Horses have always been a huge part of my life, having been put on a horse before I could walk. Growing up we were always doing something with horses. My early years were spent just riding with my family on the farm. I can still remember riding in a western saddle that was way too big for me....I couldn’t even reach the stirrups!
As I got older I did a few show hunter and A & P Events but my real passion was barrel racing. I was bought up in Rodeo and was going along with the family to support my brother Dave when I was just 5 years old – Dave won 15 NZRCA Saddle Bronc Titles, as well as a Steer Wreslting title and I always remember asking him for one of his buckles to wear when I was about 12 years old – He told me that he would lend me one of his Aggregate buckles but if I wanted the real McCoy I would have to win that myself!! And so the journey began!
I was lucky enough to start my barrel racing career on Carmel Wright’s horse Rio – Both Rio and Carmel taught me so much and I will be forever grateful. I was runner up Rookie in 1990 as well as making The NFR in that same year on him. So many awesome memories! It certainly made all those early morning rides before school worth it
When I won my first title on Casey in 1994 it gave me great pleasure to give my brother Dave back his buckle!
I have since won 6 NZRCA Barrel Racing Titles and 3 Barrel Racing Horse of the Year Awards on 3 different horses and they have all been special to me.
Being able to bring the best out in my horses and develop them to their full potential is one of my passions. In fact with Pep I was told on more than one occasion “that this horse didn’t seem to have what it takes to make it in the Barrel Racing World.” But I knew deep down that I did have a good horse under me. Well we did prove the critics wrong – we developed a great bond and took out the NZ Barrel Racing Title in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006. As well as Pep being awarded the AQHA Barrel Racing Horse of the Year in 2001 and 2004.
Methven is also very special to me having won the 2018 Barrel Racing Title and Barrel Horse of the Year. It’s certainly very rewarding to be able to bring a horse through from a foal and break in and train yourself.
Now I get to share my passion for barrel racing with my daughter and that is certainly very special. Being able to bring our children up with horses and the rural way of life is great.
I love sharing my knowledge and helping both people and horses reach their full potential and find their own competitive edge.