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MATT

SMITH

  • Matt married wife, Sarah on January 29, 2012.

  • He has a master's degree in medical science. 

  • Father, Donald (deceased), and Mother, Vanessa. Brother, Lee Holifield and Sister, Tiffany

  • His brother, Lee Holifield rode bulls at the amateur level

  • Matt's Hobbies include: fishing and Hunting.

  • He makes fishing lures with his friend Thomas Bridges under the name "Redneck Lures"

  • Matt did not start bareback riding until he was 16 years old.

  • He graduated from Union Academy in Georgetown, Mississippi. 

  • Competed in baseball as a pitcher and in basketball as a point guard. He had a scholarship off in baseball from the University of the South (Mobile, Alabama).

  • His favorite rodeos are the All-Florida Championships (Arcadia) and the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Mississippi).

  • Favorite movies are; The Shawshank Redemption and Barbershop

  • Favorite book is the Bible.

  • Favorite food is his grandmother's chicken and dumplings

  1. When did you begin your riding career?

    1. I began riding at the ripe ol age of 1, mawmaws milk can, then I graduated to the rockin horse and at 3 started riding sheep.

  2. Do you have career highlights?

    1. Winning the National High School Finals  in 2005, 3x SE Circuit Champion, 5x Ram National Circuit Finals Qualifier, 9x SE Circuit Finals Qualifier

  3. Do you have a favorite horse?

    1. My favorite horse that I have been on in my career would be the 2x bucking horse of the year DIRTY JACKET. 88 points

  4. Who do you look up to the most in the horse industry?

    1. Mark and Marvin Garret and Bruce Ford because they would always let em fly. Wide open riding style.

  5. What are your professional goals for the future?

    1. To win that coveted GOLD BUCKLE. My main focus is to make the NFR within the next 2 years.

  6. Any advice for those starting out in the industry of rodeo/barrel racing?

    1. Follow your dreams and turn those dreams into a reality! Always believe in yourself! Find a great school and learn the proper techniques from the beginning so you don't form bad habits

  7. Do you have an inspirational quote, saying or scripture that you live by or use to motivate you?

    1. Philippians 4:13 "I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" 

  8. Do you have any pre-game rituals you do before a rodeo/barrel race? Or any lucky charms you keep with you?

    1. I always try to show up 2 hours early to relax and hang out with my buddies and cut up

CASSIE FANNIN

  • When did you start your riding career?

    • I started when I was 12. I wanted to do what my family had done. My grandmother was a champion barrel racer in New York where she use to live.​ I currently wear her championship buckle from 1960-she won this buckle on her horse "Jumper." I haven't earned a buckle of my own yet to finally retire hers.

  • When was your first rodeo/barrel race?

    • First barrel race was in 2006 at the Waddly Saddle Club in Waddy, KY. ​I rode my walking horses in the show and turned around and ran barrels.

  • Do you have career highlights?

    • My highlight has to be this past nationals. I won 5th in 3D in the 2018 KYIBRA ​and received news that Striking KMA Performance Horses wanted to sponsor me. This is a huge highlight due to the fact I have never won at a big competition nor been sponsored before!!!

  • Do you have a favorite horse?

    • Favorite horse is a hard one, each horse I have had of course holds a special place in my heart and they have all made me into a better rider and the rider I am today. If I have to choose a favorite it would be "Dixie." This was the first horse to really push me over my fears of barrel racing​.

  • Who do you look up to the most in the horse industry?

    • Everyone I look up to in the horse industry has helped me along my journey and I couldn't pick just one person-they all deserve recognition! First and foremost my mom, grandma and grandpa-I also look up to Diana Drury, Barbara Wakefield, Kelly Alley, Kelly Hicks, Cecelia Taylor, Kim de Giovanni, Lydia de Giovanni, Emma Wilson, Emily Westfall​, and so many more! 

  • What are your professional goals for the future?

    • My biggest goal is to better myself! I want to beat my old times, improve on my skills and NEVER give up on what I love to do!! I would love to be in the top ranks one day but if that never comes I would be pleased to just be a better me.​

  • Any advice for those starting out in the industry of rodeo/barrel racing?

    • When you feel like giving up-SPURS ON!! I came from nothing and now I am here! I took on a 3 yr old non-broke horse and a 2 yr old non-broke horse and turned them into 1-2D horses that could do anything. It is all in what you put into your dream! If you don't push everyday you will not succeed. It is up to you and no one else to make your dreams come true.

  • Do you have an inspirational quote, saying or scripture that you live by or use to motivate you?

    • "Live everyday like tomorrow isn't promised. Push everyday for no one will hand it to you. Dream big and NEVER say you can't do it!"​

  • Do you have any pre-game rituals you do before a rodeo/barrel race? Or lucky charms you keep or wear with you?

