2021 Team DHT

 

Alison Falke

Alison fell in love with horses as a little girl and started competing as soon as she had her family convinced. She began her career showing POAs, winning multiple World Championships in a variety of disciplines, but took a particular liking to the speed events. One thing led to another, and her parents ended up getting a “real horse” and let her try her hand at the youth rodeo scene. Alison had a ton of success there as well and ended up becoming very passionate about the sport of rodeo. Throughout her rodeo career since then, she has won and placed at several big barrel races and rodeos, claiming multiple buckles, saddles, and more. She compete year round, and tends to live on the road during the summer. Today, Alison travels throughout the Mid-West to various barrel races and rodeo associations to compete at the highest level whenever she can get away from her day job as a Radiologic Technologist. This job gives her the flexibility to pursue her rodeo career with hopes to get back to training horses in the near future as well. Besides that job, she also runs a small business to promote the products that she uses and endorses. Between all of that she stays very busy and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Alysha Benitez

Alysha Benitez

Alysha is a North Texas based photographer that specializes in equine photography. She will do everything from fine art, one-on-one horse and rider sessions, equine sports, rodeo photography, and commercial photography. Alysha is also an avid barrel racer and performance horse breeder. Her goal with her photography is to capture images with a feeling attached to them and is a firm believer that each moment with your horse is special wether it’s in or out of the arena. 

See more of Alysha’s photography at www.alyshabenitezphotography.com or find her on Facebook and Instagram @AlyshaBenitezPhotography

Aubrey Hollifield

Aubrey Hollifield

Aubrey finished in the BBR World Finals 1D Short Go top 20, has been the BBR World Finals 1D Reserve Champion, and was also invited to Brazil to compete in their largest barrel race. She is a Wild West Promotions 1D series Champion, Wild West Promotions 1D Champion, APHA Sweepstakes Champion, and APHA Reserve Barrel Racing Champion. Aubrey is a 3x Barrel Racing Association of Texas Year End Open Champion, 3x Barrel Racing Association of Texas Youth Year End Champion, and Top 20 American Qualifier at Glen Rose. She is a Cowboy Legacy 1D Champion, Cowboy Legacy 1D Youth Champion, NTHSRA Reserve Barrel Racing Champion, NTHSRA Reserve Pole Bending Champion, and NTHSRA Top 5 Barrel Racer. Aubrey is also a Summer Blow Out 1D Champion, Elite Barrel Racing Youth 1D Champion, and has multiple wins and placings at other Super Shows and Youth Rodeos.

 

 

Bayleigh Choate

Bayleigh Choate

Bayleigh is a 2X world champion, including winning the 2019 All In Barrel Race in Las Vegas. She has also won multiple go rounds at the JR NFR and made the performance rounds of RFD's The American. She has set multiple arena records and won rodeos and barrel races across the country. She was also the only youth competitor to make the futurity finals at the BFA. Bayleigh was one of the top 1D riders and also had one of the top 1D horses of 2019 across every region.

 

Brooke Kelly

Brooke Kelley

Brooke's family has always had horses and she has loved them from day one. She has been competitively riding since she was about six years old. Brooke has rodeoed, gone to play days, competed in drill meets, and sat pivots for grand entries. Her current horse is Nu Bueno Karma. As of August 2019 they are competing at a higher level having now started their rodeo career in the CPRA and UPRA.

Cassidy Brown 

 Cassidy is a student at the University of Alabama where she is studying Marketing with a minor in communications. In most of her free time she is riding and spending time preparing her main horse named Chasin’ Memories, also known as Tito, for the next barrel race.

 Some of her recent accomplishments and titles in barrel racing include:

· 2020 NBHA Teen World Champion – "This title was historically earned after I originally tied for first place which resulted in the first ever runoff in NBHA history."

· 2020 NBHA Open World Reserve Champion

 Cassidy's favorite quote is “The joy is in the journey”. In barrel racing there are so many highs and lows, but they are all a part of the journey and make for learning experiences and better successes. She wants to encourage other barrel racers to just enjoy the journey, learn from it, grow from it, and don’t give up!

