for the NBHA World Championships every year since he was…

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NBHA Announces 2019 Tour Schedule

Mark your calendars—National Barrel Horse Association Super Show dates have been released for the 2019 season, with new events added in Texas, Washington and Louisiana. The NBHA continues to offer lucrative opportunities for barrel racers in every region of the country with several additions to the tour. New to the schedule in 2019 are the…

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Enjoying the Ride

While many are guilty of letting the stress of competition take the fun out of barrel racing, past senior 4D world champion Debra Pelletier simply enjoys the ride just as much as her horse MC Frenchmans Flame enjoys running barrels. “He loves to run barrels,” Pelletier said. “I’ve had him since he was 3 years…

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Cultivating Camaraderie

As all barrel racers know, friends in the horse community are never too far away to lend a helping hand. Barry Capps can surely attest to that. He has been involved with the National Barrel Horse Association since its early years, siting camaraderie as his favorite aspect. “The camaraderie is wonderful at the championships, but…

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You Get Out What You Put In

McKenzie Morgan describes her routine at home and on the road to keep her horses performing at the top of their game. By McKenzie Morgan, age 16, originally published in the October 2018 issue of Barrel Horse News In my previous columns, I’ve written about hardheaded horses and spending lots of time in the practice…

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From Bottle Baby to Barrel Racing Star

The story behind Rylee Elliott’s NBHA Open 1D World Champion horse Super De Shine Winning an open world title on a 4-year-old is a feat all its own, but the 2017 National Barrel Horse Association World Championships hold a special place in Rylee Elliott’s heart. She raised her horse Super De Shine since the mare…

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Do It For Dad

Heidi Jo Dawson’s father unexpectedly passed away the day before she ran in the finals at the 2017 NBHA Open World Championships. She dedicated her run to his memory and came home with a world title. Hardly anything about the 2017 National Barrel Horse Association World Championship Show went as planned for Heidi Jo Dawson.…

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Praise Be

Anita and Dwayne Randle’s budding Praise Performance Horses in Temple, Georgia, is gaining traction in the barrel racing industry thanks to the beautiful gray mare Eyesa Topaz. The Gift of Topaz Anita and “Topaz” won back-to-back National Barrel Horse Association Senior 1D World Championships in 2017 and 2018, in addition to multiple open 1D titles…

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Age is Only a Number

Bonnie Kyser hasn’t been riding as long as some, but she’s made the most of every moment in the saddle. Bonnie, or ‘Nana’ as she’s known to her grandchildren, got on a horse for the first time in 2010 and has fallen in love with barrel racing. Bonnie is also no stranger to National Barrel…

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Confidence is Key

Boosting confidence in yourself and others is a big factor to doing your best in the arena. By McKenzie Morgan, age 16, originally published in the November 2018 issue of Barrel Horse News In my previous columns, I’ve written about hardheaded horses, the practice pen, dreams, self-confidence and being the “rodeo kid.” This month, I…

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Danyelle Campbell’s Circular Tire Drill

One of Danyelle Campbell’s favorite barrel racing drills is her circular tire drill. She uses it to reinforce her horses’ body positioning, take away anticipation and help you ride more correctly. Using tires instead of barrels helps a colt learn footwork and how to turn correctly and keeps a finished horse from sucking toward the…

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Kendra Dickson’s 5 Reasons to Shorten Your Stirrups

Professional barrel racer and clinician Kendra Dickson has a saying—you have to keep your feet to keep your seat. Many barrel racers ride with their stirrups too long, causing problems during a run such as leaning and rocking, balancing on your hands, getting unseated in a turn, toes down and legs back, and not using…

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Horse Care and Nutrition with Brandon Cullins

Brandon Cullins knows what it takes to win at the highest levels of competition. The Clements, Maryland, trainer has won multiple National Barrel Horse Association open 1D titles, qualified two years in a row to the final four Shootout Round at RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo, swept the 2017 BFA World Championship Futurity, Derby and Juvenile…

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Transitioning from Divisional Barrel Racing to Rodeo with Nicole Love

National Barrel Horse Association competitor and multiple open 1D champion Nicole Love offers her advice for divisional barrel racers curious about entering rodeos. Love’s current main mount is JL Josie Bar, a 2012 bay mare by JL Dash Ta Heaven and out of Bucks Josie Bar by Mr Docs Dakota. The 7-year-old mare enjoyed a…

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Everything You Need to Know to Qualify for the Next WCRA Semifinals

Have you nominated to earn points to advance to the WCRA Rodeo $500,000 Semifinals Rodeo? Barrel racer Cheyenne Wimberley earned a $50,000 paycheck for winning the WCRA Rodeo Windy City Roundup on January 11. She earned that spot in Chicago by winning the first WCRA Semifinals in Guthrie, Oklahoma, in November 2018. Barrel racers made…

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Body Position Around the Barrel

Trainer PJ Burger offers insight on how to position your body and your horse’s body around the turn. Coming into the Barrel I like to be about an arm’s length from the barrel coming in. Start out wide and come in tight. I want the barrel right behind the calf of my leg. The faster…

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How Do WCRA Consolation Points Work?

