RACER’S EDGE COMING TO RIDE TV

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.

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“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
A.Morris@RIDETV.com

Racer’s Edge Contact:
Hannah Haugen, Public Relations Coordinator
hhaugen@equibrand.com

 

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.

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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

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

EP 02: Ashley Schafer |The Horses that Made Me

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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.

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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.

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

 

MENTIONED HORSES

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+

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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“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

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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

Subscribe to Racer’s Edge YouTube channel for all episodes and behind the scenes content!

 

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.

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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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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

 

Contact:

Hannah Haugen, Public Relations Coordinator

Equimedia

hhaugen@equibrand.com

 

 

 

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.

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R & J Event Center, Verndale, MN
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Covered Stalls
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A Bit of Tack Western Store
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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

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

 

 

Season Three | Thrice as Nice

It’s our favorite time of year! The weather is warm, the sun shines longer, our schedules are filled with barrel races… and we have a brand new season of Racer’s Edge to share!

Our theme for this season is moments in the sport. Barrel racing in its entirety is a journey. A journey filled with peaks and valleys; moments of early morning drives watching the sun come up while traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles for the next run. We, ourselves, have been traveling the country to some of the best events, visiting with great competitors, professionals, and entrepreneurs dedicated to the barrel racing world.

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The grand entry at the Sherry Cervi Youth Championships

Our season premiere features the first Sherry Cervi Youth Championship barrel race held in Marana, Arizona. After eight consecutive West Coast Youth Championship Races in Ceres, California, Sherry wanted to bring a race to her hometown, where it all began. The turnout for Marana’s first race was outstanding with over 360 junior and senior division competitors. We were able to visit with some up and coming cowgirls and the special horses they ride! The weather and ground were great and we look forward to see what this event has in store for its future.

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Sherry Cervi posing with an excited junior division contestant in Marana, Arizona

One of our journeys took us back to Oklahoma City and what turned into a VERY eventful Better Barrel Races World Finals. We spend some time with Sarah Moylan, a rising entrepreneur, whose roots started in junior rodeo and barrel racing, but is now focused on changing women’s lives after realizing her own problems were all too common. We rode with 2017 RodeoHouston and Diamonds and Dirt Slot Race Champion, Kassie Mowry. We were given unique insight into her breeding and training program, with commentary on why she loves to compete in the highest pressure situations.

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Kassie Mowry getting a mare and foal checked at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital

 

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Sara Moylan getting a 6am workout in before taking the kids to school and heading to SheFit Apparel’s office.

Racer’s Edge also stopped by a historic feed elevator in the small town of Morrice, Michigan which happens to be the home of Oxy-Gen products; makers of popular pre-race pastes and pellets like Focus and Oxy Max. Their employees work together as a close-knit family whose dedication to quality begins just up the road where they farm and harvest all the base ingredients in their supplements.

Troy Parmalee, the mill’s manager at Oxy-Gen seeds a variety of base ingredients for the 2017 crop season

Our passion is barrel racing and we believe barrel racing isn’t just a sport; it’s choosing to live a life full of moments both inside and outside the arena. It’s our job to share these moments. Sometimes there are occasions of defeat, only to be outweighed with moments of triumph, realizing how far you have come, and how far there is to go. Season Three is shaping up to raise the bar of all our previous seasons. We hope you join us Wednesdays on RFD-TV at 8:00 PM & 12:00AM Eastern.

 

 

Always Have A Plan

As barrel racers, we are pretty accustomed to late night drives, a trailer full of horses, and our only travel partner being a small fuzzy dog or maybe no one at all. As independent as we all are, it’s rare that you talk to someone that hasn’t been in an uncomfortable situation while traveling. Whether that be at a truck stop late at night, or on the side of the road with a flat tire, unfortunately the nature of the beast of barrel racing exposes you to these situations from time to time.

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Racer’s Edge invited back special guest, Joshua Morton, owner/trainer of Canine Tactical for some insight on being aware of our surroundings and suggestions on how to avoid uncomfortable or potentially dangerous travel situations. Joshua’s expertise comes serving more than eight years as a United States Navy SEAL and Canine Operator.

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He served during five deployments in Iraq and has extensive first-hand experience on numerous missions. Joshua now trains police and home protection dogs, plus civilian tactical courses.

