EP 11: Jolene & Kerby Montgomery | Keeping a Level and Open Mind

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 competing at the Edna Isabella Quarter Horses Futurity. Photo by Boaz Elkes.
Kerby team roping on “Doc”.


Sooner Superstar

  • 2007 BFA Champion

Aced My Bully

  • 2010 BFA Champion

JL Dash Ta Heaven

  • AQHA Junior Barrels World Champion
  • Old Fort Days Fort Smith Derby Champion
  • Jim Norrick Arena Record Holder, Oklahoma City, OK

Return of the Bully

  • 7X Futurity Champion

Marth SixShooter

  • BFA Juvenile Champion

JL Jamaican Me Rich

  • 2016 Dufur Quarter Horses Futurity Champion

What Montgomery’s Look for in a Prospect

  • Sensitive & “feely”
  • Good mind & open minded
  • Natural ability to move from pressure
  • Light & quick footed
  • Smooth mover
  • Tall lean build ideally, but open minded to anything that is gritty and quick
Check out more of Jolene’s tips when looking in a prospect to buy in the two part Racer’s Edge series attached at the end of the show notes.

Tips on Regaining Positivity After a Setback

  • Take 20 minutes to yourself
    • Clear the bad out- let it go
    • Think about anything and everything positive
    • Clear your mind
    • Practice Mental Strength
  • The best way to work through a set back is to get back to work and practice and get back to competing.
Kerby at work!


While Kerby doesn’t have to workout (#mustbenice), Jolene stays fit by running, training for a half marathon, and adds some cross training in the mix. Yes, we are super impressed too!




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.

The Martin BTR is a sporty, light saddle offering balance, timing, and rhythm.

Classic Equine

Just For Fun

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.

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!

EP 10: Kassie Mowry | Preparation and Mental Toughness

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!

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Round 3 of the 2017 NFR. Kassie and Firewater Make Me Happy (Junior) set the arena record. Photo by Impulse Photography.

Dashing Dillon

  • Confederate Leader x Pass the Belle, Pass the Bars
  • Bought as a yearling primarily because of his Confederate Leader bloodlines
  • Characterized as fast and honest, “just won”
  • LTE $123,000, 2006 BFA Juvenile Futurity Champion

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  • Dash Ta Fame x On a Bunny, On a High. “Darling Denim”
  • Won over $60,000 his four year old futurity year
  • Characterized as very sensitive, hard working and pleasing

Epic Leader

Kassie Mowry with a young Epic Leader
Kassie Mowry and Epic Leader in 2011, he was a three year old. Photo by:
  • Confederate Leader x Firewater Fiesta, Firewater Flit
  • Co owned by Kassie and Karma Loftin
  • LTE $170,000+
  • 2012 Futurity Year:
    • 2nd Highest Money Winning Futurity Horse in the Nation
    • Old PacWest Slot Race Champion
    • BBR Finals Slot Futurity Champion
    • Ecurie 5-55 Drummond Futurity Champion
    • LG Pro Classic Slot Race Reserve Champion
  • Now owned by the Schiller Ranch, stands at Brazos Valley Stallion Station


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!


First Round

Second Round

Final Round Aggregate

  • 1st- Dashing Canelo
  • 2nd- Epic Guy
  • 3rd- Famous Ladies Man
  • 7th- CP He Will Be Epic

Slot Race

  • 1st- Epic Guy
  • 4th- CP He Will Be Epic

Keys to Kassie’s Training Program

  • Mental Toughness
  • Awareness
  • Preparation
  • Consistency
  • Reward/Release


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.

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