Since the National Barrel Horse Association is an official partner of the World Champions Rodeo Alliance, you can still earn points even if you don’t place in the NBHA event you nominated. Here’s the points breakdown by division. World Champions Rodeo Alliance has created alliance partnerships with rodeo groups, committees, promoters, and single-discipline organizations, such…

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If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Setting big goals means you might not achieve them on your first try, but it’s important to keep pushing out of your comfort zone and go for it again. By McKenzie Morgan, age 16, originally published in the December 2018 issue of Barrel Horse News Throughout my columns this year, I’ve written about traveling up…

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Every Dollar Counts

Learn how to ensure your horse’s lifetime earnings are recorded accurately by Equi-Stat with these quick tips for entering barrel races. Enter your horse’s name exactly as it appears on registration papers. Be sure you’re including any initials and spacing correctly. For example, JL Dash Ta Heaven should always be entered with “JL,” Sadiefamouslastwords needs…

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Member Profile: Kyle Noon

Get to know longtime National Barrel Horse Association competitor and futurity champion Kyle Noon. Kyle Noon has been barrel racing more than 14 years and got his start in the sport thanks to multiple NBHA 1D champion Carl Wise. Noon now rides for Johnny Kight and has jockeyed several great horses in his young career,…

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Get to Know a Champion—Credit Ta Fame

Interview by Blanche Schaefer The Horse at Home “When you’re riding him at home, he’s very calm, chill and laid back most of the time. He’s lazy when you’re exercising him—you better put your spurs on or you’re going to get a leg workout. He’s really a kind, kind horse. That’s 99 percent of the…

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Baby Basics

Leading futurity trainer Jolene Montgomery explains the skills she expects her young horses to have before she starts training the barrel pattern. Watch Jolene demonstrate these skills in motion in this video. 1. Forward Motion “The No. 1 thing people forget about is forward motion. In everything you do, it’s forward motion. I hear a…

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Down the Fence

Fence work helps professional barrel horse trainer Lacey Harmon quicken a horse’s feet and response time. Trainer’s Tip: “They don’t have to turn back on the fence really hard, but I want them to rate at the fence. When they do turn back, I want them to leave hard. It’s more of a quickness-on-the-backside type…

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Moving Past Alley Issues

If you run barrels, you’ve probably dealt with alley issues at some point. Whether periodic or chronic, try these tips from trainer Kelsey Lutjen to help you and your horse overcome alleyway angst. Check for Soundness Issues “If I get a horse in that has alley issues, the first thing I will do is take…

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Turning Setbacks into Blessings

The ability to create new goals out of setbacks and keeping a small circle of your strongest supporters is important for success inside the arena and happiness outside the arena. By McKenzie Morgan, age 16, originally published in the January 2019 issue of Barrel Horse News If There’s a Will, There’s a Way In my…

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A Bit on Bits with Michele McLeod

The combined knowledge of master bit and spur maker Greg Darnall and multiple National Finals Rodeo qualifier and futurity champion Michele McLeod is immense—so much so that the two teamed up to design a line of bits specifically designed to address many of the common issues riders face with barrel horses. Drawing on McLeod’s years…

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Claiming His Fame

Past NBHA Youth World Champion Michael Duffie and Reclaim Fame added another big achievement to their record this year with a qualification to RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo. At only 16 years old, Michael Duffie has already amassed more than $160,000 in Equi-Stat reported earnings. His relatively short career is studded with major wins, including the…

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Getting Back on the Horse

Multiple open 1D champion Leslie Willis shares some advice for how to come back from a serious fall. In March 2018, multiple futurity and open champion Leslie Willis suffered one of the worst riding wrecks she’s ever experienced. “I had [5-year-old Silver Seis] fall on me about 11 horses before I ran [The Country Corona],”…

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Buying a Finished Horse

Professional barrel horse trainer Kenna Squires offers insight on shopping for your next barrel horse.

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NBHA and Troxel Helmets Partner to Promote Rider Safety at the NBHA Youth World Championships

The National Barrel Horse Association and Troxel Helmets have partnered to create the very first Helmet Side Pot at the 2019 NBHA Youth World Championships from July 21–27 in Perry, Georgia. The $500 added money side-pot is open to all competitors at the Youth World Championships who are wearing any brand of helmet. Competitors can…

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The Best Way to Begin Barrel Racing

The National Barrel Horse Association and Barrel Horse News presents a basic resource guide to help you dive into the sport of barrel racing.

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Equine Herpes Virus – Type 1 (EHV-1) – Nevada Update & Biosecurity Tips

Please note the NBHA Professional’s Choice Super Show scheduled for May 31 to June 2 at the South Point Equestrian Center has NOT been cancelled. To Members of the National Barrel Horse Association: With several cases of Equine Herpes Virus – Type 1 (EHV-1) confirmed in Nevada, my current recommendation is to stop movement of…

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Did You Make the Charts? 2018 Regional 4D-6D Statistics

Every year, Barrel Horse News in partnership with Equi-Stat spotlights the top divisional horses and riders from geographical regions around the United States. Be sure to get a copy of the May 2019 issue of BHN to see the top 1D-3D teams of 2018, and check out the top five highest earners in the 4D-6D…

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CBD—What Is It and How Does It Work?

With the spike in popularity of CBD products for both horses and humans, many people are still wondering what exactly CBD is and how it works for such a variety of problems. Taylor Reazin, national account manager for Plantaceacbd/Kahm CBD and avid barrel racer, kindly took some time to answer the most common questions she…

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NBHA Returns to Texas to Kick Off the 2019 Abilene Super Show

The National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) is excited to host the 2019 Abilene Super Show on June 28-30 at the Expo Center of Taylor County in Abilene, Texas. Open, youth and senior races are scheduled to run as part of the event, which are predicted to draw avid barrel races from across the great state…

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