2019 Barrel Racing Goal Setting Workshop

With 2019 nearly here, I thought it would be appropriate to go through the barrel racing goal setting workshop. There is nothing like the new year to set some new goals that will help bring your barrel racing dreams closer to reality. I encourage you to go through this workshop, following each step as instructed. You may be presently surprised next December when you see how many things you have achieved!

Barrel Racing Warm Up Etiquette

A barrel racing warm up can better be called a swirling vortex of death. Crazy horses ridden by even crazier women are forced together in an often small enclosure, working out the quirks and kinks prior to making their runs. To anyone new to the sport it can be horribly intimidating. And, even if you have been around the sport for some time, it can be dangerous.


But it doesn’t have to be that way. Cutters warm up their horses in a very respectable and controlled manner. Why can’t a barrel racing warm up be the same?


If you are a barrel racer, please read on. There is no reason why we can’t emulate the cutting world. If everyone followed the below rules, the barrel racing warm up situation would be much safer and saner!

5 Things I Learned from Watching the 2018 NFR Barrel Racing

This year I watched the NFR barrel racing every day without fail. I was entranced by every single run and could hardly contain my excitement each time I watched it. Those girls and horses are beyond talented and I can only hope to be even half as talented as they are some day.


As I reflect on the NFR barrel racing this year I couldn’t help but notice that there are some things that I have realized after watching it. Beyond the fact that those horses are incredible and those girls are talented riders, there were some additional realizations that I made this year that I think would be of value to those of you who also take part in the sport.

5 Reasons to Attend a Barrel Racing Clinic

This Christmas I have asked anyone that plans on giving me a gift to just give me cash so that I can attend a barrel racing clinic. I am just getting back into the sport after a four year hiatus and feel like this would be a great way to kick things off in the right direction. Furthermore, even if I wasn’t coming back from a break and had been barrel racing all along, I still feel like it would be beneficial for me to attend a barrel racing clinic.


If you have never attended a barrel racing clinic, or have not been to one in a while, I highly encourage you to sign up for one. There are so many great clinicians out there now and they can make an unbelievable impact on your results in the competition arena.


Don’t believe me? Consider these five reasons why you should attend a barrel racing clinic.

Tips for the Nervous Barrel Racer

This week I have decided to discuss some tips for the nervous barrel racer. Why? I am a nervous barrel racer myself and thought that, if these tips could be of use to me, then maybe they could help someone else out. Below I have compiled various tips from many barrel racers on how to calm your nerves. These tips have worked for other barrel racers and my hope is that they can help you, too.

Box Breathing for Nervous Riders

In a recent post I discussed box breathing and how I was going to commit to practicing it twice a day. The purpose of this was to help calm my nerves. As I mentioned in that post, I have a tendency to get a bit anxious in certain situations on my horse. My hope is that practicing box breathing will give me a bit more control over my nerves.


I fully expect that many of you do not know what box breathing is. However, if you are an anxious rider, I encourage you to read on. Box breathing can be a great way of not only reducing anxiety but also increasing performance and concentration.

4 Ways to Get Out of a Barrel Racing Slump

Not a single barrel racer on earth is immune to going through a barrel racing slump. If you compete long enough in the sport, it is going to happen at some point or another. It will happen even if you are a world champion barrel racer with a hundred belt buckles in your trophy room.


However, what separates the okay barrel racers from the great barrel racers is their ability to overcome a barrel racing slump. The great ones recognize it, address it and move forward. They don’t let it get them down and mess up the achievement of their goals. It is acknowledged as a necessary hurdle on the way to success.


Are you currently going through a barrel racing slump? Don’t despair. There are simple strategies to get through it and onto bigger and better things.

7 Steps to Become a Better Barrel Racer

If you compete in barrel racing, you need to work everyday on becoming a better barrel racer. The sport is becoming more and more competitive and, if you aren’t constantly working at it, you will be left in the dust. And it’s not just enough to work hard. That hard work needs to be concentrated very specifically into activities that will have the greatest impact on your performance in the arena.


Wondering what you need to be working on in order to become a better barrel racer? No worries. I’ve got you covered.

Strong in the Saddle: Strength Training for Barrel Racers

Strength training for barrel racers is so important. We put a lot of emphasis on our horses and their athletic performance but we rarely think of our own athletic performance. It takes a certain level of fitness to be a successful barrel racer. Yes, you can get away without being out of shape if you want to barrel race but, if you want to win, you better shape up.


That is where my Strong in the Saddle series comes into play. If you want to ride your horse so that he can perform at the best of his ability, then read on. The Strong in the Saddle series will tell you exactly what you need to do in order to be an athlete in the saddle.


In this first installment of the Strong in the Saddle series, we will discuss strength training for barrel racers.