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!

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