Robin Weaver riding KN Fabs Mist of Fame,
1D Champion of the Mid-Atlantic Classic.
Four Star General, former Secretary of State Colin Powell wrote, "If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception it is a prevailing attitude." The statement epitomizes the efforts and attitudes not only of our 2013 National Finals Rodeo qualifiers, but closer to the Camarillo program, the contestants at our inaugural Mid-Atlantic Classic held at the Horse Park of New Jersey and attended by clinic students from seven states.
Pennsylvania Cowgirl, Robin Weaver riding KN Fabs Mist of Fame, "Misty," won two go-rounds and a 2nd place check to take the Courts Saddlery 1D Championship. Fast times and excellent performance is not new to this beautiful and efficient five year-old daughter of Frenchman's Fabulous out of a Dash To Fame mare, as Misty was crowned the Fort Smith Futurity Champion in 2012. We were all so excited to see Robin and Misty handle the arena pressure and prove that "excellence is not an exception, but an attitude," and wish the pair great success in the next chapter of big league barrel racing. Robin and Misty will head to the Denver Stock Show and Rodeo, letting each run determine how far the team can go. As efficient and talented as Robin and Misty are, the Reach For The Star in You Award for an NFR qualification could certainly be in the pair's future!
Trish Occhiogrosso riding
Grayson Time, 2D winner.
Our 2D winner Trish Occhiogrosso from Blue Point, New York, riding Grayson Time is an inspiration to all who have watched the team compete. After 32 years of not riding, Trish has been cultivating her barrel racing skills for the last four years and is becoming an aggressive and focused competitor on a talented and beautiful horse.
Our 3D Champion, Valerie Marvel riding seven year-old Capshaw Charlie, a gelding she rescued off the track, demonstrated their talent and passion for the sport of barrel racing by making three consecutive runs, each run faster than the precious race. Valerie has incorporated her English riding foundation with her love of barrel racing to produce a successful first year of competition for the talented team.
Valerie Marvel riding Capshaw
Charlie, 3D winner.
Thank you to the staff at the Horse Park of New Jersey for offering their premier facility, Jay Hoh our announcer, arena secretary Mary Fran Lang, Jim and Cheryl Price, and General Manager Erica Friedman for her invitation to bring the Classic format to the East coast. I taught my first clinic in Upstate New York 28 years ago, where Erica was a student. My admiration for our Mid-Atlantic students has grown from that initial introduction. It was an honor to have the opportunity to join with sponsors of the program to thank our loyal students for their dedication to barrel racing excellence and their love of the sport by bring the event East. Congratulations to all of our Mid-Atlantic contestants and award winners, including Sam Snapp for the Target Championship, and Sherylee Fiore and Diesel by clocking the fast time of the event. Additional event photos can be seen at Prints of Pride Photography.
Elaborating on Colin Powell's quote, "If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters," applies to our National Finals Rodeo Top 15 barrel racing qualifiers who made the difference one mile, one race at a time to best the rest and secure top 15 seats at the 2013 NFR. Congratulations and good luck to each of our WPRA Barrel Racing Qualifiers. Check my Facebook Fan Page for event highlights during the December 5-14th event.