Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Valerie Vansickle-Watson

We are so lucky to draw in so many top horses and riders for this race, and Valerie Vansickle-Watson and Seis So Sweet are NO exception, that’s for sure. Seis So Sweet was the standout futurity mare that earned the Congress Sweeps title in a run off, on top of MANY other big wins. We couldn’t be happier to have this combo in the race, and we’re so lucky that Legend Valley Stables jumped in as a saddle sponsor for The Best of the Best in Ohio Slot Race! Wait til you see these Cactus Saddles, phew are they EVER gorgeous.

Tell us about the horse you’re riding.

SEIS SO SWEET aka Sixey Baby, 5-year-old buckskin mare by Tres Seis out of a Takin On The Cash mare. I haven’t had many outs on her. Lance Graves futuritied her last year, winning over $100K including Fort Smith, Hawki, West Virginia, Junior and Sweepstakes barrels at the Congress, and Reserve World Champion at AQHA World Show. I have had many shoulda been runs this year including second fastest time in the consolation round at Ft. Smith.

What’s your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

I would like to win the Congress someday.

What saddle do you ride?

I ride in a Billy Cook.

What bit is in your horse’s mouth?

Six runs in an o-ring.

What supplements do you feed?

Extruded soybean meal and Big Dee’s K&C powder.

What won’t you leave home for a barrel race without?

I always use the same reins on a horse, each horse has their own set of reins.

To whom do you owe most of your success?

My parents. They are always there for me no matter what they’ve always supported me and helped me through everything!

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse.

Six is a very appreciative mare she likes good luck kisses on the nose!

What charity is closest to your heart?

Breast cancer awareness

Best in the Best Ohio Qualifier: Natalie Davidson

Jeter

Like Barbara Jimison, Natalie Davidson isn’t new to The Barrel Racing Blog and isn’t new to The Best of the Best in Ohio Charity Slot Race. This year, she’s qualified two horses for the slot race, and we’re excited to see both Jeter and Willis run Sept. 22. She’s branched out this year to be a top rodeo contender as well as jackpotter, and she’s not even the only Davidson in the race. 

Tell us about the horses you’re riding.

Beduinos Easy Streak(Willis) and Ninnekas Jet (Jeter) . Willis is Beduino on his top side and Streakin SIx on the bottom side. I purchased him a year ago off a friend of ours, it was just kinda of a lucky purchase. Orginally she bought him off of Leslie Willis. Jeter is a son of Ninnekah Bug which is a own son of Bugs alive in 75 and Kitty TE which is a own granddaughter of Azure TE. I have owned Jeter for the past 6 years. Raised and trained by Robin Weaver.

What have been your horses’s biggest wins this year and of all time?

I would have to say Jeter’s biggest accomplishment was IBRA OH State Champ, and the 2011 National Finals was a huge accomplishment for us. In every go he placed in the Top 10 and took me back to the short go to place 6th. In the past 2 years we have had out ups and downs trying to keep him going and sound, but he still seems to pull through when I need him the most. He also won and placed at a few IPRA Rodeos for me and I was tickled to death. For Willis I would have to say his biggest wins were winning a few rodeos and placing at others. With it being his and my first year as a team and his first year ever on the rodeo road he has done great. He has helped me make it into the Top 5 current standing of the MSRA.

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What saddle do you ride?

My all time favorite saddle is my Marlene Eddleman which fits both of my horses perfect. Willis gets the joy of having that one on his back, I ride Jeter in a Martin Crown C, which is very comfortable. It’s only fault is its very heavy.

What bit are in your horses’ mouths?

Willis runs in a divided o ring.
Jeter runs is a 3-inch shank Dutton snaffle with a copper wire wrap.

What supplements do you feed?

Purina Race Ready feed, Hylaronex joint supplement, Adequan, and Fastrack.

What won’t you leave home for a barrel race without?

I will not leave home for a barrel race without my horse ; )

To whom do you owe most of your success?

I owe most of my success honestly to Jeter and my family, without the purchase of him I don’t think I would have made it this far.

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse.

I don’t know if this is fun but don’t try hauling Willis anywhere on the trailer besides the end, and when entering the arena prepare to do the tiger hop.

