Rodeo Rider – Barrel Racer – JJ Bracey
I’ve dreamt of chasing cans right from a young age – and a few years ago I decided to just go for it, my first year of running barrels was on an old station stock horse that some cowboys had called ‘crazy’ and whom had never seen a barrel before in his eighteen years of life.
We were far from being fastest, but within a year we manged to win 4D with a nice clean pattern and I will be forever grateful for everything that horse taught me about chasing cans!
I have now purchased some top quality mares, one is a 1D/2D patterned mare that arrived late last year and this will be our first season together. The other is a mare with a huge amount of potential to make it to 1D; this will be her first year running and is bred for speed.
Last year, I wasn’t able to run my barrel horses due to being flat out founding my horse training business. I was however able to make it to a few events when time allowed, and had a blast running my liberty horses just for fun. More specifically, Texas, a 13.2hh mare that gave the much bigger horses a run for their money – even managing to place in the opens. In terms of my horse training business, I specialise in Brumbies and the ‘troubled / dangerous’ horses, and have developed my own liberty based methods focusing on trust and relationship – aiming to bring the best out of each and every single horse that comes in. It was a huge step to take it on full time, but with that I’ve had some amazing opportunities open and have been flat out since. I was also chosen to be the first Northern Territorian to compete in the Australian Brumby Challenge, and am very proudly sponsored by Territory Tuff & Western World. I have some huge collaborations and events in place for this year that I can’t yet say much about. Although I missed out on most of the season last year, Rodeo is something I am very passionate about and have huge plans for this years season. I’ve also done a bit of rough stock riding – once my barrel mares are running consistently, I’d like to get into the saddle broncs too.
My family and I travel all across the Northern Territory on the rodeo circuit and have plans to take it interstate and further. My 8 year old brother is a NT Champion Poddy rider, out of the Northern Cowboys Association which covered the Northern Territory and Western Australia, and my 15 year old brother is a Rodeo clown. We live and breath this sport and I’m very excited to be able to take you all on this journey with us.
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