PAY DIRT: Petie and I first met in 1997. When I
first saw her I called her Dumbo because of her size, short tail
and floppy ears. She was kind of hot and not very trusting of people.
I knew how talented she was because of her winning futurity record
two years prior with Donnie Reece and Seth Heatherly. It took a
few months, but when we finally grew to trust each other it was
amazing. She had so much try and so much heart. She ran hard and
turned even harder...every time. She truly was a dream horse.
large frame and aggressive style caused many injuries throughout
her career. In 2001, after a 6 week rodeo run, which put me in the
top 15 in the world (I wasnt even in the top 100 going into
the 4th of July weekend), she ruptured a tendon at the Albuquerque
rodeo. It was devastating at the time but I looked forward to breeding
her and competing on her babies. Unfortunately this to was short
lived. After producing 2007 futurity standout REPETE
FAME and DASHIN FOR PAY DIRT, we lost Petie due to
colic complications in 2004. Not a day goes by that I dont
miss her, and I am honored to have two beautiful mares out of her
to carry on her legacy.
I remember falling in love with Moonee long before I ever saw him
run. In 1992 he won the Pineywoods Barrel Futurity for owner/jockey
Seth Heatherly and it was on the cover of the Quarter Horse News.
I think it was the name that I loved. In the spring of 94
I watched him run at the Lazy E derby. I was shocked at how small
and ugly he actually was, but amazed at his ability. Later that
year Seth came out West to run at some of the western futurities
and stayed with my family. He let me lease Moonee and take him to
some pro rodeos. We instantly clicked and placed at most of the
major rodeos in the Wilderness circuit. Seth then guided him to
an impressive win at the World Championship derby in Oklahoma City
and turned the reins back over to me.
first outing in 1995 was the Denver Pro Rodeo. I was intimidated
running against the likes of Sherry Cervi and Kristie Peterson for
the first time, but for Moonee it was just another barrel race.
He placed 4th in the first round and then won the second go, the
short go and the average! That was the beginning of rodeo fever
for me. We qualified for our first NFR but he got injured two weeks
before it started and ended up having to take a year off.
after years of competing, and over $500,000 to his name, Moonee
is retired at my parents ranch in Southern Ca. He is 20 years old
and looks like a million bucks.
FAME: Repete is the first offspring of Hittin
Pay Dirt. Originally, Repetes name was going
to be Hittin Fame, after her dam and sire, Dash Ta Fame. But once
she hit the ground we all started calling her Repete because she
was a spittin image of Petie. When it came time to fill out the
papers for the AQHA it just seemed natural to name her Repete Fame.
died when Repete was just a yearling. At that moment I started to
stress about Repete making a good barrel horse. I wanted her to
follow in Peties footsteps and take her place. I was terrified
of being a failure if she didnt make a nice horse because
she is bred so well. Producing sire, awesome dam
she had to
training process wasnt as easy as I had hoped. She inherited
everything her mom had, large size, heavy feet, clumsy and not very
athletic But luckily she also got her moms tremendous heart
and will to please. Through out her training and her futurity year
we were plagued with slipping and falling. We constantly lost our
confidence only to regain it and win again. Repete ended the year
with over $90,000 won. She had first place finishes at the Walla
Walla, WA furturity as well as The Fizz Bomb Futurity. She has run
two 16.8s on a WPRA standard pattern.
is now 5 years old. Even though I dont have a lot of plans
for her this year, I do hope to get an embryo out of her . I will
also run her at some rodeos throughout the year to get her seasoned.
I am looking forward to the years to come with her and her offspring.
Barney is probably the fastest horse that I have ever competed on.
People are always coming up to me after a winning run saying Wow,
imagine how fast he could be if you would let him run. I will
tell you how fast
probably a no time. And not because he is
bad. He is pretty big and really uncoordinated (he has a broken
hind sesmoid and is diagnosed neurologic). When he really gets to
running he cant physically slow down enough to make the turns.
was given to me as a 2 yr old year because of his injuries. I had
trained and competed successfully on his full brother COUPLES
so I figured that I should give Barney a try. I am very careful
when and where I run him. Last year I only ran him 6 times. He has
still accomplished a lot. I won the Sherrylyn Johnson Invitational
on him. In 2005 he was reserve champion at the BRN4D finals and
came back to win it in 2006. He won the John Deere NBHA super show
people have tried to buy Barney in spite of his injuries and inability
to compete regularly. I cant say that I would never sell him,
but I do know that I would never forgive myself if I saw anyone
abusing him or running him sore. Therefore, he will probably be
with me forever. He is a pretty cool dude and awesome to have around.
years ago I bought his full sister in foal to Metallic Lion. Sadly,
we lost Wilma last fall after she broke her femur. But
we do have her filly Platinum Pritzi. Pebbles
is a gorgeous bay yearling and we are hoping that she makes Uncle
CASH: Speedhorse High Point Champion. Has earnings of
FAME: Multiple futurity, derby and rodeo money earner
including: Reserve WOrld Barrel Futurity Champion; Reserve Fizz
Bomb barrel Futurity champion. Earnings of $160,000+
1990 sorrel mare by Easy Destiny out
of For A Good Time Call
"Mouse" was my first great futurity horse. I got her from my friend
Sue Smith in the fall of her 2 yr old year. I had trained horses in
the past, and won futurities on them, but Mouse took me to the level
that I needed to be. She won and placed at numerous events
including: 3rd at the Lazy E futurity and top ten at the BFA World
Championship futurity. At the end of her 4 yr old year she was 5th
high money winner in the nation for futurity horses. In 1995,
the 5 yr old Pants On Fire helped carry me to my first NFR where she
ran in 6 of the 10 rounds. As good of a barrel horse as she was,
she was showing signs of being an awesome polebending horse
When Mouse was 8, I leased her to Jeana Finlinson, a then AQHA youth
rider from Indiana. Jeana won the AQHA high point in barrels and
poles and won the Sr Poles at the Congress running a smoking 19.1.
I got Mouse back when she was 11 and we tried to breed her for a
couple of years but she lost both of her foals. It was then that I
leased her to Tyla Treasure, a jr rodeo competitor from Southern
California. Tyla won the CJRA barrels and poles on her. After two
years with Tyla Mouse had to be retired due to an injured knee.
These days Mouse resides at my place where she is in retirement with
her longtime best friend Moonee. She is unable to carry a foal due
to her injury, but I do hope to get an embryo out of her next
spring. She had an incredible heart and a lot of try and helped get
numerous jockeys names on the map.