The loud, vibrant atmosphere and sometimes less-than-ideal ground conditions of a rodeo can be rattling for a horse accustomed to competing in divisional barrel races, jackpots or aged events. Staley, North Carolina, trainer and multiple Open 1D champion Nicole Love has amassed more than $413,600 in career earnings in divisional races, aged events and rodeos and shares her advice for transitioning your horse into the rodeo world.
Sadye Simpson grew up attending the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, but the 2018 edition was special for the Simpson family. She qualified for the championship finals as one of the top 12 barrel racers, won more than $2,100 prize money and received $5,000 as the winner of the Jerry Ann Taylor Award.
When a shot at a one-day rodeo paying out $2 million knocks, Talmadge Green, Sandy Hook, Miss., answers. For Green, a $2 million earner in barrel racing and a 42-year veteran of the sport, winning The American barrel racing qualifier held in Jackson, Miss., at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center on Nov. 23 put him one step closer to achieving a dream during a year wrought with personal tragedy. Green lost his best friend and fiancé on Sept. 16, with the untimely passing of Megan Stockstill following the birth of their son Sterling.