Suzie Dickard

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Where are you from? Shreveport, Louisiana; however I reside in Grand Cane, La., the ole home place of Terry Bradshaw!  My family was not a rodeo family.  After a modeling job I landed for a national magazine I bought my first horse and have never looked back.  He was off the track and I was clueless; but to me, he was EVERYTHING!
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When did you start barrel racing? started running barrels about the 6th grade. A friend had an extra horse and she got me interested. Back then I was just happy to be anywhere near a horse.

Are you involved in any other equine events? No

Who or What got you started barrel racing?  It was my heart that got me started… I had a passion for horses as a young girl. My family thought it was a “faze” I was going through. Well, many, many years later, I am still in the same “faze”

On the road sometimes things happen do you have an usual or funny story? Gina Young was my hauling partner and we ventured out to some pro rodeo’s years ago. I was soooooo scared and would get nervous and was green. But she would make me laugh in the alley before a run when my face was as white as a sheet. WE were in Baton Rouge one year the ground was terrible and everyone was falling, Deb Mohon had led Brown out of the arena and I turned to her with that “pale white” no blood flowing throw my face and she did this clown impression of her brother-in-law and I lost it…. She and I really had some great times. After she won Augusta in ’96 she sold her horse, Cooper; but I am hoping to see her name on the draw list, soon… She was too good to walk away and she is still here for me when I get scared; but thank God I have now got the “pale, deer in the headlight” look behind me…

What was the name of your favorite horse and tell us a little about it.  Strapper… some people call him Scamper, I guess because he is lil and bay…I take that as a compliment… I got him in Dodge City in ’96. My friend Pam had seen him at Cheyenne and I had just had to destroy my other horse…. She thought he would be perfect for me. Srapper taught me how to ride. He came from Brandi Wilson who had won the Clovis Derby on him in ’95. Strapper will be with me forever. He is tattooed on my right ankle!

What are some of the events that you have won (or races that stand out in your mind)?  I had just bought Strapper the summer of “96 and we competed at the state NBHA finals. I had no fear and we won the first round – – that was a great victory for me… That was a great moment for me…

Over the years have you noticed any changes in barrel racing what are the good or bad you’ve seen? The only thing that I have experienced in the sport of barrel racing that is “bad” are some of the elements within…. But that is within any sport…

What is do you think of an equal pay out 4d? I am supportive of equal payout because all the competitor drive the same miles, pay the same fee and invest in their livestock as any other – – It has opened the doors and welcomed new competitors – – that is great for the sport we love so much!!! Besides that, you know prior to the race if it is equal payout and if you don’t care for it; don’t go, simple as that!

Do you think of yourself as a professional barrel racer? I think of myself as a focused student that is in the making of becoming a professional…. There is so much for me to learn and so much I have yet to experience. Our barrel racing family is all ready saturated with the so-called “professional” barrel racers and/or trainers. I am just happy to be here and the day they call my name at the NFR – – I will still be the same professional in the making… If your not a professional barrel racer what do you do for a living?I am a mother in desperate need of a RAISE! I work here on the farm, JB Painthorses helping Mr. Bobby Gay who is the greatest horseman I know. He is the uncle to Terry Bradshaw and ran his farm all my life. He is like my DAD… Who is your favorite barrel racer or barrel racers?I am a mother in desperate need of a RAISE! I work here on the farm, JB Painthorses helping Mr. Bobby Gay who is the greatest horseman I know. He is the uncle to Terry Bradshaw and ran his farm all my life. He is like my DAD…

Do you have any advice for anyone just starting out in barrel racing? Watch who you deal with very carefully…. If you are in the market for a horse and/or trainer – – go to someone that you have heard their name mentioned frequently. Our field offers many qualified, competent trainers that will fit you with a horse and one you can afford… If you can work with someone with a good reputation that has all ready made a name for themselves in our world – that would be my suggestion. Whatever happens — keep the faith within your heart… If you want to be a barrel racer, then work hard to become one…. You can do it!

Do you think barrel racing should be limited to women only? We have some great talent among our fellow male competitors. We have gone to these men in search of our next winner, to assist us with the one we have or work on the rider and not the horse… So, I think our world would be different if it had not been for some great influences from our guys… There are plenty of barrel races and in the end; we are all apart of the same family…