EP:06 Taci Bettis & Jessica Wahlert | Life’s A Smash

In Episode 6 amongst all the craziness with NFR week in Las Vegas, we were so happy to catch up with our friends Jessica Wahlert and Taci Bettis! You know Taci from the 2018 RFD-TV’s The American championship, her two trips to the Thomas & Mack and her unforgettable big bay, Smash, but what you may not realize is you know Jessica from the arena as well! Jessica is the Marketing Manager at Cinch Jeans and any arena you see a Cinch banner, you can guarantee she has a hand in what is happening there. As if she wasn’t busy enough she runs a part time equine therapy business (Excellular Therapy), is a barrel racer, and is best friends with Taci Bettis….all due to a once gangly bay colt they call Bogie Is A Smash. These two are champions in and out of the arena and we are very thankful they took time out of their busy schedules to meet with us! We know everyone will take away some wisdom from this episode, as well as some laughs!

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Taci & Jeremy Bettis with the Wahlert family after their Round 8 win at the 2018 WNFR!


Electro-Acuscope, Myopulse, Myoscope, and Neuroscope: A microcurrent therapy system with biofeedback capabilities and automatically adjusts internally according to the level of electrical resistance it detects in the tissue. The system has both diagnostic and therapeutic functions. –Acuscope Therapy by Animal Therapy Systems

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Jessica prepping Smash for an Acuscope treatment!

Taci and Smash winning the 2018 RFD-TV’s The American in the $100 Dollar Green Cinch shirt after a late night ride and the magic touch of Excellular Therapy!

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Green or grey? You be the judge! 2018 RFD-TV The American Barrel Racing Champion. Photo by Impulse Photography.

 Taci’s NFR Goal: You know Taci’s goal she mentions she has for the NFR but was too superstitious to tell? We are happy to report she got the job done! We don’t want to spoil the podcast, but we will hint it took place on Round 8!

Correction: Lolo Jones (whom Hannah compared Taci to) is an Olympic hurdler and bobsledder, not a high jumper! She recently was featured in the On Her Turf podcast.

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Smash’s Regimen

Exercise & Fitness

  • Emphasis on long trotting and exercise 6 days a week for approx. 45 min
  • Minimal pattern work


Favorite Tack

Riding Gear

Horse Profiles

Bogie Is A Smash, “Smash

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Smash in Las Vegas taking his 2:00 pm daily nap.

Drift-N-Dylan, Dylan


  • Connor McGregor, fierce and competitive. Won’t ever back down!

We hope you all enjoy this episode, we know we did! Taci and Jessica are perfect examples that with hard work, a fast horse, and the right people in your corner…anything is possible! Due to the holiday season we are going to be taking a couple week break, but we can’t wait to bring you new content in 2019. We appreciate all of you tuning in week and week out and we wish you all a Merry Christmas.

-Racer’s Edge Team

For Contact:

Hannah Haugen, Public Relations Coordinator


Partner Links: Renew Gold, Oxygen, SheFit, Barrel Horse News & Training Barrel Horses, Ride TV

EP 05: Pursuing Your Passion with Anthony Lucia and Lisa Lageschaar

 This week, we met up with Anthony Lucia and his beautiful fiance, Lisa Lageschaar, to talk barrel racing, team roping, rodeo queening, entertaining and so much more. Jeye gave Anthony some words of advice before marriage, Anthony and Lisa shared their stories, and Hannah laughed until she cried. With the upcoming Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Anthony will be hosting “Live with Lucia” at the Stetson Country Christmas at the Sands Convention Center while Lisa enjoys Las Vegas during the WNFR one short year after passing on the Miss Rodeo America crown. It’s never a dull moment with these two, and we had so much fun recording this episode.

Anthony and Lisa on their horses “Biscuit” and “Flirt”.

About The Happy Couple

Lisa’s parents moved to Texas from Holland in hopes of fulfilling “The American Dream.” Not only did they manage to build a successful dairy in a new country, but they raised a daughter who would grow up to be Miss Rodeo Texas and ultimately, Miss Rodeo America. On top of her rodeo queen background, Lisa has a bachelor in agricultural education and a graduate degree in secondary education. She is now using her background as an educator and successful queen to educate others while pursuing her passion of barrel racing.

