Barrel Racing Articles

Fire Fly; Ranch Bred, Raised and Trained Makes NFR

January 4, 2022
Ruth Nicolaus

A ranch-raised and trained horse was among the barrel racing mounts at the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Frenchman Fire Fly, “Fire Fly,” was bred by B-P Quarter Horses, Bob and Peggy Welsh, Gillette, Wyo., and is ridden by their daughter, Amanda Welsh. Bob got Fire Fly’s grandmother, Special Rocket, whose bloodlines included Idaho Special […]


Apollo the Badlands Rising Star Horse of the Year

January 3, 2022
Ruth Nicolaus

Summer Kosel has a horse that she says is “blessed by the blood of Jesus.” FirewaterFrenchFame, “Apollo,” a seven-year-old gelding, carried his jockey to her first Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo qualification in October, and to a top 50 finish in the WPRA 2021 world standings. Raised by Carol Warren of Oregon, he was purchased by […]


What a Guy

September 29, 2021
Ruth Nicolaus

An iconic horse passed away on August 13 of this year. Frenchmans Guy, the palomino stud owned by Bill and Deb Myers of St. Onge, S.D. died at the age of 34. The horse changed the rodeo world and the Myers’ world as well. Sired by Sun Frost and out of the Laughing Boy mare […]


Sky is the Limit

September 1, 2021
Ruth Nicolaus

A very special horse changed the course of Nikki Steffes Hansen’s life. Because of Sky High Guy, the South Dakota barrel racer is training horses and competing on them instead of being a dentist. This year, she’s decided to retire the seventeen-year-old palomino from professional competition. She and Sky’s paths crossed when he was a […]


Making a Barrel Horse: Almont, ND Jackpot

March 30, 2021
Jenn Zeller

In my continuing series on making a barrel horse, I wanted to share my latest run. My mare is now 7, and we spent most of last year clocking in the 4D and 5D respectively. For those of you not in the world of barrel horses – that means she was running 2 – 2.5 […]


A Different Kind of Covergirl

February 14, 2021
Ruth Nicolaus

The 2020 Montana Circuit WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year award has gone to a model. Well, the ten-year-old bay mare may not be a model, but her name is Covergirl, and if you could ask her, she’d probably agree that her moniker fits her. The horse is owned and ridden by Lindsay Kruse and […]


Making the Bed in your Living Quarters!

January 29, 2021
Jenn Zeller

Making the bed in your living quarters can be one of the most daunting of tasks. But never fear. I have a brilliant friend that came up with this great idea a couple years ago, and she finally made a video showing us how she did it! Say Hello to the “no-sweat method”. You can […]


Ratey Vs Non- Ratey Barrel Horses

January 19, 2021
Jenn Zeller

How do you help a ratey barrel horse free up? How do you help a free-runner, rate up? Here are my tips. Happy trails and happy training!


Collection Part 2/3

December 30, 2020
Jenn Zeller

We’re covering more ground in our series on collection today! A couple things to note — in the video below: Cosmo wasn’t perfect with her lateral flexions. We are still working on those, and eventually they’ll become just right. But I won’t pick at her, because that will ruin all the try this mare has. […]


Collection From the Back, Part 1.

December 28, 2020
Jenn Zeller

What do the basics of collection look like? Well, I’ll show you below! This is a continuation of part 1 of our 4 part series!


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