WPRA Barrel Racer Kellie Collier and her First Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Kellie Collier finished out the 2017 rodeo year sitting 13th and winning a little over 83,ooo! She started her year out by winning the National Western Stock Show Rodeo in Denver. Read on to learn more about Kellie’s horses and her excitement going in to the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!
Please tell us about your outstanding year! Talk us through your highs and your lows.
My year started out really good by winning the Denver Rodeo. That was an amazing accomplishment and put me on the right track to start the year. I went on to some other winter rodeos and won some check here and there. Had a little set back during the Houston rodeo in March when LoLo got an abscess and wasn’t at the top of her game running at one of the biggest rodeos of the year! My older horse from high school (Oscar) stepped up during that time and won me a little bit at some south texas rodeos. I’m forever thankful for him.
Awhile went on and LoLo just wasn’t clocking at some of the outdoor bigger rodeos and I got discouraged and wanted to come home. But that’s when another opportunity to buy a horse from Canada came along. My mare Muffin is a huge part of my success. I went up to Canada and went to several rodeos up there with her, winning the very first rodeo I ever ran her at. She definitely boosted my confidence. I owe a lot to that amazing mare. The NFR was looking a little more realistic every day. One of the last rodeos of the year, Stephenville, was very good to me. Winning that rodeo punched my ticket to the NFR and I couldn’t be more excited!!
Please tell us about the horses you will be taking with you to Vegas and what makes them so special?
Streakin Easy April (LoLo) is my 9 year old mare out of streak of fling. This mare is incredible. She is quite quirky and not very trusting with other people. We definitely understand each other and have an unbreakable bond. Her try and heart is what makes this mare so incredibly special.
Jig French Truckle (Muffin) is my 13 year old mare. She came from Canada. This mare is more than I could ever ask for. She came right when I needed her and boosted my confidence in myself more than I can explain. She went out there and ran her hardest and worked her tail off every single time we ran through the gate. This mare is very sure footed and takes care of herself no matter what. Her personality is very sweet and loving. She is amazing. Our bond has grown so fast over a short amount of time!
You will be making 10 runs in 10 days. How will you prepare your horse before the run each night and what will you do to take care of him/her after the run?
I haven’t decided which horse I am running, but i’m positive that both of them will be treated like a princess throughout the whole duration. I will keep them both in the best shape I can, trying to keep their legs fresh for the finals.
After runs I will wrap their legs with mud! I also have a PEMF massage machine I will use when needed. My vet will also be with me in Vegas, so whatever he thinks they need they will get.
What are you most excited about going in to your first NFR and what are you most nervous about?
I am very excited to run in the Thomas and Mack, it’s been a life long dream. I am also very excited to meet everyone that is following my journey!
I not to nervous about anything yet, that will be a whole different story when I get there!
What advice would you give to someone that is wanting to make their dream of making the NFR come true?
I would tell anyone that is trying to make the finals that it is 90% mental game. You have to be mentally tough to be able to go through the highs and the lows with a level head. I would also tell anyone to listen to any advice from the girls that have been there and done that. Do not be afraid to ask questions!
Thank you so much Kellie for taking the time to talk to On the Rodeo Road, we are wishing you the BEST of luck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!
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