Lisa competing on her horse “Snackbar”, photo by Shoop Shots.
Photo by Robert King.

Anyone who has ever met Anthony can see his natural ability to entertain. At only eight years old, he was known as a successful trick roper, traveling with his father and well-known “monkey-brother,” Whiplash. Along with this, he is an outstanding announcer and talk show comedian, taking time to team rope whenever he can.

Couples that rope together, stay together. Photo by Mica Chartier.

Both Anthony and Lisa understand it takes dedication and hard-work to see results in life, and we believe everyone could learn something from their words.

The More You Know…

Jeremy “Jerry” Buhler – “Letter to My Younger Self”

Be sure to catch “Live with Lucia” at 1 pm daily at the Stetson Country Christmas at the Sands Expo December 6-16!

Take-Home Quotes:

  • “You get out of something what you put in.” – Lisa
  • “Everything I know, I learned from my dad and the school of hard knocks.” – Anthony
  • “If you work hard and you love something, the possibilities are endless.” – Anthony
  • “Confidence came from failing and realizing that, oh, I’m going to be okay. Because every time a person fails, you realize that maybe you’re not good enough. But then when you find success, you gain confidence from the hard work that you put into it.” – Lisa
  • “You either win or you learn; there’s no such thing as losing.” – Jake Barnes
  • “The difference-maker between the champions and normal people is who wants to keep going.” – Anthony

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” – Rocky Balboa

We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did. As always, this podcast can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Podcasts!

For contact: Hannah Haugen, Public Relations Coordinator, hhaugen@equibrand.com
Partner Links: Renew Gold, Oxygen, SheFit, Barrel Horse News & Training Barrel Horses, Ride TV

EP 04: Sherry Cervi & Jane Fambro | Let’s Talk “Sussess”!

In this episode, we sit down to talk with barrel racers, Sherry Cervi & Jane Fambro. You’ll learn all about chickens (yes, you read that right), training barrel horses, their favorite equine products, time-management, motivation and the differences between traveling to futurities and rodeos. Along with this, you’ll be sure to get a laugh or two from a story involving the Racer’s Edge crew, Stingray and Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Sherry Cervi is a name that most should recognize. With four world titles, three average title wins at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and 19 WNFR qualifications in the barrel racing, Sherry has proven her value in the barrel racing industry. Along with her WNFR successes, Sherry was also the first Women’s Professional Rodeo Association member to cross the 3 million dollar mark in earnings. More recently, Sherry was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Though she calls Marana, AZ home, she spends her summers at her family’s ranch in Wisconsin and recently purchased a property in Stephenville, TX.

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Jane Fambro grew up in the saddle, training her first horse in the fifth grade. In 2018, Jane was the recipient of the DISH Back in the Saddle Award at RFD-TV’s The American Semi-Finals. There is no doubt she is an all-around hand, starting her first horse bareback in a halter as a yearling and ending up with a well-trained horse in the heeling, heading, breakaway, tie-down, pole bending AND barrel racing. Luckily for the barrel racing world, Jane moved in with Ryann Pedone when she went to college and decided she would take a shot at training futurity colts by the time the second semester rolled around. Since that decision, she has gone on to train several successful barrel horses that have gone on to win with other riders, a feat of its own. Jane is a UPRA Finalist, RFDTV The American Qualifier and three-time cancer survivor. She is the strongest person, most astute Horseman and motivation for us all to be better and do better. She sets a great example of humility and hope.

Fancy Chickens

As promised in the podcast, here is the link to Business Insider’s article regarding the chicken referred to as, “The Lamborghini of Poultry.” Feel free to look up chickens in your area, however, as Jane has proven, there is no need to own a chicken to be successful in the barrel racing world.

Blackie, an Indonesian Ayam Cemani rooster and part time poultry model.


Both Sherry and Jane will agree that there is great pride involved when someone else is able to win on a horse that you have trained. Along with this, if they had to choose between training and competing at futurities or rodeos, both would choose the rodeo path. Sherry and Jane both believe that ranching on horses at a young age teaches them where to place their feet and prepares them for pressure, resulting in a horse that can handle rodeo ground and atmosphere.

