At the early age of 4 I was introduced to horses. My parents purchased an 18 year old paint mare named, Bryants Lady. Lady taught me how to ride and care for a horse. After 2 years of walking dirt roads I was ready for the horse show world...or so we thought. We quickly realized that we had a lot to learn. I joined 4-H and the local horse club and started showing halter, English, western, and speed events. I continued to show the in all of the events but my main focus had become barrel racing. I joined NBHA when it was founded in 1993 and qualified for the Open World and Youth World shows. In 1989 my dad purchased an 18 month old sorrel overo mare, named Victoria Cardinale, for $850.00. Nobody else wanted this mare because she was small and had rain rot or some type of fungus but my dad bought her anyway. We broke her and then sent her to a western pleasure trainer for 2 years. She picked up a few APHA points in pleasure but she just didn't take to it so I decided to turn her into a barrel horse. In 1991 she was turned away by a barrel horse trainer because she didn't "see" potential in her so we decided to see what we could do with her. Keep in mind there were very little training videos (internet, clinics, etc) back then so we were training off of what we had observed. In 1992 she won her first APHA World Championship in the Stake Race and in 1993 she won the 13 & under barrel racing at the APHA World Show. At the end of her career in 2006 she had earned 6 APHA World Championship and 4 Reserve World Championships, numerous NBHA World Show qualifications, multiple saddle wins, and much more. Magnolia Farm is the house that Victoria built!!! I could go on and on about the awards I have to show from Victoria but the most important thing she taught me isn't sitting on a shelf or saddle stand. That mare taught me how to win and what it meant to be consistent and do my job as a rider. She wasn't always the fastest horse but I could count on her to do her job every time we entered the arena. Today, every horse I train I strive for that same feeling....consistency.