This episode is different from all our previous as we weren’t visiting with a barrel racing professional, but rather a scientist from Silicon Valley! Christa hails from an extensive background in Biotechnology. Christa has always been a lover of horses despite not growing up with them. There came a time recently where she realized she was at a place in her life she could in fact have a horse, and her passion blossomed from there.
After going through a registration process with one of her stallions getting a DNA test, Christa was disappointed with the difficulty, insufficient information, and expense of the process. With her extensive background in science and research, she had an idea to bring forth an easier, less expensive commercially funded equine genetic research project that could combine all the currently available genetic testing (color, diseases, etc) and combine it into a simple panel. She reached out to her friend, Stanford University Professor of Genetics and Founding Director, Dr. Carlos Bustamante (who happened to also own Pasa Fino horses) if this idea could hold water. He quickly agreed to join and asked Dr. Samantha Brooks to come on board as well. Dr. Brooks at the time was an assistant professor at Cornell University responsible for the Equine Biology and Management program and is an active competitor in eventing. She now is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida in Equine Physiology.
Now with a dream team assembled, it was time to research. In 2015 Christa sent off her first emails out to friends and close colleagues asking for horse hair samples for a trial run…the rest is history! Etalon now has a laboratory and storefront and offers two comprehensive DNA panels at two different price points:
To order a DNA Sample from Etalon is easy! Simply visit their website etalondx.com/services and you can order your DNA panel from there! Be sure to use code: REVIP20 for $20 off theEtalonDx DNA MiniPanel. Check out the video below to see how to collect your horse’s DNA sample.
A helpful hint: do not put the hair in a plastic bag! It can contaminate your DNA sample. Paper will not bother it!
We were really excited when we were able to get Dona Kay Rule and Phil Haugen together for episode fifteen. Both from Oklahoma, these two equine professionals have been longtime friends and both have had a hand in the journey of a very special horse named High Valor. This story is a great one and we appreciated having a hand in telling it!
Dona Kay Rule
While some may have not known who Dona Kay was until the 2019 season upon her first NFR qualification, she has been a long time extremely successful horsewoman, barrel racing producer, horse trainer, and business owner for many years! Hailing from the small town of Minco, OK in Central Oklahoma, she has qualified to the 2019 NFR at 61 years young on her great 10 year old gelding, High Valor, she is an inspiration to all of us! Valor was also voted the 2019 Purina Horse of the Year.
Valor’s professional career took off after an unfortunate accident leaving Dona Kay’s first string horse “Juice” injured, consequently putting Valor in the position to step up to the plate. Valor was bred and raised by Lana Merrick, additionally she sent him to Phil Haugen as a two year old to start and be trained. Lana sold Valor to Dona Kay when he was five years old, and Dona Kay has dedicated the past five years to training him, seasoning him, and finishing him on the pattern. The rest…is history! We wish Dona Kay the best of luck at the 2019 NFR and we will be looking for Juice in the grand entry.
These are the runs from Valor’s first big win in Waco, TX at the D&D Barrel Race with Juice winning 2nd!
Phil Haugen has trained over 1,000 horses for the public with a training career spanning over 30 years. Based out of Weatherford, OK, horses that have gone through Phil’s training program have exceeded earnings over $1M. One of those horses in particular was High Valor. “Valor” went through Phil’s training program as a two year old while he was owned by Lana Merrick.
Phil has developed a unique training style based on his experiences in and out of the competition arena. His training program is focused on those fundamentals and his keen understanding of how to progress a horse in its training while mentally keeping that horse in a trusting, secure and confident state of mind. Phil’s philosophy is to train through understanding and that starts with a simple, common sense approach. He does this by building a solid foundation to to help each horse reach it’s full potential by focusing on effective and proven techniques helping the horse understand the response you are asking for, which in turn builds their confidence and yields success.
Today Phil is still currently training for the public, keeps a full clinic schedule, and has started his own podcast; Be Your Best Horsemanship! It’s available across all podcast platforms.
In Episode 14 we visit with PRCA Great Lakes Circuit Barrel Racing Rookie of the year, Kylie Dalchow, and professional barrel horse futurity trainer Ryann Pedone. We enjoyed getting their individual perspectives on various aspects of competition! Coming from different arenas (futurity & rodeo) and not having met prior to this interview, it was a refreshing conversation regarding horses, the sport, mental toughness, and training!
A native of Florida, after graduating college with a finance degree Ryann moved to Texas to pursue her passion of raising and training barrel futurity horses. Ryann has had a phenomenal career raising and training many horses that have gone to the pay window. With over $1.2 Million in Equistat earnings to date, Ryann landed in the prestigious list of Top 10 Riders of the Decade. It is safe to say at the age of 35, her future looks bright.
Ryann currently has a horse operation with over 80 head consisting of broodmares, colts, customer horses, and her own stallion she raised and trained. Ryann stands her stud Johnny Reb Jackson, aka Jackson, at HighPoint Performance Horses. He is an outcross black stallion by Confederate Leader out of the great dam Cause For a Kiss. She will begin campaigning his babies in 2021. Jackson is a Pink Buckle and Ruby Buckle Stallion!
Feel The Sting
Dash Ta Fame x MP Meter My Hay aka ‘Stingray’, PC Frenchmans Hayday
As mentioned in the episode, a big part of Ryann’s mental game is reading and “keeping things in perspective”. We were happy to get Ryann’s list of top reads for mental performance and her favorite nonfiction American history.
Kylie may only be eighteen years old, but she has already had quite the barrel racing career! This year she was crowned the Great Lakes Circuit Rookie Title along with placing 7th overall in the Rookie standings. In her spare time, she creates content for her YouTube channel, where she documents her journey traveling the country and competing in professional rodeos as well as competing on young horses and outside horses. She has had a lot of success at the high school, amateur rodeo, and now at the professional level. We know her future is very bright!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Be sure to catch “Live with Lucia” at 1 pm daily at the Stetson Country Christmas at the Sands Expo December 6-16!
“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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
GOALS, MOTIVATION & TIME MANAGEMENT
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.”
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. 🙂
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
“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.”