What charity is closest to your heart?

St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Barbara Jimison

Just jumping onto the barrel racing scene in a big way these past two years, Barbara Jimison has made a name for herself as one of the country’s best up-and-comers. She’s earned titles from Florida to Michigan, and it will only be a matter of time until we begin to see her name popping up in the WPRA standings. (She filled her permit in just two rodeos this spring.)

Barbara Jimison and Miss Secret Memories

Last year, Jimison placed third in The Best of the Best in Ohio Slot Race after her mare C.C. had a major layoff in the month prior to the race. She went on to win the Open the two days following the BOTB, and we’re confident she’ll be a hot item in the Calcutta on Sept. 22. 

Tell us about the horse you’re riding.

She’s a push-style horse. The harder I ride the harder she will run. She is 9 years old. She is out of Leaving Memories and Our Miss Z Whiz who goes back to Zevi. Her registered name is Miss Secret Memories.

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What has been your horse’s biggest win this year and of all time?

Her biggest win this year was winning each round at Ohio’s NBHA State Show. And I would say of all time would either be winning the finals at Great Lakes Nationals in Illionis or winning the Shamrock Showdown in Florida.

What’s your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

My ultimate goal in barrel racing is to compete in ProRodeo and someday make it to the NFR.

What saddle do you ride?

Right now I am riding in a saddle my mom bought me when I was 13 years old from Congress. Its so comfortable and broken in that I love it! I cant wait to get my new saddle from Strayer Saddle Company in a few weeks.

What bit is in your horse’s mouth?

I ride her in a short shank twisted snaffle.

What supplements do you feed?

I feed her Fast Track supplements and the Mega Omega Oil.

What won’t you leave home for a barrel race without?

I won’t leave home without my cowboy hat or my dog Milo. They are both a necessity.

To whom do you owe most of your success?

I would have to owe my mom and dad most of my success. If it was not for them I would not of been able to get to where I am today. They have always pushed and encouraged me to reach my goals and have been behind me 100% of the way.

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse.

CC loves to go swimming in the pond, or in her water trough in the pasture. She’ll stick her whole head in there and slash around. She likes to splash me with water at a show when she’s getting a drink then stick her tongue out at me.

What charity is closest to your heart?

Breast Cancer Awareness is the charity and cause that I support the most. Many people I know family and friends have been affected by this cancer. We have started doing the charity walk in downtown Toledo to help raise money and its an awesome feeling.

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Heather Warnimont-Palmer

Heather Warnimont-Palmer is new to the Best of the Best in Ohio Charity Slot Race, and we’re excited to have this dynamite duo that was beat by only Barbara Jimison at the TOUGH NBHA State Show this year. She’ll be at the WB Ranch Sept. 22 to again run with the state’s best for a chance at BIG prizes, thanks to Chick’s Saddlery, Cactus Saddles, and Charlie 1 Horse Hat Co. (And MANY more!) 

Tell us about the horse you’re riding.
Cowboy’s registered name is Little Bit of Cowboy. He’s an 8 year old gelding out of Zions Sun Lady and he’s by TNT Money Bars by On the Money Red. My mom, Nancy Warnimont and I just purchased Cowboy Jan. 27 of this year and our first show was the end of February so we don’t have a lot of history together yet.

What has been your horse’s biggest win this year and of all time?
We were 1D Reserve Champs in the Open Barrels out of 326 at the NBHA State finals at Circle G this year next to Barbara Jimison.

What’s your ultimate goal in barrel racing?
To win the Sweepstakes at Congress ( not this year though because I didn’t sign up soon enough )

What saddle do you ride?
Billy Cook

What bit is in your horse’s mouth?
Charmayne James 3-peice short shank bit

What supplements do you feed?
GUT and MSM

What won’t you leave home for a barrel race without?
Well, I guess I’d have to say my saddle cause that’s about the only thing I actually haven’t forgotten at some point, lol.

To whom do you owe most of your success?
My mom, my husband and our two boys, Carson and Dalton, for putting up with me dragging them to shows, Rick and Lisa Cox (they trained Cowboy and have given me countless pointers) and Frank Vandeneynde for passing up such a great horse so I could buy him!

