Ride along with Brianna Trepanier & DHR Phoebes Rose (Quill), winners of RFD-TV's The American Semi-Finals Long Go in the Barrel Racing as she explains her journey to claim their biggest win to date - $26,788.
She discusses a topic that many will relate to - the humbling, mentally and physically challenging process of seasoning a rodeo horse. No matter what level you compete at or for however long you've owned your horse - getting to know each other and figure out how to win takes time and patience. Finally getting to the point where you start putting winning runs together and harnessing their speed makes it totally worth the effort!
"I took her to a local track in Tolar, TX, just to build her cardio a bit and give her a change from our everyday routine. That whole ride I think my face looked like a dog's out the car window! She had so many gears I never knew she had! It was awesome!"
Her determination to succeed and work together with Quill got her back in the saddle after an accident where the mare tripped and rolled over Brianna, breaking her ribs and collar bone. She overcame doubt and frustration with preparation and patience and made it all the way to the Top 5 at the biggest one day rodeo in history, #TheAmerican.
"I was 14 when I went and watched the NFR for the first time and that was when I knew I wanted to one day qualify myself. So when I went back in 2008 and saw the NFR souvenir necklace, I bought it as a daily reminder of my goals and to remember to never give up on them."
And she's been wearing it ever since (if you look closely at the last frame, you can see it). We wish her the best as she starts her campaign to qualify for the NFR!
3-2-1 Action Vide / Christy Burleson Photograph / Rockin' M Leathers / Oh Whatta Boy (Athlete)