Drew Ellen Stewart

Drew Ellen Stewart

In 2020 Drew Ellen made it to the Texas Junior High Rodeo Association State Finals, Qualified for Nationals in barrels with the THSRA Junior High Division, and was the Patriot Young Guns Reserve Champion. She also won the Wrapn3 Extreme Youth Super Stakes, was the All Around Rookie of the Year Region 9 TJHRA, and the Pole and Barrel Champion Region 9 TJHRA. Drew Ellen was a qualifier for the Mike & Sherrylyn Johnson Vegas Tuffest in 12U barrels, 12U goat tying, and the 19U barrels. She was also a Junior World Finals Qualifier and KKRFV Texarkana Champion Junior Division.

In 2019 she was in the Junior World Finals in Barrels, winner of Junior Division Qualifier Josey Junior World Qualifier, and a Vegas Tuffest Junior World Qualifier in the 12U Goat Tying, and Generation Next Goat Tying Champion.

For 2018 Drew Ellen was a Junior NFR Qualifier in barrels, winner of the Texarkana AR – Junior NFR Qualifier, CTYRA 10-12 Barrels Champion, and the CTYRA 10-12 Poles Champion. She is also the arena record holder at Belton Expo, Polk Co Youth Rodeo All Around Champion 7-9, and the ORCC Youth Rodeo All Around Champion 7-9.

She has won over 30 buckles and 9 saddles.

In addition to rodeo, she’s a Straight A student in school; member of the National Honor Society and Prestigious Panthers; on the Principal’s Leadership Counsel; participates in Little Dribblers Basketball and Volley ball and is a member of the Franklin Track Club and has qualified for state in track for the past 3 years having medaled several times and won the gold medal in High Jump in 2018.

Elizabeth Sbrusch 

Elizabeth Sbrusch grew up in a small town outside of Houston called Needville, Texas. Her and her husband Brett still reside in Needville. She grew up participating in youth rodeo with Fort Bend County Youth Rodeo (FBCYRA), Texas Youth Rodeo Association (TYRA), Youth Rodeo Association (YRA), and Texas High School Rodeo Association (THSRA). Elizabeth won numerous buckles, all around saddles, and was also named 2006 FBCYRA Rodeo Queen. After graduating highschool she decided to put rodeo and barrel racing to the side in order to focus on her education. In 2012, she obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. Following that, in 2013, she went on to earn her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. In 2016, she graduated with her Masters of Science in Nursing and became a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has now been practicing as a Nurse Practitioner for 4 years.  Three nursing degrees and ten years later, Elizabeth was finally able to jump back on a barrel horse. After much anticipation, her and her husband purchased a 2014 palomino mare named Hot French Lady in September 2019. Since then, Frenchie and Elizabeth have racked up many notable accomplishments as below:

· Go Fast Thanksgiving Classic (November 2019)- Won race of over 350 by 3 tenths

· Elite Barrel Race (November 2019)- 7th in the 1D and 10th in the 1D average out of 500+ runs

· 9th annual Toy Dash (November 2019)- 1D champion and buckle winner

· Kingdom Ranch Barrel Race (December 2019)- 1D saddle winner and broke arena record

· Glen Rose American Qualifier/ Dinosaur Classic (January 2020)- Qualified for The American Semi-Finals

· The American- Ran a 13.7 at the Stockyards to place 3rd out of 240 qualifiers, but tipped a barrel to advance

· Go Fast Races (March 2020)- 2nd in the 1D first go and 1st in the 1D second go

· Elite Barrel Race (March 2020)- 12th in the 1D first go and 9th in the 1D second go out of 700+ runs; 5th in the 1D average, 1st in the WPRA permit race

· BRAT Attack (May 2020)- 1st in the 1D first and second go

· CC5D Stephenville, Texas (May 2020)- 1st in the 1D and buckle winner in first go