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse. 
Every time he meets someone new, he has to put his nose right in their face and smell them. My husband smokes, and when he smelled him for the first time, he did a funny thing with his lips, pulling the corners of his mouth clear back as if he had a bit pulling back real hard on his mouth. I guess that means he hates the smell of smoke, lol. He makes the same face when you hose off his neck close to his head.

What charity is closest to your heart?
American Red Cross because I lost my dad in March of 2010 and I can’t tell you how important it is to have this organization.

Best of the Best in Ohio Qualifier: Janet Kerr

Today kicks off our weeks of interviews with the qualifiers for The Best of the Best in Ohio Slot Race. We’re starting with one of the most consistent horse and rider teams in the state, Janet Kerr and her main man Digger, as well as her young star Jetta! Janet has been a force in Ohio for years with Digger and recently added Jetta to her string, and she qualified on both horses for the slot race.

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She’s running for a Charlie 1 Horse hat, a tricked OuT Cactus Saddle, Chick’s Saddlery gear, lots more goodies, and a WHOLE pile of cash.

Tell us about the horse(s) you’re riding.

Digger – His registered name is FQH Rods Fast Deal, and he’s a 16-year-old gelding. He is a son of Sharp Rodney (A Sharp Leo) and a Deal the Cards mare. I have owned him for the last 8 ½ years and loved every minute of it!! Jetta – Registered name is Nonstop Soldier, she is a 9-year-old black mare. She is an own daughter of Nonstop Firewater and a Nonstop Jet bred mare.

What has been your horse’s biggest win this year and of all time?

Biggest win this year for Digger would have been winning Carrol, Ohio (SEBRA) and Jackson, Ohio rodeos. All time for Digger would not be a “win” but that he is mister consistency, top 5 1D for Ohio IBRA from 2005-2011 with one championship and two reserve championships. Jetta, I have only owned since January, her biggest win this year would be the Hookstown Rodeo but she has also given me several wins at local jackots and I am most proud of her for finishing 6th at the IPRA rodeo in Attica, NY out of 90 some girls!

What’s your ultimate goal in barrel racing?

Ultimate goal, wow that’s hard:) I know everyone wants to make the NFR but I don’t like to drive that much, LOL!! Basically to just have FUN and enjoy the horses and try to do the best I can, would love to try and make a run at maybe the IFR someday if the opportunity ever arises but once again it comes down to I LOVE to barrel race, driving NOT so much!!

What saddle do you ride?

I ride a Double J Pro Racer.

What bit is in your horse’s mouth?

Digger – Runs in a Reinsman O ring and sometimes a twisted wire junior cow horse if the ground is bad or its a huge pen. Jetta – Runs in a ported gag bit that I dug out of a box somewhere, I have no idea what it is but it works!

What supplements do you feed?

Both horses are on Corta Flx and Iron Horse. I also use Jailbreak by Oxy-gen on Jetta before I run.

What won’t you leave home for a barrel race without?

Haha, everyone that hauls with me knows I’m a nervous person so I go through the whole check list before I go down the drive:) My crazy polo wrap collection would be at the top of the list though:)

To whom do you owe most of your success?

I owe a major part of barrel racing success to Tony Miensma, who convinced my parents that I needed to barrel race since I was lapping the pleasure horses, LOL! And then of course my family, my mom and dad hauled me many miles for high school rodeos and everything in between for years when I was younger and basically pushed/supported me to reach my goals!

Tell us one fun fact about you or your horse.

Anyone that knows Digger knows that he is corky, has separation-anxiety issues, doesn’t tie to the trailer the best, cinchy, just plum goofy but I love him. Another interesting fact is that he came from Tony Miensma that got me started in barrel racing and Tony also introduced me to my husband Wayne so…makes ya wonder where I would be without Tony looking out for me:) A fun fact about Jetta, she would much rather be on the road than at home, when most horses start getting that look like “when are we going home” she is like “where we going next”, LOL!! I have never seen such a happy horse on the road:)

What charity is closest to your heart?

St. Judes

On the Road with Dawn and Clea at the Hartford County Fair!

Well it is Friday morning, raining (Thank God) and we are debating on what we are going to do. It is a morning I am not up at 5 and off to the office and a morning Clea doesn’t have to take care of all the critters alone. We gather the BOTB information from the mail box and process the daily paperwork still not knowing if we are headed to Croton.

