If you aren’t familiar with Jessie Telford, she is a professional barrel racer and 2018 WNFR Qualifier and so much more. She is also the mom to Shawny and Sierra and wife to professional Cowhorse Trainer, Jake Telford. The Telfords live and train out of Idaho. We were happy to catch up with Jessie in Texas while she was down for the NRCHA Snafflebit Futurity where she was showing her new horse ‘Ronnie’ in the Hackamore Classic. She truly can do it all! We enjoyed her visit on horsemanship, horse pedigree, what she looks for in prospects, equipment, and everything in between!
Be sure to check out Jessie and Jake’s episode of Racer’s Edge that aired on Ride TV and is available to stream on demand on Ride TV GO. Use code RACERSEDGE for a discount.
Bozo was a key part in the creation and testing of the original Legacy prototype in 1996– he burned through every boot on the market and the kevlar (what is used in bullet proof vests) on the fetlock cradle system was added to the design because of him!
Unless you aren’t familiar with the barrel futurity scene, you would know Jolene Montgomery has been a powerhouse in the industry for the past decade! Originally from Ohio, Jolene grew up barrel racing, riding English and Hunter Jumpers, cutters, and everything in between. With many BFA championships and countless futurity wins, Jolene has ridden some of the titans of the futurity industry including JL Dash Ta Heaven, Return of the Bully, and Martha Six Shooter to name a few. What you may not know is her husband Kerby starts all the colts and together they train some of the best barrel horses in the business! Kerby grew up roping and riding horses but went a different direction in his professional career. With the help of Jolene and his sister Molli (renowned futurity trainer) they convinced him to try his hand at training and it’s been history ever since. These two definitely compliment each other and it is no surprise they have a winning program. It was nonstop entertainment recording this episode and we learned a lot about mental preparation, mindset, and what to look for in a winner!
Jolene was pivotal in the design of the BTR by Martin Saddlery. They BTR is the lightest of the barrel saddles in the Martin line and has the most forward hanging fenders, sitting the rider far back in the saddle giving security without restriction. The flatter seat and secure cantle allow for quick, secure changes in riding position.
Jolene and Kerby are all about adventure. Here is some fun bits on some recent adventures…. playing basketball with the Bahamian locals, swimming with sharks, and hiking the Rocky Mountains. You know, what everyone does on vacation! We can’t wait to have them back on. As always, you can listen to the Racer’s Edge Podcast on iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
Kerby and Jolene hiking in Colorado.
Photo by Abigail Plants
Jolene in her natural habitat!
Fearlessly swimming with the sharks!
If you haven’t already check out Jolene’s two-part series we did on a previous season of Racer’s Edge on what to look for when buying a horse!
Kassie Mowry is listed as the Top Rider of the Decade for 2008-2018 with earnings calculating over $2M, reported by Barrel Horse News. Among countless achievements, she is an NHSRA barrel racing champion, NIRA barrel racing champion, two time NFR qualifier, BFA Futurity Champion, BFA Juvenile Champion, and the 2019 Diamonds and Dirt Futurity and Slot Race Champion just to name a short few. We loved this episode getting to revisit some iconic horses in Kassie’s early career, Kassie’s involvement with Epic Leader , and her 2019 season which has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Kassie is as tough as they come and an extremely knowledgeable horse woman and there is a lot to be learned from this episode!
Despite battling two different injuries within a few months of each other, Kassie still has had a stand out year thus far, with the highlight being the Diamonds and Dirt Futurity. Out of the six horses she is currently competing on, they are all by Dash Ta Fame or Epic Leader. Below are their accomplishments at the Diamonds and Dirt Futurity where she won in total nearly $80,000 at the single event!
Can’t get enough Kassie? Check out her two part series we did in a previous season of Racer’s Edge on our YouTube Channel! As always, thank you for listening and you can find more episodes of the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. We have two remaining episodes in Season 2 we are excited to bring you.
Episode 09 features the ever so talented, Britany Diaz! This 2X NFR qualifier and professional barrel horse trainer not only has a great breeding and training program with her husband Isaac (professional saddle bronc rider), but she is a new mom to daughter, Whitley Grace. We really enjoyed our visit with her and talked all things training, pedigree, and life in general. Britany radiates positivity and purpose and we know everyone can get something in this episode! Just a reminder that we are three episodes into Season 2 and our new episodes are released bi-monthly on Thursdays, check them out on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Podcasts!
