By Laura Downey, Editorial Intern
So far we have learned how Hailee and Talker came together, and why she loves him so much. Read on to find out how they got into barrel racing, and why Hailee loves to ride.
What is your favorite part about riding?
I love the feeling of galloping, it never gets old that’s for sure! Riding always makes me forget about everything that’s wrong. It makes me feel better no matter what!
What made you want to start participating in your event?
My trainer teaches barrel racing, so once I tried it, I just loved it! ?Talker really enjoys it too, he loves chasing those barrels!
Do you have any superstitions or rituals before entering the show ring?
It’s funny, I always close my eyes, take a deep breath and pop my knuckles!
What is your greatest accomplishment thus far in your career?
For me it’s taking a 19?year old?horse who didn’t know anything about barrel racing, and turning him into a pretty good little horse! He always gives it his best every time we race. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my trainer, Shannon!
Who took the picture you entered?
Fingerprints of God photography took it, who also happens to be my mother! My horse was being a goof ball as?usual, when she’snapped?that picture!