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P68
Reg. Jan 2014
Posted 2014-02-02 6:32 PM (#6929394)
Subject: But. . .they're only teenagers?


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So there were a few young teens (~19) that made the nfr this year, and yet there are riders who will spend their whole life competing and never get to the nfr...What's making the difference -- It's not years of talent because they are only teens right? So are they just rich? Or is there something else I'm failing to see?
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Reg. Nov 2012
Posted 2014-02-02 8:42 PM (#6929491 - in reply to #6929394)
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P68 - 2014-02-02 6:32 PM So there were a few young teens (~19) that made the nfr this year, and yet there are riders who will spend their whole life competing and never get to the nfr...What's making the difference -- It's not years of talent because they are only teens right? So are they just rich? Or is there something else I'm failing to see?

This really just rubbed me the wrong way. What a shallow train of thought. First of all, none were in the their teens, low twenties at the youngest, but that's completely irrelevant to me. Those girls had to work their asses off to be there. Thousands of miles on the road, plenty of up all nights, their share of the bad runs with the good, paying their dues in the practice pen and the years of dedication before qualifying. Having money to go down the road is only a fraction of what it takes to make the NFR, I bet there are plenty of people will oodles more money than those girls who did not make it.
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stayceem
Reg. May 2007
Posted 2014-02-02 8:49 PM (#6929502 - in reply to #6929394)
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Yes I think Taylor Jacobs is the youngest and correct me if I am wrong she is 21.

I think having the financial stability is obviously helpful but thats with anything. Some people are lucky enough to find the horse that fits them and can take them places. Ive been riding my whole life and I have horses that I couldnt outrun a donkey on but others could and then ive done better on some than others could. I think having not only financial support but also moral support for help on the road. Also some people dont have the occupations to travel and hit the bigger rodeos. Or they only have one real competitive horse and it can be done on one but its really helpful to have 2-3 competive horses.

And it all boils down to, some riders are more talented than others. There are many many variables that play into it. Knowing your horse and knowing what arenas they strive in. Getting pro help on draws and entering. Its more than just barrel racing.

I am by now means NFR bound but just observations.
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stayceem
Reg. May 2007
Posted 2014-02-02 8:50 PM (#6929503 - in reply to #6929491)
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BamaCanChaser - 2014-02-02 8:42 PM

P68 - 2014-02-02 6:32 PM So there were a few young teens (~19) that made the nfr this year, and yet there are riders who will spend their whole life competing and never get to the nfr...What's making the difference -- It's not years of talent because they are only teens right? So are they just rich? Or is there something else I'm failing to see?

This really just rubbed me the wrong way. What a shallow train of thought. First of all, none were in the their teens, low twenties at the youngest, but that's completely irrelevant to me. Those girls had to work their asses off to be there. Thousands of miles on the road, plenty of up all nights, their share of the bad runs with the good, paying their dues in the practice pen and the years of dedication before qualifying. Having money to go down the road is only a fraction of what it takes to make the NFR, I bet there are plenty of people will oodles more money than those girls who did not make it.

Like the rodeo girl lady for example

Sorry i couldnt resist. Thats my snarky comment of the day.
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Frodo
Reg. Jul 2004
Posted 2014-02-03 7:07 AM (#6929612 - in reply to #6929394)
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No matter what age you are or how hard you work, money certainly helps.  Not taking away from the hard work, long hours on the road......but c'mon buying talented and expensive horses helps make the road a little less rocky.