    • I honestly just wing it! Every ride wing it​

    • I also dance a little in my saddle along with sing before I run, I disappear from the world for a moment

    • Practice so when the time comes you can wing it :)

​​                                                                                                      -Cassie Fannin

Ty and Madalynn Newman

  1. When did you begin your riding career?

    1. I started riding in 2006 at the age of 4.

  2. When was your first rodeo/barrel race?

    1. 2012 KJRA in Cynthiana, KY

  3. Do you have career highlights?

    1. Winning my first all around saddle in 2018

  4. Do you have a favorite horse?

    1. Leo Dolly Pine aka "Salty" was my all-time favorite Rodeo horse but I lost her in 2016 to lightening. Now I rodeo on Docs EZ Twist aka "Twister". I use him for Heading and Tie-Down

  5. Who do you look up to the most in the horse industry?

    1. Professional Team Roper- David Key

  6. What are your professional goals for the future?

    1. Rodeo at a professional level and make a living doing it!

  7. Any advice for those starting out in the industry of rodeo/barrel racing?

    1. No matter what you do it's important to set goals and work hard to accomplish them

  8. Do you have an inspirational quote, saying or scripture that you live by or use to motivate you?

    1. If you like winning you better love practicing- Tuff Cooper

  9. Do you have any pre-game rituals you do before a rodeo/barrel race? Or any lucky charms you keep with you?

    1. I have a necklace that I wear

                       - Ty Newman

Ty & Madalynn Newman at the Cinch National Junior High Rodeo Finals

CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING THE 2018 OE NEUTRACEUTICALS YOUTH TEAM!!

Ty & Madalynn Newman at the Cinch National Junior High Rodeo Finals

CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING THE 2018 OE NEUTRACEUTICALS YOUTH TEAM!!

Ty & Madalynn Newman at the Cinch National Junior High Rodeo Finals

CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING THE 2018 OE NEUTRACEUTICALS YOUTH TEAM!!

  1. When did you begin your riding career?

    1. I began riding in 2005 at the age of 3 years old

  2. When was your first rodeo/barrel race?

    1. STAR Rodeo in Spring Hill, TN when in the 4th grade

  3. Do you have career highlights?

    1. I've won the Kentucky All-Around Cowgirl title 5 times

  4. Do you have a favorite horse?

    1. Non Smoking Jet, my barrel/pole mare

  5. Who do you look up to the most in the horse industry?

    1. Kelly Murphy-Alley for being a great role model and Amberly Snyder because she gives me no reason for excuses!

  6. What are your professional goals for the future?

    1. To qualify for the College Rodeo Finals and to Rodeo at the Professional level after college.

  7. Any advice for those starting out in the industry of rodeo/barrel racing?

    1. To always strive for progress, not just perfection

  8. Do you have an inspirational quote, saying or scripture that you live by or use to motivate you?

    1. Believe you can and you're half way there

  9. Do you have any pre-game rituals you do before a rodeo/barrel race? Or any lucky charms you keep with you?

    1. I always say a prayer with my best friend

                                 -Madalynn Newman

PHOTOS CREDITED TO:

Mark Newman &Tyla Newman

(bottom pictures used from their facebook pages.) 

CECELIA TAYLOR

*Married to Tyrone Taylor est. 2011

*One daughter Tatum Alice Taylor 

*I live in Waynesburg, KY

*I have been riding horses since I was a child, played around on barrels but didn't start competing until 2017 at the age of 29

* Hobbies- Camping & Trail Riding

*Enjoy being able to help my daughter learn to ride and letting her compete in PeeWee Barrels

*BEGGARS REDMAN "Pete" is the horse who has made my dreams a reality!!

*IBRA & NBHA member

"I am so thankful each and every day that God allows me to follow these dreams. So thankful for this amazing horse, "Pete", who not only showed me how to compete, but he has also lead me to fulfilling my dreams of winning a saddle, buckle and a tack set in my 2nd year of barrel racing. I am also so blessed to have my husband and daughter who support and cheer us on every time we run, they have encouraged me thru it all!! Thank you to all of the wonderful people in our lives who have believed in us and always been there for us. Beyond blessed and can't wait to see what the future holds and our goals of breeding a line of DINKY'S RED MAN barrel horses." 

2018 Accomplishments:

*KY IBRA Adult 2D Champion

*Summer 2018 2D Average Flying A Buckle Series Champion

*IBRA National Adult Finals 3D 3rd Place Winner

2019 GOALS:

*Compete NPBA

*Compete IBRA

*Teach my daughter to compete on her own

*Qualify for Top 5 IBRA

*Make IBRA Nationals

*Work with my foals prepping them for future

  1. When did you begin your riding career?

    1. I began riding horses as a child, fell in love and never wanted to stop!

  2. When was your first rodeo/barrel race?

    1. In February 2017 at Hyder-Burks Arena, Tennessee

  3. Do you have career highlights?

    1. Won 4th in 2D adult for 2017 KY IBRA

  4. Do you have a favorite horse?

    1. Beggars Redman aka "Pete" is the horse who has changed everything for me. Forever my favorite!

  5. Who do you look up to the most in the horse industry?

    1. There is two people who have made huge impacts on my barrel racing career. Even though she is younger than me I look up to Kelly Alley, she has really helped me get where I am and taught me so much!

  6. What are your professional goals for the future?

    1. My future goals are to win KY IBRA adult 2D champion with Pete and also to compete my future foal in futurities.

  7. Any advice for those starting out in the industry of rodeo/barrel racing?

    1. To always remember no matter your age, your horse or your circumstances, always follow your dreams. Never give up even with the bad runs the more you try the better you will become and everyone can be a champion!!

  8. Do you have an inspirational quote, saying or scripture that you live by or use to motivate you?

    1. "The results are already set by God, so there is no need to get nervous. Just enjoy it"

  9. Do you have any pre-game rituals you do before a rodeo/barrel race? Or any lucky charms you keep with you?

    1. Before every run I always say a prayer with my horse, not just for a clean run and to be safe but to watch over all of us. Before we go down the alley I always pet him to tell him we got this, to stay safe then he gives me this look and... off we go! I always ride with an over and under, which I never used to do, but guess it gives us that extra push :)