Britany grew up in rural Solen, ND on a ranch. Although her family didn’t compete actively in rodeo, she quickly took to it on a little mare named Nanny. Britany credits her foundation of barrel racing to going to Mary Ketchum clinics and learning from Lisa Lockhart whom she traveled with at the beginning of her career.
The start of it all for Britany and the horse she learned how to ride on
Bought for $800 at a dispersal sale in North Dakota
Trained by Britany at college in horsemanship classes
Had a foal at 4 years old and started her barrel racing career after
9X Badlands Circuit Finals Qualifier
Qualified for the NFR two times
3x Canadian Finals Finalist
2014 Reserve Canadian Champion
2014 Canadian Horses of the year, the first horse from the US to win this title
2016 ERA Top 5 finisher
Britany, Isaac, and the Fleck’s (Britany’s parents) have put together a great set of broodmares over the past seven years. Although Rootie doesn’t carry, she is flushed for embryos and they even have a full sister to Rootie added to their broodmare herd. The majority of their bloodlines goes back to the stallion, Texas High Dasher.
It’s always a fun time when we get to visit with Sherry and we hope you learn as much as we did from this conversation. Expect to learn tips for improving your mental game as we discuss stories from the rodeo road and the horses that helped Sherry become rodeo’s winningest cowgirl. Along with the podcast, be sure to catch today’s Racer’s Edge episode with Sherry Cervi on RIDE TV. It will first air Thursday, April 18 at 9:00 PM ET and 12:00 AM ET, so set your DVRs! If you’re on your phone, tablet or streaming device, use promo code “RACERSEDGE” for a discount on RIDE TV GO.
For those who don’t know, Sherry Cervi is a four-time world champion barrel racer, three-time average champion, and has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo a total of 19 times. Though the duo of Sherry and Stingray is well-known in the barrel racing community, many are unaware of the horses behind the success we see today. If you missed her the first time around, be sure to go back and listen to our Season One podcast with Sherry Cervi and Jane Fambro.
Carried Cervi to several PRCA wins her senior year of high school
Not only is Stingray one of the greatest barrel racing horses of all time, she is also a nice heel horse in the team roping
Key player in Sherry’s record-setting $3.2 million in ProRodeo earnings
Carried Sherry to 2010 and 2013 WPRA world titles
Voted Horse with the Most Heart in 2013, runner-up in 2010 and tied for the title in 2011
Go with you gut feeling
Don’t over-analyze the situation
Once you make a decision, stick with it. Never second guess yourself.
Be consistent as a rider
You can make mistakes and still be fast – don’t give up
Don’t let outside elements dictate your mental game
Worry only about the things you can control
Surround yourself with positive people
Set goals and stay hooked
If you struggle to stay motivated, surround yourself with people who push you
Prior to her runs, Sherry reminds herself to keep her mind in the middle and get her horse to the spot. Along with this, if she gets nervous, she wiggles her toes to relax her body and take her mind off of the stress involved with competition.
Listen to Sherry in this podcast to hear the funniest and strangest stories that have happened to her on the rodeo road. Once you listen to them, you’ll understand the importance of being mentally tough and having the ability to “stay hooked” regardless of the hand you’re dealt. In response to her stories on the road, Sherry’s advice to anyone listening is to lock things up while travelling. You never know who might take your saddle, your gold buckle, your video camera or even your trailer!
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For those of you who listened to season one’s podcasts, welcome back! For those of you who are new, we welcome you too!
On this episode, join us as we meet up and visit with Lisa Lockhart. Lisa is a wife, mom of three and professional barrel racer. On top of her 12 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifications, two NFR Average Championships and two Reserve World Championships, Lisa has won RFD-TV’s The American twice along with four Canadian Championship titles. If you know barrel racing, the name Lisa Lockhart should be more than familiar.
Something that makes Lisa unique from many is her ability to schedule time on the road with family events. Since the beginning, she has always put her role as a mother first and that makes her someone everyone can admire. Along with being mom to Alyssa, Thane and Cade, Lisa has also been the mother-figure to some pretty talented horses. She has always had a passion for horses, growing up riding her pony in the yard, and her connection with animals is evident. Listen to Lisa, Jeye and Hannah talk about life on the road, memorable moments, equipment, family, and the famous horses Lisa has rode.
Lisa’s first run on Louie at the 2018 NFR….the crowd erupted!