Originally from the East Coast, this cowgirl put the barrel-racing world on notice when she used her rookie year to dominate the barrel racing standings in the International Professional Rodeo Association. Her season ended with a world title, a rookie of the year award, and a whole lot of dreams come true. But if you’re wondering how an International Finals Rodeo rookie handled the pressure of one of the biggest rodeos of her career, read on, to see what was going through her head during the four go-rounds of the IFR in Oklahoma City.
Take us through each round, run by run. Describe how your run went.
The first round was very nerve racking, I was really nervous and I hardly ever get nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. I rode Dink in the arena on Thursday; he felt good and seemed to be comfortable in there. He varies on how you ride him depending on the ground. When I rode him Thursday the ground seemed good and soft and not too hard. But by the time it was time for the barrels it got packed down and was a little harder and I didn’t notice it. I was first out and I let him really run to the first barrel and he went to the wall but the 2nd and 3rd were decent. They won it with a 15.3 and I was 15.50, one hole out of placing. I was kind of excited because he didn’t run far off the pace and we had a horrible first barrel.
In round two on Saturday afternoon I changed my game plan and got rid of my nervousness, I was going to go