 

 

 

Former NFR Qualifer, Terra Bynum joins our host Dena Kirkpatrick and horse trainer, Teri George to spend a day with Joshua. He helped put things into perspective and pointed out many safety measures that most people take for granted. Joshua stressed to the girls to have a plan! It’s harder to be a victim of an attack if you are prepared and aware of your surroundings. In a world where we are engulfed in social media and technology, it is easy to let distractions compromise our awareness.

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The day’s subject matter was serious, but not short on laughs. Teaching Terra the art of the “Throat Punch” was something to be bestowed. Our only regret is that Racer’s Edge is just 30 minutes in length. On behalf of all of us here at Racer’s Edge, Dena, Terra, Teri and all of the passionate Patriots in and outside of the barrel pen – Thank Joshua Morton for your years of service – past, present and future! We had a great day.

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Orange Police Dept. and Franklin County Sheriffs Office hosting Canine Tactical seminar.

Racer’s Edge episode with Joshua Morton airs Wednesday, September 21st at 8:00PM & 12:00AM Eastern Standard Time on RFD-TV.

 

 

 

 

For Contact:

Hannah Haugen

hhaugen@equibrand.com

 

If the Shoe Fits

One of the most respected and sucessful event professionals in the nation, Kimberly Gora, changes from her corporate high heels into her boots every night to ride and compete on “Sixx”

If you tuned in last week for our episode with Winter Guesman, you got a sneak peak at our subject of this week’s episode, Kimberly Gora. As we learned, Kimberly and Winter met through a horse and like Winter, Kimberly leads a double life, one in the corporate world and one in the arena.

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Kimberly Gora riding with friend Winter Guesman at Henderson Saddle Club

Host Dena Kirkpatrick and Kimberly became acquaintances when she attended a clinic of Dena’s last year. Kimberly’s story is very unique, unlike anyone’s we have told on the show before. She did not grow up around horses, in fact her first encounter with the sport of barrel racing was at age 40.

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Dena Kirkpatrick with Kimberly at Spago in Las Vegas

Kimberly grew up in Huntington Beach, California on the sand far from the dirt of a rodeo arena. After finding her way to her career in hospitality and events, Kimberly found herself uprooting her life from California and moving to the bright lights of Vegas to take the Assistant Director of Conference Services/ Catering Sales position with the opulent Caesars Palace®. From her leadership and success in that position, Kimberly was given the opportunity to go on board with the Wolfgang Puck Restaurant Group in 1999, and the rest is history. Now an Associate Partner and Director of Catering and Sales, Kimberly has conducted intimate affairs to extravagant galas for the most elite, VIP clientele in the world from Presidents, professional sports teams, to Forbes A-list billionaires. Whatever Kimberly has set her mind to, she has accomplished ten fold, and that determination is  transferring over to her barrel racing as well.

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Kimberly Gora with Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group Executive Chef, Eric Klein
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Spago- first restaurant opened by Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas in 1999

After accompanying her Grandfather to the races as a kid, she became enamored with horses but had never had the opportunity at any hands on experience. She starting riding lessons just 6 short years ago, and like most of us, Kimberly was hooked. Not knowing how to saddle or drive a truck and trailer at first, Kimberly challenged herself and dove in head first. She has had a couple of step-up horses who taught her a lot. But now she owns an open rodeo horse, “Sixx”, whom she competes on at jackpots and rodeos.

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Kimberly with “Sixx”

One of the great aspects of barrel racing discussed in Kimberly’s episode, is that no matter what walk of life we come from, everyday presents a challenge. We are either challenging ourselves as riders or our horses to be at the best of our ability, and most of the time we are working on both simultaneously. We all share a common thread of competitiveness and passion. For some, our passion was cultivated at a young age innately, and for some it was found later in life by happenstance. The love of horses brings something into one’s life you cannot explain in words. It becomes apart of who you are and your existence and I think we all can vouch that horses have helped us trust and build confidence in ourselves in ways we didn’t even know we needed. It’s an everyday commitment and provides a constant in the hectic lives we lead. That’s why we love Kimberly’s story so much, she came by the sport unconventionally and is successful in a demanding career in the city, but shares the same love and passion that we all feel for the sport and our horses. She is all in, all the time… and we’d have to argue there is no better way to be!

 

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