Always Have A Plan

As barrel racers, we are pretty accustomed to late night drives, a trailer full of horses, and our only travel partner being a small fuzzy dog or maybe no one at all. As independent as we all are, it’s rare that you talk to someone that hasn’t been in an uncomfortable situation while traveling. Whether that be at a truck stop late at night, or on the side of the road with a flat tire, unfortunately the nature of the beast of barrel racing exposes you to these situations from time to time.

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Racer’s Edge invited back special guest, Joshua Morton, owner/trainer of Canine Tactical for some insight on being aware of our surroundings and suggestions on how to avoid uncomfortable or potentially dangerous travel situations. Joshua’s expertise comes serving more than eight years as a United States Navy SEAL and Canine Operator.

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He served during five deployments in Iraq and has extensive first-hand experience on numerous missions. Joshua now trains police and home protection dogs, plus civilian tactical courses.

 

 

 

Former NFR Qualifer, Terra Bynum joins our host Dena Kirkpatrick and horse trainer, Teri George to spend a day with Joshua. He helped put things into perspective and pointed out many safety measures that most people take for granted. Joshua stressed to the girls to have a plan! It’s harder to be a victim of an attack if you are prepared and aware of your surroundings. In a world where we are engulfed in social media and technology, it is easy to let distractions compromise our awareness.

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The day’s subject matter was serious, but not short on laughs. Teaching Terra the art of the “Throat Punch” was something to be bestowed. Our only regret is that Racer’s Edge is just 30 minutes in length. On behalf of all of us here at Racer’s Edge, Dena, Terra, Teri and all of the passionate Patriots in and outside of the barrel pen – Thank Joshua Morton for your years of service – past, present and future! We had a great day.

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Orange Police Dept. and Franklin County Sheriffs Office hosting Canine Tactical seminar.

Racer’s Edge episode with Joshua Morton airs Wednesday, September 21st at 8:00PM & 12:00AM Eastern Standard Time on RFD-TV.

 

 

 

 

For Contact:

Hannah Haugen

hhaugen@equibrand.com

 

If the Shoe Fits

One of the most respected and sucessful event professionals in the nation, Kimberly Gora, changes from her corporate high heels into her boots every night to ride and compete on “Sixx”

If you tuned in last week for our episode with Winter Guesman, you got a sneak peak at our subject of this week’s episode, Kimberly Gora. As we learned, Kimberly and Winter met through a horse and like Winter, Kimberly leads a double life, one in the corporate world and one in the arena.

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Kimberly Gora riding with friend Winter Guesman at Henderson Saddle Club

Host Dena Kirkpatrick and Kimberly became acquaintances when she attended a clinic of Dena’s last year. Kimberly’s story is very unique, unlike anyone’s we have told on the show before. She did not grow up around horses, in fact her first encounter with the sport of barrel racing was at age 40.

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Dena Kirkpatrick with Kimberly at Spago in Las Vegas

Kimberly grew up in Huntington Beach, California on the sand far from the dirt of a rodeo arena. After finding her way to her career in hospitality and events, Kimberly found herself uprooting her life from California and moving to the bright lights of Vegas to take the Assistant Director of Conference Services/ Catering Sales position with the opulent Caesars Palace®. From her leadership and success in that position, Kimberly was given the opportunity to go on board with the Wolfgang Puck Restaurant Group in 1999, and the rest is history. Now an Associate Partner and Director of Catering and Sales, Kimberly has conducted intimate affairs to extravagant galas for the most elite, VIP clientele in the world from Presidents, professional sports teams, to Forbes A-list billionaires. Whatever Kimberly has set her mind to, she has accomplished ten fold, and that determination is  transferring over to her barrel racing as well.

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Kimberly Gora with Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group Executive Chef, Eric Klein
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Spago- first restaurant opened by Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas in 1999

After accompanying her Grandfather to the races as a kid, she became enamored with horses but had never had the opportunity at any hands on experience. She starting riding lessons just 6 short years ago, and like most of us, Kimberly was hooked. Not knowing how to saddle or drive a truck and trailer at first, Kimberly challenged herself and dove in head first. She has had a couple of step-up horses who taught her a lot. But now she owns an open rodeo horse, “Sixx”, whom she competes on at jackpots and rodeos.

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Kimberly with “Sixx”

One of the great aspects of barrel racing discussed in Kimberly’s episode, is that no matter what walk of life we come from, everyday presents a challenge. We are either challenging ourselves as riders or our horses to be at the best of our ability, and most of the time we are working on both simultaneously. We all share a common thread of competitiveness and passion. For some, our passion was cultivated at a young age innately, and for some it was found later in life by happenstance. The love of horses brings something into one’s life you cannot explain in words. It becomes apart of who you are and your existence and I think we all can vouch that horses have helped us trust and build confidence in ourselves in ways we didn’t even know we needed. It’s an everyday commitment and provides a constant in the hectic lives we lead. That’s why we love Kimberly’s story so much, she came by the sport unconventionally and is successful in a demanding career in the city, but shares the same love and passion that we all feel for the sport and our horses. She is all in, all the time… and we’d have to argue there is no better way to be!

 

For Contact:

Hannah Haugen

Public Relations Coordinator

hhaugen@equibrand.com

Racer’s Edge with Winter Guesman

For those of us who have a love and passion for horses, we understand that they come into our lives at different times and hopefully if we are lucky, they get to stay. Some come into our lives almost at birth, and the passion is passed down from family almost as a hereditary trait. For some, horses come later in life, almost always at a serendipitous point when we need them most.

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Host Dena Kirkpatrick with Winter Guesman at Henderson Saddle Association; Las Vegas

Our feature focus this week, Winter Guesman, has a story similar to growing up with horses as second nature. She grew up unconventionally on a feedlot in Idaho and as her husband describes she was, “raised by wolves” otherwise known as old cowboys who worked alongside her. She was forced to be independent and started working full time in her early teenage years. Winter did not go to school, but rather the school of hard knocks the cowboy way. She doctored cattle and other livestock, kept them fed and cared for, and rode and trained horses all day. What Winter realized later in her life, is her childhood on the feedlot prepared her for the next chapter. Now an OR Nurse at Centennial Hill Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Winter’s life is dedicated to assisting in saving lives and nurturing and caring for people in need.

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We went to work with Winter at Centennial Hills Hospital and Medical Center where she is an OR Nurse

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Horses and humans are alike in the way that there is an utmost importance of being understood and having needs met. Horses just can’t use words.  In a world where the lesser beautiful side of humanity is prevalent in society and everywhere we turn, horses become our sanctuary. They bring more than just companionship; they connect us with people, and create a lifestyle that provides solstice away from the hustle and bustle of school, jobs and the stresses of the everyday grind. They bring people together that would have met, go places we would otherwise not go, and truly help us find contentment.

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Winter riding with her friend, Kimberly Gora, Associate Partner/Director of Catering and Sales Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group

Tune in along with host Dena Kirkpatrick, and meet Winter. A true inspiration and positive force both in the arena and out.

Winter’s episode will air Wednesday, September 7 at 8:00 pm Eastern on RFD-TV.

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For Immediate Contact:

Hannah Haugen

hhaugen@equibrand.com