· Filled WPRA permit and Earned WPRA Rookie Card

· Ruby Buckle- Guthrie, Oklahoma (June 2020)- 4th in the second go running a 16.938 on a standard pattern; 9th in the 1D average out of 650+ runners

· June 2020 “Barrel Racer of the Month” in Barrel Racer News

· Reserve 1D Champion at Destry’s Free 4 All out of 1800 runners (June 2020)

· 4th place in the 1D both rounds of the Elite Summer Sizzle; 3rd in the 1D average for the weekend (July 2020)

· Qualified for the 1D shootout at ANHA (September 2020)

· Revolution Finale 1D Champion- saddle winner (September 2020)

· Qualified for The American Semi-Finals for the 2nd time (October 2020)

· WPRA Finals Short- Go Qualifier (November 2020)

· McGregor Lion Club Barrels & BBQ 1D Average Champion (November 2020)

· Qualified for the 1D Shootout at the All-In Barrel Race (December 2020)

 

Jennifer Abbott

Jennifer Abbott

At the age of three Jennifer began riding horses. At the age of ten she began competing in barrel racing (gymkhana). Growing up in Colorado she qualified for many finals in the Mile Hi Barrel Horse Association, SCBRA, and CBRA winning her first saddle. She also competed in the NBHA, CPRA (Colorado Pro Rodeo Association). In 1999 she filled her WPRA permit and then earned her WPRA pro card. In 2006 she moved to Texas continuing to barrel race until 2008. At that time Jennifer stepped away from barrels and rode cutting horses for many top trainers in the NCHA. Ultimately her true passion is barrel racing. Now she is training and finishing her own horses taking some from futurity to pro races. Currently she competes on several levels and has qualified for several short go rounds, finals, and shootouts, including the BBR Finals for the last eight years. She also qualified for the BBR Shootout most of those years. She feels extremely grateful and blessed for the horses she has had and to have won many championships, buckles, and saddles over the years. In addition to racing she is a certified Equine Massage Therapist and has been a vet tech for twenty four years. Her favorite part of her career has been working at the race tracks during the quarter horse meets. In January of 2018 she had major cervical surgery and has been battling back to compete at a higher level. Currently she is a member of BBR, NBHA, TSPRA, WPRA , and also competes at the local level.

Jimmie Smith

2018 was a big year for Jimmie. She graduated from Texas A&M and was also the 2018 Tour Finale Champion, and Resistol Rookie of the year in the WPRA. Jimmie is a two time Texas Circuit Finalist and was the 2019 Texas Circuit Final Champion. 

2020 has also been a big year for her. She was the National Western Stock Show Reserve Champion in Denver, the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo Reserve Champion, and finished third at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. She has closed out 2020 qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo for the first time. 

Kaylee Lehrmann

Kaylee Lehrman

Kaylee started at the age of 2 showing miniature horses and donkeys. At the age of 6 she decided she would like to ride and go fast like the rodeo girls! That is when her love of barrel racing began. She is an active member of the North Texas High School Rodeo Association and is the Queen for the L.D. Bell Rodeo Team as well as being an active member of NBHA, BRAT, and BBR. She has won multiple buckles, checks and tack along the way. She has some amazing goals set for the future and we can not wait to watch her achieve them all!

Kimberlyn Russell

Kimberlyn

Kimberlyn Russell is a 17-year-old who has been working with horses for 14 years. She began riding at the age of 3 and just four years later was heading out to the barn to saddle up her own horse to do what she loves.