Jane believes it is important to have patience and use repetition when training a horse regardless of where the horse will be competing.

Sherry has full intentions of going the futurity route with her young horses, but every year she seems to get busy and ends up with horses that are not quite ready to hit the futurity road. Though some may try to rush those horses to get them prepared last-minute, Sherry chooses to take her time and have patience in order to achieve the end goal of having a solid rodeo horse.



  • not a detail-oriented person,
  • used treatment time to sit down and set goals,
  • journals everything she does on each horse in a day,
  • believes that in order to be successful you need to use your entire day and plan your time if you can

“People think that success is based on talent. Success is based on principles. If you master the principles and execute them every day, you will be successful.” – Tyson Durfey

“If you’re dumb, you better be tough.” – Jane Quote


  • Writes motivational quotes in her planner
  • Has sticky notes with positive quotes placed in her home and trailer
  • Plans can change 100X in a day when you’re rodeoing so you have to be prepared for that
  • If you haven’t been somewhere or done something, ask for help from someone who has
  • If you are prepared to the best of your ability you have a better chance at success

Favorite Quote: “Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.”


Hannah’s Planning Resources

Erin Condren Life Planners

  • For planning & writing out everything! Customized for you with fun quotes, room to write down anything, and fun stickers.

  • We are by no means affiliated with Erin Condren or being paid by them, but here is a referral link to a discount.

Cozi App

  • Cozi is a shared calendar great for keeping up with appointments or anything going on and lets you assign a specific person to it. Every person has their individual color, truly a Type A personality person’s dream. 🙂

Jenna Kutcher Goal Digger Podcast

  • 5 Ways to Outsource Your Life
  • Great tips on things to do to allow yourself more time in the day to get done what is important- ex. riding horses and barrel racing!


Spotted Diamond – “Annie”

Guys Cash Task – “King”

  • Bought with her husband, Cameron, as the first horse they would keep
  • Cameron said King was Jane’s engagement ring
  • Won his third amateur rodeo – was more of a rodeo horse than futurity horse
  • Loved the energy and crowds at rodeos
  • Was a natural at staying focused
  • First year rodeoing with him he made the UPRA and CPRA finals
  • 2016 UPRA Barrel Horse of the Year
  • 2017 CPRA Barrel Horse of the Year
  • Unfortunately, The Fambros lost King in 2017, but he will always be remembered
Jane competing on her great, late horse “King” in Loveland, CO

Classic Frenchman – “Frank” 

NF Frostys Rudy- “Rudy”

  • Newest member of the team and proving he is a force to be reckoned with!


MP Meter My Hay – “Stingray”

  • Has qualified and made countless runs at the WNFR
  • Not just a barrel horse, you can rope on her too (2017 BFI)
  • More info on Stingray HERE (We think Stingray should have her own book)
  • Stingray at The Calgary Stampede
  • Stingray and Sherry taking their victory lap at Ellensburg, WA

MP Jet Royal Money – “Bernice”

  • Full Sister to Stingray
  • 8 years old
  • Gritty, fun, confident in herself
  • Larger build than Stingray
  • Sent to Dena Kirkpatrick as a four year old for training, found a bone chip in her ankle and spent her five year old year recovering
  • First jackpot Sherry entered on Bernice she had no exhibitions and was in the 1D
  • Has a rounder running style than Stingray and runs to the left barrel first
    Bernice Matisse & DelRay resting on the road!

MP Del Ray – “DelRay”

  • Full Sibling to Stingray & Bernice
  • Awesome in the pattern but is insecure & gets “buddied up” to other horses

MP Ray of Fame – “Money May”

  • Three year old (2015 mare)
  • Dash Ta Fame X MP Meter My Hay (Full sibling to Feel The Sting)
  • Is the first Dash Ta Fame Sherry has rode from the ground up (raised, trained, & will eventually compete on)
  • Should mature to be larger than Stingray
  • Very smart
  • Sherry hopes to have ready to compete for five year old futurity year

    Stingray & Money May, like mother like daughter.