 
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angelica
Reg. Apr 2005
Posted 2014-02-03 8:14 AM (#6929640 - in reply to #6929394)
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They are all good riders to be at that level. Every rider at the NFR needs a large amount of money to travel all year around the country. But it is not only the money it is the horse. In barrel racing the horse is what makes or breaks a good rider. If you have a great rider that is lucky enough to come across a great horse you have a chance. It takes a specific type of rider, horse, and the money to go down the road. you have some barrel racers that have a few million in the bank and the best equipment money can buy but they still can't ride well enough to make it. So yes it takes money but it also take true rider!
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jojammer
Reg. Feb 2011
Posted 2014-02-03 9:46 AM (#6929707 - in reply to #6929394)
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It did not rub me wrong. What makes that point valid is that girls with less money have to go through so many more cheap horses to find the one. Girls with more money can pick and choose, and if one doesn't work, just sell it and buy a new one. Of course that doesn't mean they don't work hard, just means they have good horses at their fingertips any time. I think it definitely makes a difference.
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CanCan
Reg. May 2004
Posted 2014-02-03 11:58 AM (#6929828 - in reply to #6929394)
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 Don't forget that new stars rise off of one lucky horse. That seems to be what it takes. After success with one horse, people jump on the bandwagon to send good colts to that person. Doesn't take long for that mediocre rider to have his pick of quality horses.
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P68
Reg. Jan 2014
Posted 2014-02-03 12:17 PM (#6929845 - in reply to #6929394)
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I am trying to understand on purely a factual level. I have said before that I have no doubt those girls deserve to be there for reasons other than money. But horses are not generally a poor man's sport, we know that, hence a fact. The bigger and animal or object (ie house, etc) the more money it will take to maintain. Extra horses and training or amount of rodeos could be a legitimate factor in the sport and that's what I was wondering by that.

However, I like cancan's view and a few of the other comments. I'm starting to think a chemistry must be present for all to fall into place. That's really what it seems to come down to.
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dianeguinn
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2014-02-03 12:29 PM (#6929864 - in reply to #6929394)
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Teenagers can't qualify for the NFR, unless they're 18 or 19....you cannot buy a WPRA card until you're 18. Personally, I think what it takes is a superhorse. Some people luck into one and are also lucky enough to have a good support system to be able to make the NFR. I know Janet Stover sure isn't rich, but she made it there more than once, and I could name several more. Some people never get that super horse, so no matter how hard they work, if they're not mounted on something that can run with them, they're spinning their wheels, no matter how much money they have. If they have the money to buy a super horse, they still have to be able to ride that kind of horse, which let me tell you, is unlike your usual barrel horse. It's like going from a Volkswagen to a NASCAR. Everything happens quicker than you can think about it. So, IMO, you have to be very blessed, lucky, or whatever you call it, to have a great horse, and then be lucky enough to be able to afford going down the road and be able to keep that great horse sound. JMO
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MO gal
Reg. Apr 2008
Posted 2014-02-03 12:34 PM (#6929869 - in reply to #6929394)
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Even with the right horse, money can certainly make the difference in the hauling costs, ability to afford not to work that full-time job, truck & trailer, take care of repairs on the road, etc. That in no way takes away from the hard work it takes to be that caliber of rider and able to keep a horse sound through the rigors of hauling. I suspect that if you dig deep enough, you would find some deep pockets supporting most of the gals hauling that hard.
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NJJ
Reg. Jul 2006
Posted 2014-02-03 12:52 PM (#6929881 - in reply to #6929394)
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P68 - 2014-02-02 6:32 PM It's not years of talent because they are only teens right?

 That statement is a fallacy. Some of these "women" (since none were teens) have been riding horses and competing from a VERY young age. That could be, at the very least, 10-15+ years experience. IMO, the one reason that some make it and not others is NOT money but getting and being able to RIDE the "right" horse.
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Reg. Sep 2005
Posted 2014-02-04 4:21 PM (#6930862 - in reply to #6929394)
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Reg. Dec 2011
Posted 2014-02-04 4:32 PM (#6930865 - in reply to #6929394)
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Money, Luck and Talent in any order, in every event.  some say you make your luck. Your state of mind has a lot to do with it and when you have people behind you making sure things get done and there is enough money to continue on down the road all that support goes a long way to securing a very positive state of mind. 
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mruggles
Reg. Oct 2008
Posted 2014-02-04 4:37 PM (#6930870 - in reply to #6929864)
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dianeguinn - 2014-02-04 11:29 AM Teenagers can't qualify for the NFR, unless they're 18 or 19....you cannot buy a WPRA card until you're 18. Personally, I think what it takes is a superhorse. Some people luck into one and are also lucky enough to have a good support system to be able to make the NFR. I know Janet Stover sure isn't rich, but she made it there more than once, and I could name several more. Some people never get that super horse, so no matter how hard they work, if they're not mounted on something that can run with them, they're spinning their wheels, no matter how much money they have. If they have the money to buy a super horse, they still have to be able to ride that kind of horse, which let me tell you, is unlike your usual barrel horse. It's like going from a Volkswagen to a NASCAR. Everything happens quicker than you can think about it. So, IMO, you have to be very blessed, lucky, or whatever you call it, to have a great horse, and then be lucky enough to be able to afford going down the road and be able to keep that great horse sound. JMO