Russell’s most recent accomplishments have been winning the KK run for Vegas qualifier, and qualifying for the JNFR. She has also placed 2nd and 7th in the 2D out of 7000 runners and won over 7k at the Run for the Bonus Race in Tulsa. In the SPG Events she is a top 10 rider of 2020 earnings. She also is top 5 in her state high school rodeo team. Kimberlyn placed at several local rodeos and just qualified for the Junior American in 2021. She has won several times at Tuttle round up club winning the race by .4. She placed first in the American Quarter Horse Association Youth Barrel Race, she also qualified for the National Little Britches Rodeo Association and the Better Barrel Race Finals for 2019. In 2018 she was 1D champion at Lazy D Ranch; Reserve Champion in barrels and poles at Edmond Junior Rodeo; youth 1D champion at Central 4D in Shawnee; youth 2D champion at Central 4D in Shawnee; and the youth 4D champion at Lance Graves International Barrel Race. Kimberlyn also placed 5th in 2D at Shawnee Central 4D; she was also 2nd in the 3D at Riverbend Ranch. In addition to that she also competed in the 2018 International Finals Youth Rodeo and was one of the top 25 finalists in the Keeleigh Dawn Cox Barrel Race. In 2017, before focusing her heart and energy on rodeo, she was the Reserve High Point Champion for All Around Multiple Pony at the Ponies of America National Finals.

Russell made the transition from showing POA’s in Western Pleasure and English to Barrel racing in July of 2017. The last show she competed in was Congress, where she was named Reserve Champion.

Currently, she competes almost every weekend. She attends Deer Creek High School where she maintains straight A’s. She plans to attend Oklahoma State University to be close to her family and horses, as well as compete on the OSU Rodeo Team. She is still deciding between becoming an equine physical therapist and a Vet, but knows no matter what she wants to work with horses in her future. She plans to compete in the PRCA and WPRA in the near future. 

Kylee Scribner

Kylee is the daughter of Kristy and Kelly Scribner. She is currently attending Tarleton State University, and will graduate May 2021 with a Bachelor's Degree in business marketing as well as a minor in business administration. Kylee is the owner at Believe Performance Horses. She stands firm in her faith in her Lord and Savior. A few of her accomplishments include being an American qualifier, WPRA money earner, UPRA money earner, and a multiple time 1D winner. Kylee has also qualified for The American Semi Finals for 2021. 

 

Samantha Willoughby

Sammie Willoughby

Samantha is the daughter of Mark and Charlotte Willoughby. She will be a ninth grader at Stephenville High School. Sammie started on the rodeo circuit four years ago and she has trained all of her horses herself. She has been a Junior American Semi-Final qualifier, Rookie of the Year, Youth Rookie of the Year, Reserve Youth Champion, Top 15 Open Year End, Cisco All-Around Cowgirl,  Goat-Tying Champion, and Match Barrel Racing Champion, as well as many other Junior Rodeo Championship buckles. When she isn’t at races or rodeos she is busy at home taking care of her five show horses, cows, pigs, and many other animals on the farm.

 

Sarah Rau

Sarah is 22 years old and lives in Stephenville, TX. Rodeo and horses have always been what her life revolved around. Ever since she was a little girl making the NFR and becoming a professional barrel racer have been her goals. With the help of some amazing horses and great people, she has been able to make some of those goals a reality. Her team consists of 2 mares, a 7 year old named Fuel and a 5 year old named Prada. Fuel helped Sarah win the 2020 Texas Circuit Rookie and the 2020 WPRA Reserve Rookie of the Year. She has an incredible team and we can not wait to see what her bright future holds.

 

Savannah Hays Bryant

Savannah is from Marlin TX and is a 4th generation cattle rancher. She raced motocross with her dad until she was 13. One night she watched a family friend practicing barrels at a local arena and caught the bug. Savannah started running barrels when she was 11, and has never looked back.  Currently she is a member of the WPRA, BBR, AQHA, and APHA. She is a 2019 AQHA World Champion, 10 time Top Ten finisher in the AQHA barrels, poles, and stakes, and a 2 time APHA Reserve Champion in the stakes in 2020. In addition she is the 2018 Jud Little Fast 5 Barrel Racing Champion, a PRCA money earner, and multiple top 20 placings at PRCA rodeos.
Her main mounts this year are Perkzilla, Famous Jaguar, and JE Ain’t Smashed Yet. This year her goal is to finish filling her WPRA permit and finish seasoning her young rodeo horses.