Sherry – “BERNICE”

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Jane – “ANNIE”

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  • Not a girly-girl, One of the boys
  • Would be good at sports and play them all
  • Guys like her & would pick her to play on their team
  • Cleans up well, runway ready at night


  • “Odd Duck”
  • Temperamental and has weird quirks
  • Lean & Tall
  • If she were a person, she would be a European Soccer Player
  • Needs weekly therapy sessions
  • Has flop ears so she looks chill but she isn’t


Episode 04 is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Podcasts! As always thank you so much for tuning in, and if you enjoy what you’re listening to leave us a rating or review!


From RIDE TV :

Popular barrel racing series “Racer’s Edge” releases new season on RIDE TV

Tuesday, October 30th, FORT WORTH, TXRide Television Network, Inc. (RIDE TV) is excited to announce that the great barrel racing series Racer’s Edge will be coming to RIDE TV with a brand new season.

“We are so excited to add to our great line up of barrel racing content with Racer’s Edge,” said Craig Morris, RIDE TV President. “It’s the perfect complement to our barrel racing competition coverage that we have coming in 2019.”

Racer’s Edge is a lifestyle variety show that features a unique insight to barrel racers whose lives revolve around their love of barrel racing through rare moments and conversations with professionals and influencers across the industry.


“The Racer’s Edge team is so excited to offer this great series on RIDE TV,” said Jeye Johnson, Producer of Racer’s Edge. “RIDE TV is truly dedicated to their passionate equestrian audience, especially the barrel racers of the world. We are thrilled to be a part of the great barrel racing lineup on RIDE TV.”

Racer’s Edge will premiere on RIDE TV on January 15, 2019. To see where RIDE TV is available near you, visit www.RIDETV.com/Watch.

About Ride Television Network Inc.

RIDE TV is a privately held corporation based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was formed in 2011 for the purpose of launching a 24-hour, high definition, television network dedicated to featuring equestrian sports and lifestyle content. RIDE TV launched in October 2014 and is available in the United States, Asia, Latin America and Canada. For more information, visit www.RIDETV.com.

About Racer’s Edge

Racer’s Edge is a lifestyle variety show, giving viewers a unique insight to barrel racers whose lives revolve around their love of running horses and barrel racing by sharing rare moments and conversations with professionals and influencers across the industry. Barrel racing isn’t just a sport – it’s choosing to live a life a way full of passion, dedication and emotion and it’s our job to share these moments.

RIDE TV Contact:
Amanda Morris, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Racer’s Edge Contact:
Hannah Haugen, Public Relations Coordinator


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!

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.


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


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.

Hailey and Leslie Kinsel at the 2017 NFR.

Sis & TJ’s Favorite Products

Classic Equine

Martin Saddlery


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
Hailey Kinsel running Sister at the 2017 NFR. Photo by Impulse Photography


Alex’s Lemonade Stand – Lakin Cunningham

Mississippi Mutts – Abbi Roark

Rusty’s MorningStar Ranch – Kaylee Barker

Jason’s Evergiving Heart – Jordyn Nelson

Grace Loncar Foundation – Emery Mask

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


  • 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 🙂


  • 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

Partner Links: Renew Gold, Oxygen, SheFit, Barrel Horse News & Training Barrel Horses, Ride TV

EP 02: Ashley Schafer |The Horses that Made Me

Ashley coming in hot 2nd barrel shot

In this Racer’s Edge podcast episode, featuring Ashley Nelson Schafer, we visit with horse trainer, Ashley Schafer, to follow-up on her upcoming Racer’s Edge episode. Expect to learn about some of the horses she has ridden, who she is outside the arena, advice on how to deal with set-backs, success in the futurity world, and a few of her favorite things.

Ashley coming in hot 2nd barrel shot
Ashley at the 2016 ERA World Championships in Dallas, Texas

About Ashley

Ashley Schafer is a well-known trainer in both the futurity and rodeo worlds. She gives a lot of credit for her success to her time at the Jud Little Ranch in Ardmore, Oklahoma training under Jolene Montgomery. After training under Jolene, Ashley trained for the Jud Little Ranch for one year as their main trainer before moving to Wyoming. Joe and Carla Spitz of Spitz Quarter Horses were some of Ashley’s first clients after going out on her own and brought her several horses to futurity, one of which being Freckles Ta Fame, otherwise known as CanMan. Since then, Ashley has gone on to train and jockey countless successful futurity and rodeo horses.