The rain continues we are still uncertain – Dustin sends us a picture with the arena under water. Jenna Shirey sends the same picture with the caption “Ain’t gonna happen” so we say No Show – I head to the office and Clea is going to run some errands for the day. She gets back home an hour later and Dustin sends another picture… Arena is drying out… Jenna text me and says “it’s not looking bad” So all the work that I was gonna get done would have to wait til Saturday.

I get home we get the little trailer hooked up, Clea tacks a shoe on KC Jane and we are out the drive. NO dogs just horses. I am on the iPad finishing up a couple work items, writing up the Serenity Blog and have the Nelly Navigator GPS ready to go. We chat headed towards some black clouds thinking, man I hope it doesn’t rain. My Nelly Navigation skills are not real sharp today as we totally head the wrong way – because I am on the iPad LOL we get turned around headed the right way and all is good. Then…

We turn onto 657 and we are chatting Clea says “why more people don’t come this way is beyond me” I say “Why?” she says the other way you sit in traffic for hours. As we roll over the knoll of the hill “yep there it is 2 miles of traffic” We laugh, then we laugh more when we look at our gas gauge and it keeps going left. We leave the house at 217 miles to go and we get 60 plus miles down the road and now we 45 miles to go…. something is not right here. So finally get pulled in and parked and for anyone who has been to Croton they know it runs late. PROBLEM – Later than the fuel stations are open. SOLUTION – Dustin and Brandi Whitesel have an uncle on the fair board so we are able to get the fuel truck.

Next problem we have no cash.. That is right we have a debit card but no cash. Oh wait we do have cash Jenna and Brad brought our winnings from Serenity Acres and gave us 2 100 bills. OK so now we have no change so the Losers we are- we borrow money from Bill Watson to get our fuel from the fair man and we are ready to head home once we pick up our winnings.

Even though we have decided we are Losers! We are winners too! Chili took 3rd just behind Anne Johnson and Brad Shirey on Shrek! Brad got both Mission and Shrek in the money winning it on Shrek and getting in on Mission in as well. Annie and her sorrel horse would take 2nd. We were very proud of Chili Bug. KC Jane would also some in to the money. After kissing the fence at the 1st she would end up winning the 2D! Well worth the trip.

We also wanted to let you know to be on the look out for the dynamic dual of “The Whitesels” both Brandi and Dustin had awesome runs! Dustin and his paint horse Romeo are getting their groove on and Brandi and her new horse just keeps getting better and better. We look forward to seeing them in the BOTB in 2013!  Dustin’s run was so sweet even though he pulled over the first barrel.  Later in the evening – after his run you could hear Clea tell Brandi ” You got your self a real cowboy now” Brandi Replied “About Time”  then Dustin rolls in with this two cents ” Tell her honey – I am a cowboy I wear my spurs to bed!”  Several remarks come from the crowd that surrounded us.

All in all Croton Fair is a great place to run! If you ever have the chance to go there it is usually worth the drive. Cheap entry fees, great ground and it pays like a slot machine.

On the Road with Dawn and Clea

Til we meet again! Be kind to everyone!

Dawn and Clea

On the Road at Serenity Acres – The Old Eagles Nest

Serenity Acres August 4, 2012

Well Chels –

A sleepless night and an early start would proof to be a lot for these two gals. Serenity Acres was wells worth the late night. It was in fact a great show. With everyone anticipating a large turn out we were all ready for a long night. We had thought about heading to The Shirey’s Friday night for a swim in the pool and a wonderful dinner. Turns out we could not get away for the night and had to pass on swimming but would find ourselves with full bellies as Jenna brought us lasagna to the show! Jenna Shirey you rock sista! She made our early morning drive worth it and of course it was all Brad’s idea for her to bring it…. Whatever

As we pull in we are happy to see so many people turn out for such a great show. Showing the support for 08 district and the re opening of an old pen. There was a nice breeze and the sun would stay hidden most of the day. Wonderful day to be outside and with people we love!

