Building Champions from the Ground Up

One of the best aspects of the equine industry is every person and business within has a unique story. Our friends at Oxy-Gen certainly have one to tell. Most known in the equine world for their advanced all natural supplements, Oxy-Gen paved the way in equine supplement technology crossing over science used in human athletic performance and adapting it to horses with the use of natural elements.

Dr. Jack McEowen created the original Oxy-Gen and Oxy-Max products after incorporating octacosanol into animal supplements. The substance was commonly known for its use in human athletes and is found naturally in plants. Octacosanol promotes stamina, endurance, and the building of muscles. Overlooked in the animal nutrition industry, Dr. McEowen saw an opportunity, and in 1997 the Oxy-Gen business partnership was formed with Beth Andrus with Meal and More Mills.

 

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Meal and More Farms in Morrice, MI

 

The first Oxy-Gen products were made for livestock; cattle, sheep, and goats. After meeting Marth Wright, Dr. Jack created Oxy-Max for horses and it has since been history. Allyson Hayes, head of the equine division, is a barrel racer with roots deep in the sport with the utmost passion for care and nutrition in barrel horses and at the age of 12 years old, had a significant role in Dr. Jack’s formulation of the Oxy-Boost. It would be almost fate that she would eventually run the equine division. The whole team at Oxy-Gen is extremely dedicated and passionate about their work and it is evident in their products and facilities.

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John McEowen, Livestock General Manager at Oxy-Gen, Inc. giving tour of their new state-of-the-art facilities

The refreshing aspect of this company is it is a true piece of Americana. The company owns farmland they prepare, plant and harvest base ingredients which are made into your horse’s favorite the Oxy-Gen product. Everything made from start to finish is packaged, labeled, and shipped from under their roof.

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Careful accuracy  and care goes into every tube of Oxy-Gen performance paste

Even more impressive, when it came time to update facilities, the company had saved enough money to pay for the new facility in cash. That is nearly unheard of in today’s economy. In our opinion, nothing beats a success story from hard work and perseverance and they are some of our favorite ones to share. Tune in Wednesday, July 12 at 8:00 PM Eastern on RFD-TV for more on Oxy-Gen’s story.

 

Sources: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-499-octacosanol.aspx?activeingredientid=499&activeingredientname=octacosanol

 

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Hannah Haugen, Public Relations Coordinator

Equimedia

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Sherry Cervi Youth Championships Announces New Event in Minnesota

Sherry Cervi is excited to announce the addition of a new youth championship race to the 2018 season in Verndale, MN to be held May 11-13!

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Sherry Cervi awarding pee-wee competitor her first trophy in Marana, AZ

 

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Grand Entry at the Ceres, CA Youth Championship Race

The new Minnesota race will be a similar format as California and Arizona events; two full rounds of competition, pee-wee race on Saturday, and prizes awarded for the average. The race will be held at R & J Event Center; a climate controlled facility home to in-house tack shop, A Bit of Tack, as well as Sundby’s Trailer Service and Sales. This facility is centrally located, easily accessible from six states and Canada with ample parking and stalls. R & J Event Center is the home to successful events year round.

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R & J Event Center, Verndale, MN
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A Bit of Tack Western Store
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Great ground in an intimate setting

2018 Sherry Cervi Youth Championship Schedule:
January 19-21 Wentz Point Arena, Marana, AZ
May 11-13 R & J Arena, Verndale, MN
May 25-27 Diamond Bar Arena Ceres, CA

We look forward to the 2018 season with this new expansion to the Midwest. More details to be announced later in the year. Be sure and join the SCYC Facebook page for the latest information.

Tune in to Racer’s Edge on RFD-TV, June 28th for special coverage of the Sherry Cervi Youth Race in Marana, AZ.  Watch the trailer

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Beautiful morning at the Arizona Youth Championship
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Crown C barrel saddles from Martin Saddlery are awarded to average winners, each age group in each division

 

 

Season Three | Thrice as Nice

It’s our favorite time of year! The weather is warm, the sun shines longer, our schedules are filled with barrel races… and we have a brand new season of Racer’s Edge to share!

Our theme for this season is moments in the sport. Barrel racing in its entirety is a journey. A journey filled with peaks and valleys; moments of early morning drives watching the sun come up while traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles for the next run. We, ourselves, have been traveling the country to some of the best events, visiting with great competitors, professionals, and entrepreneurs dedicated to the barrel racing world.

