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Better Barrel Races World Finals

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By Krista Lucas

Oklahoma State Fair Park, located in Oklahoma City, Okla., plays host to major equestrian events year round. April 22-26 was a memorable weekend for barrel racers of all ages, when the world’s largest and richest barrel race came to the fairgrounds.

The 12th annual Better Barrel Races World Finals drew nearly 2,000 competitors over the course of five days. With a $50,000 added qualifiers jackpot, futurity, super slot race, gold card and youth race, new members and non-qualifiers race, and even the first American qualifier race of the year, there was something for everyone to pick from. Winners would get to take home amazing prizes including saddles, buckles, and a lot of cash.

Barrel racer Kim Couch of Rattan, Okla., lit the opening rounds of the finals on fire on her horse Easy French Alibi.  Each contestant is given two runs, with the top 30 in each division of the two rounds moving on to the final round of 300. Couch won both rounds, qualifying her for Sunday’s short go in the number one spot. The top 300 are awarded a commemorative felt back number to wear during Sunday’s finals. Couch received the number one to wear on her back. To read more pick up the June 2015 issue of North Texas Farm & Ranch.

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The American

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By Krista Lucas Wynn

The American Western Weekend on March 8-9 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, was a weekend full of rodeo competition that fans looked forward to for the past 10 years. The night of the American rodeo is something cowboys and cowgirls have worked hard for, in order to have a chance to win a $1,000,000 prize.

The top five from the 2023 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo were invited to compete alongside five contenders. The invitees were vying for a $100,000 paycheck for first place, and if a qualifier won their event and was the only qualifier to do so, he or she walked away with $1,000,000.

In the bareback riding, Kade Sonnier, Keenan Hayes, Jess Pope, and Tilden Hooper made it out of the long round of 10 to advance to the final four-shootout round. WNFR qualifier, Sonnier, made a 90.5-point ride on Agent Lynx to win the $100,000.

To read more, pick up a copy of the May issue of NTFR. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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The Cowboy Culture

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By Phillip Kitts

The mystique and imagined glory of the rodeo road call many young people’s names. As they grow up, they watch the greats of the sport run from rodeo to rodeo and occasionally land on the television giving the perception of the rockstar lifestyle.

No, the glory of the rodeo road is not as grand as, say, the National Football League or the National Basketball Association, but being an athlete competing in front of the yellow chutes of Vegas is just as big a deal, and in every way, can be compared to competing in a Super Bowl.
However, things sure are different in the rodeo world. Let us take a minute and talk about what seem to be simple things in life that impact rodeo and rodeo athletes that in no way would make a difference to the big-money sports.

To read more, pick up a copy of the April issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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The Danger of Lower Limb Wounds of Horses

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By Garrett Metcalf, DVM

It is common for horse owners to have a horse with a wound or laceration at some point in their life. Sometimes small lacerations can be perceived as benign, inconsequential problems that do not need immediate veterinary attention and are managed by the owners or trainers initially. Unfortunately, these simple-looking wounds can involve very important anatomical structures that can lead to serious infections that can be life-threatening or, at best career-limiting, for the horse.

Large wounds tend to get all the attention from owners or trainers because when they occur they are so obvious and visually appalling that medical attention is sought almost immediately. Those types of large wounds can be devastating, but they often involve the upper body regions of the horse, which heal better and often don’t involve structures such as joints or tendons.

To read more, pick up a copy of the March issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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