rules must have changed....cause wasn't fallon 13 or 14 and same with charmayne when they made the nfr??????

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mruggles
Reg. Oct 2008
Posted 2014-02-04 5:11 PM (#6930891 - in reply to #6929394)
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So how come the rule change......I really am just curious....im guessing insurance maybeM
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Reg. May 2007
Posted 2014-02-04 6:17 PM (#6930930 - in reply to #6929881)
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NJJ - 2014-02-03 12:52 PM

P68 - 2014-02-02 6:32 PM It's not years of talent because they are only teens right?

 That statement is a fallacy. Some of these "women" (since none were teens) have been riding horses and competing from a VERY young age. That could be, at the very least, 10-15+ years experience. IMO, the one reason that some make it and not others is NOT money but getting and being able to RIDE the "right" horse.

Yes I am only 24 but have been running since I was 4. Won my first state championship at age 6 (mounted on a very nice horse) but at any rate, I would have 20 years experience. I know up here, we have some really nice youth riders 12-15 (also mounted on nice horses) but they can ride them. Some people have a natural talent in my opinion and some have to work harder for it.
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P68
Reg. Jan 2014
Posted 2014-02-04 7:24 PM (#6930953 - in reply to #6929394)
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Yeah it's interesting to learn about the many different types of riders. And yes there did not used to be an age limit (it is now 18) many of the greats first got to the nfr as teenagers. So it makes me think...if they're supposed to be in school and are not working full time, how do you fund barrel racing? Surely sponsors don't come knocking right away. So I agree with others -- support through others. $family$
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dianeguinn
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2014-02-04 11:27 PM (#6931041 - in reply to #6930870)
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mruggles - 2014-02-04 4:37 PM

dianeguinn - 2014-02-04 11:29 AM Teenagers can't qualify for the NFR, unless they're 18 or 19....you cannot buy a WPRA card until you're 18. Personally, I think what it takes is a superhorse. Some people luck into one and are also lucky enough to have a good support system to be able to make the NFR. I know Janet Stover sure isn't rich, but she made it there more than once, and I could name several more. Some people never get that super horse, so no matter how hard they work, if they're not mounted on something that can run with them, they're spinning their wheels, no matter how much money they have. If they have the money to buy a super horse, they still have to be able to ride that kind of horse, which let me tell you, is unlike your usual barrel horse. It's like going from a Volkswagen to a NASCAR. Everything happens quicker than you can think about it. So, IMO, you have to be very blessed, lucky, or whatever you call it, to have a great horse, and then be lucky enough to be able to afford going down the road and be able to keep that great horse sound. JMO

rules must have changed....cause wasn't fallon 13 or 14 and same with charmayne when they made the nfr??????


I don't remember what year they changed it....I know Fallon was already a member when it was changed, so she was grandfathered in...but it had something to do with child labor laws....because they earn money and are considered professionals. I'm thinking it was in the 90's, but not sure. Memory isn't what it used to be.
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ponderosa32
Reg. Jan 2013
Posted 2014-04-01 5:47 PM (#6968843 - in reply to #6929394)
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The rule change was in 1994 or 1995. The under 18 members at the time were "grandfathered" in. I think It may be in the WPRA rule book.
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