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The grand entry at the Sherry Cervi Youth Championships

Our season premiere features the first Sherry Cervi Youth Championship barrel race held in Marana, Arizona. After eight consecutive West Coast Youth Championship Races in Ceres, California, Sherry wanted to bring a race to her hometown, where it all began. The turnout for Marana’s first race was outstanding with over 360 junior and senior division competitors. We were able to visit with some up and coming cowgirls and the special horses they ride! The weather and ground were great and we look forward to see what this event has in store for its future.

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Sherry Cervi posing with an excited junior division contestant in Marana, Arizona

One of our journeys took us back to Oklahoma City and what turned into a VERY eventful Better Barrel Races World Finals. We spend some time with Sarah Moylan, a rising entrepreneur, whose roots started in junior rodeo and barrel racing, but is now focused on changing women’s lives after realizing her own problems were all too common. We rode with 2017 RodeoHouston and Diamonds and Dirt Slot Race Champion, Kassie Mowry. We were given unique insight into her breeding and training program, with commentary on why she loves to compete in the highest pressure situations.

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Kassie Mowry getting a mare and foal checked at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital

 

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Sara Moylan getting a 6am workout in before taking the kids to school and heading to SheFit Apparel’s office.

Racer’s Edge also stopped by a historic feed elevator in the small town of Morrice, Michigan which happens to be the home of Oxy-Gen products; makers of popular pre-race pastes and pellets like Focus and Oxy Max. Their employees work together as a close-knit family whose dedication to quality begins just up the road where they farm and harvest all the base ingredients in their supplements.

Troy Parmalee, the mill’s manager at Oxy-Gen seeds a variety of base ingredients for the 2017 crop season

Our passion is barrel racing and we believe barrel racing isn’t just a sport; it’s choosing to live a life full of moments both inside and outside the arena. It’s our job to share these moments. Sometimes there are occasions of defeat, only to be outweighed with moments of triumph, realizing how far you have come, and how far there is to go. Season Three is shaping up to raise the bar of all our previous seasons. We hope you join us Wednesdays on RFD-TV at 8:00 PM & 12:00AM Eastern.

 

 

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

 

 

Racer’s Edge with Jayci Byler

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This week we are excited to introduce a special twelve year old cowgirl by the name of Jayci Byler. Jayci is no stranger to the pay window; she has a long list of achievements in her short life, longer than most ever have had in their lifetime career. In 2015 she won the AQHA Youth World Championship in Oklahoma City, the Myers Performance Horse Youth Futurity championship, and this year she won the 2016 Texas State All-Around title, state champion barrel racer, and state champion pole bender. She then went on to the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Lebanon, TN and won the National Barrel Racing title.She has won a total of 126 buckles and 24 trophy saddles.But that’s not what this story is all about.

On the outside, Jayci seems serious and shy, a counter to her twin brother Blaze who can do the talking for her. At barrel races she often can be found reading a book by her horse’s stall while other kids are running around playing. We filmed the episode at her family’s home in Belleville, TX. Jayci’s mom and dad, Kimmi and Jesse, own and operate Byler Performance Equine – an aquatic conditioning and rehab facility. The Byler’s take in horses of all disciplines to swim and help condition or rehab them from an injury. The time and effort put into this business is immense and it shows by the immaculate environment and the improvement the horses make during their stay. The nurturing environment Jayci was raised in clearly has helped her to be the horsewoman she is today. I think we were most impressed with Jayci’s quiet confidence; it was evident in her horsemanship and in her horse’s respect for her. One could argue this is one of the most valuable skills to have in horsemanship and what helps you crossover from horse to horse.

At the end of the day, in today’s world, it was completely endearing to be around a 12 year old girl who just loved her animals. Her herd includes several horses, show goats, and a jack russell and pretty much anything in between. In the barrel racing world today that feels like a constant race with bloodlines, breeding, horse sales, big money, and all the complexities that come with it, at the end of the day it’s important to remember the 12 year old we have inside of us that wants to just loves our horse.

Jayci’s episode will air Wednesday, August 31 at 8:00 pm Eastern on RFD-TV.

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For Contact:

Hannah Haugen

hhaugen@equibrand.com