EP 03: Hailey Kinsel | Navigating Success & Greater Purpose

In this Racer’s Edge podcast episode, we visit with barrel racing sensation, Hailey Kinsel, about rodeo, training horses and the “We Can Help” campaign. We learn something new every time we have the opportunity to speak with Hailey, and we hope everyone at home enjoys this episode as much as we do!

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Episode 03 can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Podcasts!

About Hailey

Hailey Kinsel has recently been referred to as “Barrel Racing’s Girl on Fire” and for good reason. In 2017 alone, Kinsel and her well-known equine partner, DM Sissy Hayday a.k.a “Sister” won the RFDTV American, the College National Finals Rodeo and qualified for the National Finals Rodeo where they set the new arena-record not once, but twice. This year, Kinsel has continued her success, winning San Antonio, the Days of ’47  in Salt Lake City, Utah, The Calgary Stampede and qualifying for the NFR in the coveted season leader position. On top of her success inside of the arena, Kinsel has also made it a goal to give back to those around her by founding the “We Can Help” campaign which you can learn more about below.

Hailey Kinsel running Sister at Calgary.
Hailey and Sister running at the Calgary Stampede. Photo by Covy Moore.

Horses

DM Sissy Hayday “Sister”

2011 Mare

Thunder Stones “TJ”

2004 Gelding

  • Both Hailey and her mom, Leslie, filled their WPRA Permits riding TJ
  • Purchased by Kinsel’s when he was 10 years old
  • Placed at Circle, Dillon, Evanston and Billings, MT, Stephenville, TX, Rock Springs, WY, and other rodeos.
  • Won Preston, ID

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

This year, Kinsel had the goal to be more efficient and make every run count better than it did in 2017. In order to do this, she had to decide which horse to run where, which rodeos to enter and which rodeos to skip. Factors Kinsel used to make this decision included ground conditions, added money, which horse the arena suits, the overall atmosphere, and if you could ride in the arena prior to the rodeo or not.

When it comes to training horses, many people are quick to throw in the towel. However, Hailey and Leslie have a goal of helping every horse reach it’s full potential. As a general rule of thumb, each horse they invest in spends 18-22 months in their program before any decisions are made.

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Hailey and Leslie Kinsel at the 2017 NFR.

Sis & TJ’s Favorite Products

Classic Equine

Martin Saddlery

Cashel

Feeding Program

  • Purina Strategy with Outlast Supplement (AM & PM)
  • Free-choice coastal hay
  • Alfalfa hay or cubes depending on availability

Exercise Program

  • Exercise is planned around performance schedule
  • Every horse gets a “gallop” day and a “walk/trot” day
  • On gallop days, horses are sprinted or breezed to build lung capacity
  • Walk/Trot days are used as recovery days
  • Walking teaches your horse to relax in a comfortable, natural position while lightly stretching their muscles. This can also play a huge role in injury prevention.

Hailey’s Childhood Idols

Last Year

  • No plans to make the NFR
  • Very cautious
  • Sister was young & inexperienced
  • Goal was to make the circuit finals

This Year

  • Planned to capitalize at winter rodeos so they could be selective the rest of the year
  • Got to stay home most of the spring and summer
  • Went north on the Fourth of July
  • Competed at 3 rodeos in August/September

Thoughts Heading Into the NFR

“It is so much nicer knowing what I’m going into” – Hailey

  • Planning for better scheduling this year in order to spend more time with the horses
  • The goal is to keep things smooth and correct which will hopefully result in winning runs
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Hailey Kinsel running Sister at the 2017 NFR. Photo by Impulse Photography

WE CAN HELP

Alex’s Lemonade Stand – Lakin Cunningham
https://www.alexslemonade.org/

Mississippi Mutts – Abbi Roark
https://mississippimutts.org/about/

Rusty’s MorningStar Ranch – Kaylee Barker
http://www.rmr.org/

Jason’s Evergiving Heart – Jordyn Nelson
https://www.jasonsevergivingheart.org/

Grace Loncar Foundation – Emery Mask
https://www.graceloncarfoundation.com/our-mission-and-goals/

JEYE QUOTE: “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Luke 12:48

STEWARDSHIP defined the conducting, supervising, or managing of something. especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care

Horse Profiles

Sister

  • Favorite Song: Champion by Carrie Underwood
  • In human form: Carrie Underwood
    • Better legs, better hair, good at what she does, slightly cocky, confident and calm 🙂

TJ

  • Favorite Song: *No song, just a really loud medley of a lot of songs that don’t go together
  • In human form: Changes every day – Sean Connery, Tom Cruise, Tom & Jerry
    • Quirky, many personalities

Take Home Quotes:

“You take care of what is yours and you don’t just take care of it at a minimum, you do your best by it. Because if you do your best by it, it’s gonna produce more for you in the long run.”

“They all deserve the absolute best because if you don’t give them that then they cannot give you their best.”

– Hailey

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One thought on “EP 03: Hailey Kinsel | Navigating Success & Greater Purpose

  1. Great interview, great young lady. I have loved her from the first time I heard her speak! What a vision. And with that, this young lady has and will continue to change the not only the face of barrel racing but the world!

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