Ashley and Pasen checking on her colts
Juggling a toddler and futurity colts
Ashley can gather cattle with the best of 'em
Ashley’s first love: Roping



Freckles Ta Fame “CanMan”

2009 stallion, LTE $100,000+

KR Last Fling “Laramie”

2010 Mare, LTE $100,000+

Vanilas Sudden Fame “Reese”

2010 Mare, LTE $110,000+

Guys Girl Power

2010 Mare

Positively Streakin “Salty”

2014 Mare

  • Owned by Spitz Quarter Horses
  • 2018 Pink Buckle – placed in both rounds and the average as well as winning some open money for a total of nearly $15,000

Traits Ashley Looks for in a prospect:   Natural Rate & Ability

Horse Profiles

The Cheerleader – “Salty”
Not overly smart, cute, athletic, happy, gets distracted, some things go over her head

Soft Ball Player – “Laramie”
Athletic, cool, level-headed, confident, not dramatic. Similar attitude as Jolene Montgomery – no drama and laid-back but when it’s game-time she gets serious.

Famed French Kiss “Sissy” – similar attitude to Joy Wargo.
Doesn’t show much emotion, is quiet, stand-off attitude at first but once you get to know her she will talk your ear off & you can always count on her to make the same trip.

Freckles Ta Fame “CanMan”
A sweetheart you can always count on to make the same trip. Theme Song “Stand By Me”

Favorite Classic Equine Products

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Advice to Trainers

  • If you want to be around horses you must constantly work on being a better horseman! Horsemanship = key to success.
    • Go to clinics, read books, watch videos, whatever it takes
  • Work hard, stay dedicated, keep the right mental attitude, stay positive, keep emotions in check
  • Be specific with cues and consistent with those cues from home to public.
    • Don’t watch other people exhibition and change your method at the barrel race
    • It is OK to try new things but try them at home first
  • Keep expectations in perspective

Advice to Owners

  • Know your end goal & make sure you make your expectations are clear at the beginning
  • Find the right trainer for your personal goals and your horse
  • There are different kinds of trainers – be aware of that & send your horse to the person that will help produce the right end-result for you
  • The best futurity horses don’t always make the best rodeo horses and vice versa
  • Best way to success is clear communication
  • Your trainer will know your horse best… Trust your trainer when they think your horse should go to a vet or something should change.
  • Sometimes the horse you have won’t produce your desired end-goal, but this does not mean the horse is no-good, it just means the horse has a different path. Don’t give up on your trainer & trust their opinion.

Take Home Notes

  • Each horse is an individual & you cannot compare one horse to another
  • When training futurity colts you must take things day by day – don’t get ahead of yourself
  • Take the emotion out of barrel racing and learn to not take things personal when they don’t work out
  • Be prepared as much as possible in order to succeed
  • Stay positive, take deep breaths and go have fun
  • Visualize your run & know your horse

Be sure to tune into EP 02 of the Racer’s Edge Podcast here, iTunes Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

For Contact: Hannah Haugen, Public Relations Coordinator, hhaugen@equibrand.com

Racer’s Edge Podcast EP 01: Embracing Change

In this Racer’s Edge podcast episode, Embracing Change, we visit with special guest and host, Dena Kirkpatrick, to discuss the history of Racer’s Edge and our long-time working relationship. You will learn about some of our personal experiences with riding and training horses as well as our favorite equine products and motivational quotes.


