February: Gage attended the APHA Dixie National Show in Jackson, MS for the first time. He and A Sharper Cardinale won Youth Barrels!!
March: NBHA State Show time in Hattiesburg, MS. Gage and Sharpie won the Peewee barrels and won a nice buckle for their efforts!! I rode AHH Mazing and High Rollin EZ Jetta. Both horses made it back to the finals; Macy in the 1D and Jetta in the 3D. Macy ended up in the 1D and Jetta placed 2nd 3D in the finals. I was very pleased with them both and so was my bank account. :)
April: Lucky Dog time in Starkville MS!! I LOVE this race mainly because its close to home and they have a Future Fortunes race that has been good to me in the past. This year was no different. Macy placed in Round 1 and placed in the Future Fortunes race!!!
May: Time to visit the Cajun state!! Six of us loaded up and headed to LA for the weekend. Seven horses and two barrel races a day two days in a row!! We all had a blast!!
In 2017, as you may have noticed, my focus has taken me in a different direction. Gage is getting better and better with his horses. He joined NLBRA for the second year and ended up placing in 2nd in LW Barrels and Poles, 3rd in Flag Race, and 5th in Goat Tail Untying for ALBRA. He also holds his NBHA card this year for the first time. I currently have one finished barrel horse (AHH Mazing) and I am seasoning two four year olds and a 5 year old. I have found myself veering off the rodeo trail and attending more barrel races and super shows to better season my young horses. I also have many students that are stepping up and showing a huge improvement. I am enjoying watched them all, as well as Gage, grow and learn the sport of barrel racing. With that being said, I find myself staying closer to home to better suit all of our needs.
I have several things planned for the upcoming months and I will try to do more updating here. At this time I am thinking about attending the Mega barrel race in August and Gage will be starting his third year of NLBRA. Still a Little Wrangler contestant, we are going to attend different chapters in order for him to better himself....you are only as good as your competition.