Find out what Barrel Racer JJ Bracey has been up to!
Things have been super busy here as we are getting ready to head into the 2021 rodeo season. Its already looking like it’s going to be 10x better than last years season (which was heavily restricted due to covid-19) as we have dates coming out left right and centre, the first rodeo of the season being in April.
In the meantime, I have been busy working my project, client, and personal horses and managing my time between them. I’ve been organising my calendar for the year and the waiting list for client horses. Last year I was so busy with client horses that I didn’t have as much time for my personal horses so this year I want to be able to manage my time between them all alot better. So far, so good!
With all the rain that we got in February, we now have beautiful green grass everywhere out bush, on neighbouring station land that we are very blessed to be able to put our horses on for the wet season. The green grass is such a beautiful sight after years of drought with little to no grass. We bushed two of our big herds earlier this year and its safe to say they are very happy!
My beautiful barrel saddle from one of my sponsors Western World is arriving from NZ in a few weeks so I’m very excited for that, and I also received some personalized rodeo shirts amongst other beautiful caps and such from my other sponsors Territory Tuff.
In terms of my barrel horses, I’ve just pulled ‘Indy’ from out bush and she is being brought back into work now as she prepares for the season. It will be our first season together so I’m eager to see where we will go. Indy is a registered QH Palamino mare ‘Docs Golden Pistol’ standing at around 14.2hh.
My new mare has been busy learning the pattern and all the skills that she needs to become the perfect allrounder rodeo horse. She is showing a huge amount of potential and keeps hustling by the day.
We have had some exciting advancements here, with our arena being set up this week and having brought a new truck for the season.
Alongside the above, I have also been keeping myself occupied with my Australian Brumby Challenge Brumby ‘VBA Fiora’.
I’ve excitedly partnered up with TRNT Off the Track, and am now also branching into the retraining of off the track thoroughbreds. This is something I have been thinking about doing for a while now. The first OTTB ‘Amigo Mio’ arrived last weekend, we picked him up directly from the Darwin Racetrack and also met his trainer, who only wanted the best for him and was sad to see him go. The big boy is settling well into his new normal. He was quite eager to meet all the horses, dogs, and pigs (who he is still a bit unsure about 😆).
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I think I have just about covered everything….I look forward to the next blog.