Conversation Fact Check

  • The first episode of Racer’s Edge aired in January 2014.
  • Dena Kirkpatrick: One Smooth Motion pairs with DenaOneSmoothMotion YouTube videos to share the mental and physical aspects in regards to training a barrel horse.
  • In 2007, Jeye worked with Horsecity.comTV to create what they refer to as “Meet the Girl” videos that aired on Horsecity’s show on RFD-TV, which you can now find here.
  • Racer’s Edge will be reformatting to a one-hour special on Ride TV in 2019.
  • Barrel futurity races date back to the early 1970’s, the Barrel Futurities of America was formed on September 22, 1983 with the help of Florence Youree, Pat Hutter, and Sue Sistruck.
  • The divisional 4D barrel races were formed in 1992 by the National Barrel Horse Association.
  • Correction to Dena’s story- she first attended the first NBHA finals in Augusta, GA not Atlanta, GA. Augusta still hosts the finals today.
  • RFDTV The American
  • World Champion Rodeo Alliance (WCRA)

Dena’s Favorite Quotes:

“At some point, everything’s gonna go south on you and you’re going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That’s all it is. You just begin. You do the math. You solve one problem and you solve the next one, and then the next. And If you solve enough problems, you get to come home.”

The Martian with Matt Damon

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

– Michael Jordan


Kate’s Always First

Dena’s Super Mare

Dena and “Kate” at the 2016 Rodeo Houston

Kate’s Favorites

Saddle Pad Suede Top Zone Saddle Pad
Protective Boots Legacy2

Polo Wraps

Mentioned by Jeye: Legacy Tall Hind Boot

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RE Crew’s Horse Profiles

MP Call Me Corvinus aka “Corvin”
Human: Jeye Johnson

Song: It’s a Great Day to Be Alive by Travis Tritt

Corv likes to take it easy, he doesn’t like to over think or over exert. Thinks it’s a “goofy thing but hey-he’s doing alright”.

Corv’s theme song? It’s a Great Day to Be Alive by Travis Tritt

Easters Sweet Note aka “Annie”
Human: Hannah Haugen
Song: No Scrubs by TLC

Annie is a hard worker and selective with affirmations of love, does not thrive on human contact.

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Annie’s theme song- No Scrubs by TLC

Kate Always First aka Kate
Human: Dena Kirkpatrick

Song: I’m Going to Live Forever by Irene Cara

Kate is not too feminine, slightly intimidating, yet eloquent. A total stand out most likely out hanging with the boys.


Partner Links: Renew Gold, Oxygen, SheFit, Barrel Horse News & Training Barrel Horses, Ride TV

Finding the Keepers

Buying and selling horses…we’ve all been there. The love/hate relationship is very real. Rarely does it resemble a smooth, open highway, rather often times the process looks that of a narrow, Rocky Mountain pass.

When selling, it’s the stress of keeping your horse ready to show, the toll on your emotions, and the hardest task…finding the right rider and home with the best chance of success as a team. Buying’s difficulty is finding the horse that has all those qualities you have on your  (let’s be real, most of the time unrealistic) mental “checklist” that is hopefully….in your price range. Like buying anything else these days, narrowing down the options can be overwhelming. After all, you have to take in factors like gender, age, pedigree, color, and how broke they are. Even if you find one right off the bat, it’s hard having the confidence in the decision knowing there are several more out there. What if you miss out on something!


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Jolene running at the Doxa Extreme rodeo in 2016. She is riding a BTR by Martin Saddlery. FMI on the BTR and other saddles from Martin check out the new 2017 catalog.


This season’s two-part series with Jolene Montgomery has showcased what we felt was a much-needed tutorial on this ever so common transaction that supplies the oxygen to the main vein in our industry. With a repertoire a mile long, Jolene has trained and jockeyed some of the best horses in the business in the beginning of their careers such as JL Dash Ta Heaven, MCM Ima Sharp Guy, and JL Jamaican Me Rich to name a few.   Although buying and selling horses isn’t the way she makes her living, along with her success in the arena as a jockey and trainer, she has gained expertise in the buying/selling process. She understands what a great relationship between horse and rider looks like, and we thought it would be fun to get her insight on the subject.

Jolene Montgomery’s saddle of choice is a BTR by Martin Saddlery. She also uses a Classic Equine ESP or Zone saddle pad.

After all the hassle we go through, sleepless nights even, why do we do it? We would have to say because there is no better feeling than watching someone love and compete successfully on a horse you once owned and loved or that moment when “it clicks” with your new purchase and you finally feel like a team. You can look elsewhere, but there isn’t a better feeling!