Scamper Cole

Scamper Cole

Scamper is a WPRA Card holder, PRCA Rodeo placings and/or Short Go Qualifier (Hempstead, Fort Worth, Bridgeport, Longview, Rosenburg, San Angelo, Weatherford), and a BBR 1D Invitational Champion. She is also a RTM Productions Super Show 1D champion, Barrel Futurities of America Sire Slots placer, Barrel Racing Association of Texas Year End Champion and Reserve Champion. Scamper is a Pac West 1D Jockey Slot Race Champion and Reserve Champion, Reserve Champion at Hempstead PRCA, Clifton Rodeo Champion, Christmas Cash Reserve 1D Champion, BFA Open Race Reserve 1D Champion, and a multiple time Better Barrel Races World Show 1D Short Go Qualifier. She is also a Lone Star Futurity Champion, L&L Productions 1D Champion, Wild West Productions 1D Champion, Spring Fling 1D Champion, Race for Firefighters 1D Champion Saddle Winner, Race for the Forgotten 1D Champion, and Cowboys Legacy Champion. Scamper set the arena record when she became the Caleb Larson Memorial Champion. She is a Summer Blowout 1D Champion, Better Barrel Races Regional Champion, ABRA 1D World Champion, Save the Cans 1D champion, June Jam 1D champion, BRAT 1D Champion, Glen Rose Series 1D Champion, ANHA 1D Short Go Qualifier (multiple times). She is also a sought after trainer in the barrel horse world.

 

Seth Roy

Seth Roy2

Seth has grown up around horses and the rodeo/barrel industry since he was 4, competing in many of those events. His need for speed has always drawn him to barrel racing. He has ridden in all levels from play days all the way to the world level. Many years ago this lifestyle took over the lives of his family. For Seth, things changed in a big way five years ago when he picked up a microphone for the first time. For one local racing association his mom did most of the announcing. One day she expressed that she was “over” the whole announcing thing. Seth said,” that can’t be that hard give me the mic," and a new career was born. In the beginning he announced local club events as well as anything else he could, just gaining valuable experience. Fast forward to today and his career is growing as he builds his own brand, SR Voice Productions. This amazing business has taken Seth from small jackpot races to the bright lights of Las Vegas and the All In Barrel Race which pays out almost a million dollars. Now he is getting to travel the world doing what he loves. 2021 is looking very promising and will hold many first for Seth in the rodeo world. Having come such a long way in such a short time, he would only say he is blessed.

 

         A few of the events worked by Seth:

  • RFD’s The American Barrel Slack
  • All In Barrel Race
  • BBR World Finals
  • Bonus Race World Finals
  • American Rope Horse Futurities
  • The Patriot Barrel Race
  • The Junior American 
  • Many UPRA / LCRA Rodeos

 

Shea-Lynn Leach McConnell

Shea-Lynn is a 27 years old and has been barrel racing for 20 plus years. Barrel racing is her passion and she have been very blessed with the horses and support system God has given her. She is a 2x American Qualifier, SherryLynn Johnson Champion, and multi WPRA rodeo winner and placer. This year her goal is to grow and move in the way God pushes her to go. She wants to live in the moment and follow Gods plans for her and see just how far He can take her this year. 

 

Shelby Bates

Shelby is a 22 year old from Loomis, California. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Economics & Management from the University of Arizona. Shelby competes in rodeos professionally for the Women's Professional Rodeo Association full time, and occasionally give riding lessons whenever she is not on the road. Her goals for the 2021 season are to qualify again for the California Circuit Finals as well as qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

 

Shelby McCamey

Shelby was Top 6 in the 2019 WPRA Wilderness Circuit, winning round 2 with the fastest time of the week. She was also the Wilderness Circuit Finals Reserve Average Champion. She finished in the top 14 of the 2020 American semi finals, has won multiple PRCA Rodeos, holds multiple arena records, and has won many  jackpots.
Now the rest of her story. 
Have you ever realized no one ever wears yellow into a rodeo arena? Yellow is supposed to be the color of cowardice.
Have you ever struggled with depression?
Have you ever felt alone?
Have you ever felt like it is all pointless?
Have you seen a family member struggle with depression or suicidal thoughts......
Back to the yellow.....
Shelby has started an amazing organization called Yellow Felt Soul. Go check out and like their Facebook page and follow on Instagram. Invite your friends to like and follow it.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!
When you see Shelby hit the rodeo arena and run the clover leaf pattern with that yellow hat on cheer her like crazy! Just remember, it is NOT cowardice. She is taking a stand and making a difference. She is fighting for something bigger than herself. She is changing lives.
Yellow Felt Soul is changing lives! 