Joy Patton would be the expo nazi and keep it moving. The show would start on time with everyone ready to ride. The ground was safe and perfect for a barrel race with over 200 head in the open, 80 plus in the youth 40 in the seniors and the warmup would start the day off with over 160 in the class.

After the warm up we would visit with everyone. I would be in a deep conversation with Bill Watson about the Best of the Best when Ellen McKee would come up behind me and tug on my underwear. Now for anyone who knows me that is such an irritation with me when your ass crack is hang in out or your underwear. Well because Brigette Whetnall and the other 75 people who would point out to each other this was happening BUT NOT TO ME I say “Your day will come my little dearies” I thank Ellen for making sure that my crack was safely tucked away once again. It was funny tho! LOL

Clea would find herself setting the 1st barrel at the end of the show and with Tom Theado on the tractor she would find herself in an a most worse position than me when it comes to your butt. Tom hooked the barrel and it flipped to Clea and she was not exactly ready for it… The look on her face was “Oh I almost S^%t” after that had settled down she would find herself in yet another position for the same thing to happen. As we sit talking to some wonderful ladies the first barrel goes down time after time. Clea of course is commenting on how they should keep the barrel up. Just then another horse hits the barrel and she jumps in the arena wile the horse was still in there. Little did she know the horse was taking a tour of the arena and as Clea dusted off her flip flop and turned to come out of the pen she looked up with a deer in the headlight look and her first thought was SHIT. Her 2nd thought was “Did i just?” All is well though. Jenna, Bobbie and Lisa all would laugh after they knew she was ok of course. Clea would sit down to compose herself before we would head to the truck to hit the road.

The Ground

The arena dirt was about as good as any. Tom and Ben did a great job at getting the ground ready and making sure it was safe. They are two of the best for the ground. Thank you gentlemen.

The Arena

Clean facility, nice warm up pen, nice size arena. Plenty of parking, plenty of area to warm up your horses away from the arena. The Serenity Crew put a lot of time in to the arena to get it ready for the show. Thank you

The Riders

It was a strong group of riders. Running on virgin ground it is anyones game and this would prove to be the case. With the warm up class a pen full of fast horses and top horseman it would prove to be Brad Shirey and Shrek a BOTB team that would take the 1st place with posting a 15.5 which would put us at the top of the 2D money on Chil Bug! Thank you Brad.

The Youth Riders would be on fast horses in all the classes. Rachel Stegner would win the youth with Grandpa Doc cheering her on the entire run. Christine Scott would loan her great horse Elvis to Adam Wenrtz and he would ride the blue suede shoes right off him to post a 15.9 to take 2nd! Way to go get it done Adam! Regan Henning would be on her new horse Dreamer and would find herself with a downed barrel but a smoking impressive run none the less. Morgan would redeem herself on her horses by having clean runs all weekend and taking home some money. Peyton Theado would post a 15.9 over the weekend on Tucker but a downed 3rd would get her no check but still a smile with that time. Joy Patton’s lil gal would be on a big horse for the weekend. She did great Joy!

The Seniors would have a good showing in all the classes and would show they are ready for the open to begin!

The Open would bring everyone to the ring for a chance at the $1500 added money It would be a race to the finish with Bali Brown finishing the night with a 15.3, enough to win the open and take home the big money! Congrats to Bali who qualified for the Best of the Best earlier in the year and will be at WB Ranch September 21-23 for the September Showdown.

Bali is a new rider, to us, in the arena and has found a place in the top spot of barrel racing for sure. When you can not only run with but outrun the top riders in Ohio you are going to get noticed. Great Job Bali Happy to say you are one of the Best of the Best in 2012.

The Food

The 08 group provided the food for the weekend, Serenity Acres does not have a food booth at this time but maybe in time we will see one.

All in All

This is a great place to show and meet up with friends and our horse show families to enjoy a clean, safe place to run our trusty steeds and over all enjoy this wonderful life.

We are headed back to Serenity Acres on August 25th for the NBHA 06 show. $1000 ADDED http://nbhaoh06.homestead.com/August_25_2012Serenity_Farms.doc

Hope to see everyone there. Until then Be kind to everyone and for God’s sake if our ass crack or underwear are hanging out anytime please Be A Friend TELL US!

On The Road with Dawn and Clea

Clea and Dawn