Our advice: go through Jolene’s checklist and then go with your gut. Happy horse shopping! <3

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By: Hannah Haugen

Building Champions from the Ground Up

One of the best aspects of the equine industry is every person and business within has a unique story. Our friends at Oxy-Gen certainly have one to tell. Most known in the equine world for their advanced all natural supplements, Oxy-Gen paved the way in equine supplement technology crossing over science used in human athletic performance and adapting it to horses with the use of natural elements.

Dr. Jack McEowen created the original Oxy-Gen and Oxy-Max products after incorporating octacosanol into animal supplements. The substance was commonly known for its use in human athletes and is found naturally in plants. Octacosanol promotes stamina, endurance, and the building of muscles. Overlooked in the animal nutrition industry, Dr. McEowen saw an opportunity, and in 1997 the Oxy-Gen business partnership was formed with Beth Andrus with Meal and More Mills.


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Meal and More Farms in Morrice, MI


The first Oxy-Gen products were made for livestock; cattle, sheep, and goats. After meeting Marth Wright, Dr. Jack created Oxy-Max for horses and it has since been history. Allyson Hayes, head of the equine division, is a barrel racer with roots deep in the sport with the utmost passion for care and nutrition in barrel horses and at the age of 12 years old, had a significant role in Dr. Jack’s formulation of the Oxy-Boost. It would be almost fate that she would eventually run the equine division. The whole team at Oxy-Gen is extremely dedicated and passionate about their work and it is evident in their products and facilities.

John McEowen, Livestock General Manager at Oxy-Gen, Inc. giving tour of their new state-of-the-art facilities

The refreshing aspect of this company is it is a true piece of Americana. The company owns farmland they prepare, plant and harvest base ingredients which are made into your horse’s favorite the Oxy-Gen product. Everything made from start to finish is packaged, labeled, and shipped from under their roof.

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Tubes of Rush preparing for shipment
Careful accuracy  and care goes into every tube of Oxy-Gen performance paste

Even more impressive, when it came time to update facilities, the company had saved enough money to pay for the new facility in cash. That is nearly unheard of in today’s economy. In our opinion, nothing beats a success story from hard work and perseverance and they are some of our favorite ones to share. Tune in Wednesday, July 12 at 8:00 PM Eastern on RFD-TV for more on Oxy-Gen’s story.


Sources: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-499-octacosanol.aspx?activeingredientid=499&activeingredientname=octacosanol



Hannah Haugen, Public Relations Coordinator






Sherry Cervi Youth Championships Announces New Event in Minnesota

Sherry Cervi is excited to announce the addition of a new youth championship race to the 2018 season in Verndale, MN to be held May 11-13!

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Sherry Cervi awarding pee-wee competitor her first trophy in Marana, AZ


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Grand Entry at the Ceres, CA Youth Championship Race

The new Minnesota race will be a similar format as California and Arizona events; two full rounds of competition, pee-wee race on Saturday, and prizes awarded for the average. The race will be held at R & J Event Center; a climate controlled facility home to in-house tack shop, A Bit of Tack, as well as Sundby’s Trailer Service and Sales. This facility is centrally located, easily accessible from six states and Canada with ample parking and stalls. R & J Event Center is the home to successful events year round.

R & J Event Center, Verndale, MN
Covered Stalls
A Bit of Tack Western Store
Great ground in an intimate setting

2018 Sherry Cervi Youth Championship Schedule:
January 19-21 Wentz Point Arena, Marana, AZ
May 11-13 R & J Arena, Verndale, MN
May 25-27 Diamond Bar Arena Ceres, CA

We look forward to the 2018 season with this new expansion to the Midwest. More details to be announced later in the year. Be sure and join the SCYC Facebook page for the latest information.

Tune in to Racer’s Edge on RFD-TV, June 28th for special coverage of the Sherry Cervi Youth Race in Marana, AZ.  Watch the trailer

Beautiful morning at the Arizona Youth Championship
Crown C barrel saddles from Martin Saddlery are awarded to average winners, each age group in each division