Where are you from? I am orginally from Grand Rapids, Ohio but being in the military and be married to a military member we move often but we are now settled in Hodgenville, KY
When did you start barrel racing? I started in 1994 in Germany of all places.
Are you involved in any other equine events? I use to start horses when younger and showed western pleasure and driving, now mostly just barrel race.
Who or What got you started barrel racing? I was at a Rodeo in Germany and thought hey I can do that. LOL
On the road things sometimes happen. Do you have an unusual or funny story? The very first time I went around a barrel was at a Rodeo in Germany, I fell off at the first barrel. Guess wasnt as easy as I thought.
What was the name of your favorite horse and tell us a little about it. Tell us a little about it. I would have to say Odie, he was a little gray arab that taught me playday events and polebending. I bought him in 1996. Sold him to little girl that did very well on him.
What are some of the events that you have won (or races that stand out in your mind)? When in Germany in 94 I placed 4th over all in the barrel racing in the ERCA, not bad for someone who didnt have a clue.
Over the years have you noticed any changes in barrel racing what are the good or bad you’ve seen? I really like the larger money shows even though I dont go to very many because they seem to be mostly in OK, and TX.
What is do you think of an equal pay out 4d? I like it being a 3d/4d rider, sometimes 2d but not often. I can see where 1d riders get upset but we pay just as much as they do to barrel race.
Do you think of yourself as a professional barrel racer? NO! LOL.
If your not a professional barrel racer what do you do for a living? Right now I am a full time student working on a BS in Accounting plus do a workstudy with the VA.
Who is your favorite barrel racer or barrel racers? I have so many but really enjoy watching Jordan Peterson
Do you have any advice for anyone just starting out in barrel racing? Get help from someone who knows barrelracing and dont buy a horse you are not ready for.
Do you think barrel racing should be limited to women only? No I get my butt kicked by men of all ages here in KY.