Eeee we are SO close to The Best of the Best in Ohio Charity Slot Race AND September Showdown! Remember, the show starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and it’s WESTERN DRESS CODE : ) This will make your photos look infinitely better and will make us (and Brent Puhl!) very very happy!
I’ll be getting everyone’s interviews up before the race, just hang tight! I’m heading to a photo shoot today (DANG REAL JOBS!) but if you need anything or have any questions, get at Dawn, Clea or I on Facebook!
And now, we’ve got our very own veteran riding in our slot race. Don’t forget to thank Ms. Baili Brown for her service while you’re cheering her and Blue on Saturday!
Tell us about the horse you’re riding.
The horse Im riding is MJ Sweet Valentine (aka) Blue. She is a 7 year old blue roan. Out of Box Elder Roan and MJ Flips Valentine.
What has been your horse’s biggest win this year and of all time?
This year the biggest win Blue & I have had was winning the NBHA show at Serenity Farms in August out of over 200 head. Blue and I have only been running as a team for 2 years in November so our all time so far winning would be getting Reserve Champion in Amateur Barrels at the Congress 2011.
What’s your ultimate goal in barrel racing?
My ultimate goal in barrel racing is to always improve, stay safe, and have FUN!! Everytime Blue and I run we keep getting better. This mare has a heart bigger then anything I know, and she opens up for me and we have faith together to always do better.
What saddle do you ride?
I ride in a Angel Kisses Ammerman!
What bit is in your horse’s mouth?
Blue runs in a twisted wire combination.
What supplements do you feed?
Fasttrack, Lysine & Ultium
What won’t you leave home for a barrel race without?
I dont leave home without my horse, or tack. Im very forgetful so I have to always make a list and check it double or triple times.
To whom do you owe most of your success?
I owe most of my success to my mom! If it wasnt for her always believing in me and working I wouldnt be where I am today. I also owe great thanks to the late Gerald Piatt, an amazing man, friend, grandpa and horseman. Over the years he taught me almost everything I know now, and I know he is always watching from above when I run cheering us on. The military for shapping me into the person I have become. & Sevi Torturo for raising, training, and eventually letting go and selling me Blue and believing in her!
Tell us one fun fact about your horse.
Blue is a mare through and through. Whenever Im saddeling her she acts like she is going to bite, but instead of trying to bite me (which she never would) she bends down to try and bite my mom who is putting on her boots.
What charity is closest to your heart?
The charity that is closest to my heart is the Wounded Warrior Project!! As I am a Veteran and come from a long line of service family members and friends. Founded in 2003, WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.