Shelby Waggoner

Shelby’s family has history in the horse business and she carries on in their footsteps. She has been riding since she was 3 and competitively riding since she was about 16. The 13 years in between was spent learning how to train the horses, and she continues this today! Shelby has rodeoed and barrel raced and is always taking lessons from cutters and reined cow-horse trainers. Her current horse is CoronaChasinWhiskey. As of January 2021 they are competing in the BBR and Shelby will get her WPRA permit in October.

Tiffany Durham

 

Tiffany began riding alongside her mother before she could walk. She grew up riding in AQHA, 4H, CTQHA, Foundation Quarter Horses and NCHA.  After graduating from Texas A&M, she followed her passion in veterinary medicine becoming a veterinary technician.  She continued her career path further into veterinary medicine and is currently a pharmaceutical sales representative for animal health.  Tiffany took a break from riding to build her career. In that time she met her husband Rowdy and they have been married almost 3 years.  In July of 2018, she started back riding and training horses for herself. Although she had never trained a barrel horse she took the  leap of faith. She qualified for BBR Finals in 2020 and again for 2021.  She is also a member of UPRA.  Tiffany finished 3rd in overall member points in 2019 at Parker County Arena.  She did this again in 2020 finishing in the top 25 at Parker County Arena on two horses she personally trained. In December 2020, Tiffany was the 2D 2021 Parker County Arena Futurity Champion on her first futurity horse to train, Stolin Rubies.  She will continue to train and compete in the 2021 Futurity season, BBR, UPRA, The Patriot, and attempt to qualify for the American.  Tiffany’s motto is: GOD. FAITH. PERSEVERANCE, PROCESS, PASSION and PATIENCE.

Tori Bush

Tori is from Lawton Oklahoma and is currently a sophomore in high school. Originally she was put in to riding lessons as a form of therapy because she was diagnosed with fine/gross motor delays, motor planning, and visual deficits. Little did anyone know she would take to riding and never look back. Without these deficits she may have never found her passion for barrel racing. She has been blessed with a gift and just works harder to overcome the obstacles in front of her. She is currently a member of AQHA, NBHA TX14, MP3, TOBRA, and Texas High School Rodeo Association. Deuce and Woody are her barrel horses that she plans to qualify for the Jr. American, state rodeo, and nationals on. She has won numerous saddles and prizes as well as some money with them, but her ultimate goal is to earn a college scholarship where she can continue her education and rodeo career. 

Trinity Smith

Trinity

Trinity is the daughter of Forest and Martie Smith. She has had a love for horses since the age of 2.  Growing up in a family of sports she was highly active, participating in swim, gymnastics, cheer, t-ball, basketball, and pageants.  At the age of 8 she said “Horses is where my heart is.  I want to learn to barrel race.”  She quit all sports and focused directly on horses never looking back.  She and her horse Whiskey have learned barrel racing together. They have had many ups and downs and taught each other many lessons.  She is a member of BRAT, BBR and NLBRA.  They placed in the BRAT youth top ten 2020, BBR World Qualifier 2019 and 2020, and NLBRA qualifier in barrels and poles 2020.  The team has won several buckles, trophy tack and checks doing what they love.  When Trinity is not at a race or doing schoolwork, she is at the barn working with her horses.  Trinity is strong in her faith and thanks God every day for her blessings and having the opportunity to do what she loves.  Her motto is TRAIN HARD, BELIEVE and PRAY.