Racer’s Edge Introduces ‘Dark Horse’ by Brice Long

You know Brice Long as the co-host of RFD-TV’s weekly Western Sports Weekly, but what you may not know is Brice is a renowned Nashville songwriter.

Out of college, Brice was signed to Reba McEntire’s publishing company Starstruck, and has been producing hits ever since. He has written chart toppers like “Nothing On but the Radio” and “Today” for Gary Allan, “Anything Goes” and “Like a Cowboy” for Randy Houser, “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night” for Casey James and numerous others for stars like Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, John Michael Montgomery, Laura Bell Bundy, Josh Turner, and more. Brice has a self-titled album of his own and has even performed at the Grand Ole Opry.

Dark Horse: A somewhat unknown person or thing {horse in our case} that emerges to prominence and exceeds all expectations of the others in a competition.

When Brice isn’t performing, hosting, or writing, he is team roping! The western industry is a special place because of the relationships our horses and events often facilitate. For many years Brice has been a close friend in the industry and after a few talks about launching Racer’s Edge for the first time, the idea of the song “Dark Horse” came about. The “barrel racer”, whether they are from the country or the city, is a unique individual who isn’t afraid to blaze their own trail and in their own right is a “dark horse”. Brice’s song celebrates every aspect of what it means to be a barrel racer and the spirit of the sport. The music video for Dark Horse will premiere Wednesday, exclusively on Racer’s Edge at 7:30 PM CST/ 8:30PM EST and 11:30PM CST/ 12:30AM EST on RFD-TV right before Western Sports Weekly. It will feature some familiar faces of past Racer’s Edge episodes and is an absolute must see!

As Good as it Gets with Lisa Lockhart

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Lisa and Louie NFR ’14

Racer’s Edge will be coming to a conclusion Wednesday, August 26. We think this has been our best miniseries yet, and want to thank all our fans and viewers for the continued success. We look forward to bringing more episodes in the future! Episode 16 will feature 8X NFR Qualifier, 4X Canadian Professional Rodeo Champion, 2X RFD-TV’s The American Champion, and now is one of the first American Triple Crown contenders,  Lisa Lockhart.

Lisa and her famous buckskin mount, “Louie”, have been a fan favorite for years. This episode offers a glimpse into Lisa’s personal life, something the public has never seen before. Host Dena Kirkpatrick spends a morning with Grady and Lisa Lockhart in an intimate interview about life on the road, Louie, Las Vegas, and love.

“Team Lockhart” always comes first.

The professional rodeo life appears to be glamorous under the glow of the Las Vegas lights, but Lisa shares that the road to the NFR is a rough and windy one. She expresses that “Team Lockhart” always comes first, and most of the time she is caught racing from a rodeo to one of her three children’s ball games. It is not easy fitting everything in, but Lisa’s passion for competition and horses and the support of her family has made it all possible for her to keep following her dream. Lisa and Louie are currently leading the world standings in the barrel racing and we are excited to see what their future holds.

To top it all off, this episode will conclude with a special cameo of some leading ladies of the barrel racing world with help from Nashville singer/songwriter, Brice Long. You won’t want to miss it!

Trust, Confidence, and Feel

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Madison at the National Finals Rodeo

No matter the discipline, these three words are key to riding and training horses. Next week’s episode will feature  the talented 4X NFR Contract Trick Rider Madison MacDonald, and her perspective on the importance of these elements in her discipline, while Dena translates it into barrel racing.

Madison grew up in Canada and not only has a background in trick riding, but grew up competing in roping, goat tying, pole bending, and barrel racing as well. She qualified three times for the National High School Finals and needs no introduction of being an all-around hand. She opened the NFR four years ago at the age of 18, and has been back every year since. Being in the discipline she is, communication is at the forefront of everything she does. Madison’s horses each have their special talents, and she has had to learn to best communicate with each of them and adapt to their unique personalities. Host Dena Kirkpatrick relates this directly with the different strengths and weaknesses each barrel horse has, and how important it is to build your foundation around their individual talent.

“It is so important to find a horses particular strong suit because it can take them from being average to great.” -Dena Kirkpatrick

Madison has the unique platform of competing only with herself to fuel her passion of performing for a crowd. This is an interesting concept to think about in terms of today’s barrel racing culture where the primary focus is on ourselves, our horses, and the physical elements of the competition. This episode creates a unique connection between two sports rarely recognized, but from the same background with the synonymous mission of entertaining and pleasing the masses of rodeo fans. It’s because of our rodeo’s producers, specialty acts like Madison, and the athletes themselves all working together that rodeo spectators are able to enjoy the show.  It takes everyone to keep the sport we love alive and thriving.