A name that may be new to the lower 48 and the NFR roster is a standing Canadian staple. Carman Pozzobon not only has qualified for her first-ever NFR, but she also captured the coveted number one back number in Canada to be worn at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer, Alberta. After a Canadian championship in 2017, Pozzobon qualified for the winter rodeos (such as Fort Worth, Denver, and San Antonio) and decided to make a run at the NFR. Competing at 58 rodeos, Pozzobon was able to earn $86,946.59 and secure 15th in the world standings.
All of Pozzobon’s 2018 season earnings were made on one single mare, Ripn’ Lady, better known as “Ripp”. Ripp is a 2010 mare by Canadian stud, Frenchs Hula Guy, and out of Bijou Betali (Eli Betastreak x Zacks Beta). Over the past three years, Ripp has won at the futurity and derby levels, qualified for the semi-finals of the RFD-TV’s The American, won a Canadian Finals Rodeo championship, won many other pro rodeos, and has now qualified for the National Finals Rodeo. Every check made by Pozzobon this year was on board Ripn’ Lady and Ripp will be Pozzobon’s main mount at the CFR and NFR. Ripp was also voted 2018 Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s “Barrel Horse with the Most Heart”.
Along with Ripp, Pozzobon will also be hauling TammysLittleParadise “Lulu” and Rimes Girl “Rimey” to both finals. Both Lulu and Rimey were trained by Pozzobon and are by the same stud as Ripp, Frenchs Hula Guy.
Q & A with Carman:
Do you travel with any pets other than your horse?
Yes, I have three mini heelers: Taz, Camo and Three.
What were your most memorable rodeos this year?
The most memorable would be the winter rodeos in TX, Calgary, the American, Strathmore, and Cloverdale. There’s a lot of great ones so it’s hard to pick.
What was your game plan qualifying for your first NFR? How did you decide where to enter?
Well it’s been a plan since I was young so I’ve had to work my way up through different horses and selling some to keep going down the road. Once I decided to finally keep Ripp we set the goals to win Canada to get qualified for the winter rodeos. Then hit those and came home sitting good so she was able to have a bit of a break before we started again in Canada. I took advantage of where she excels to stay in the standing and kept her feeling great for the bigger weekends so it all paid off in the end.
How does it feel to have earned the #1 back number for the 2018 CFR?
It feels great. I know my Dad really wanted it, so when I stepped away from Canada for those last two weeks, I was a little worried it would slip away but we hung on and achieved that as well. I’m super happy we got it.
What are your thoughts heading into your first ever NFR?
Don’t even know where to start. Lots of excitement and very excited to have all the prep done and just be running down the alley to see how Ripp loves it. I think it’s the perfect set up for her. I definitely just want to live in the moment with it all to take in that all our hard work has paid off to get to reach our goal.
What are your favorite Classic Equine products?
Do you have any advice for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps one day?\
To never sell yourself short. Just keep pushing through, stay focused on the end goal and you will achieve it. Helps to set stepping stones to achieve the end goal.
The 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo will be held Monday, October 29 thru Sunday, November 4 with rodeo performances running Tuesday thru Sunday. We wish all competitors the best of luck at this always prestigious event!
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The Groom Tote, which is crafted out of tough poly to insure durability, is a great tote to hold all of your brushes, bottles of spray-fly spray, coat conditioner, etc., while having several mesh pockets to hold your water bottle, phone, or other items you might need as you saddle. This useful tote comes with a padded shoulder strap, making it super easy to grab as you load the trailer to head to an event or trail ride.
Whether your horse is stalled at an event or in your barn at home, the Fan Bag is one of the most useful organizational pieces in our line. These stylish bags will hold a standard 20 X 20 box fan and are so easy to use. The Fan Bag saves on storage in your trailer or barn verses traditional metal fan holders. Not only is it a storage saver, it also is equip with nylon webbing for a long-lasting product. The straps of the Fan Bag are adjustable so that you can adjust it for correct airflow to reach any horse in your herd.
Simplicity is the key when it comes to having all of the things you need in one place. The Meds Bag is just that, it’s simple. It is rigid enough to withstand the demands, horse people place on it, while having the features needed to keep your medicine safe and secure. The bag is fully insulated while being equipped with elastic loops to hold your medicine bottles secure, preventing breakage. Not only does this bag have all of the interior needs, it unfolds to hang on the fence so that all of your products are handy and at your fingertips. You can also place ice packs in it to maintain a specific temperature. There are zipper pockets that can hold syringes, needles, or any other of your needs for easy access. This bag is a must-have for all equestrians whether you are on the road or at home.
No matter if you are riding, doing chores in the barn, or exercising the Phone Pack is the perfect addition to your storage needs. It is the perfect place for your phone and other items you might need. It is touchscreen compatible, complete with an adjustable waist strap and padded back with netting for breathability. Don’t leave home without this convenient pack.
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Dear Kassie Mowry,
Classic Equine and on behalf of aspiring young trainers and barrel racers everywhere, would like to congratulate you on the prestigious title of #1 Rider of the Decade, with earnings of over $2 Million. You encompass what it means to be champion. Your hard work and dedication is evident by the number of horses who you have led to become champions as well.
It is hard to believe that nineteen short years ago was your very first barrel racing competition; although, you had experience in dressage and eventing. In that same year you qualified on your neighbor’s unseasoned horse for the National High School Rodeo Finals and won the National High School Barrel Racing Champion title the very next year. In 2001, you qualified and won the National Intercollegiate Barrel Racing title and also won the BFA Sweepstakes Championship.
In 2005 you went on to qualify to your first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo aboard three horses who were just 4 and 5 years old. You also won AQHA Champion and Reserve Champion titles in the Junior Barrel Racing on two of those three horses. In 2006 you started riding horses as your own business. That year you were the BFA Juvenile Futurity Champion as well.
By 2008, you had earned the title of the most winning-est barrel horse trainer because of the 9 horses you trained and rode to victories earning over a quarter of a million dollars in just that year alone. In 2012 you were the Reserve Champion at the BFA Juvenile Futurity with earnings of $72,602 and 2013 won the BBR Slot Race. You continue to shatter earnings records in the futurity arena as well as the professional rodeo arena.
In 2017, you earned $75,000 as the winner of the Diamonds and Dirt Slot Race on Girls Dig Fame and backed that up with the reserve champion spot on Miss JB 136, earning an additional $25,000. In 2017 you entered some pro rodeos, your season earnings were $189,047 and you were ranked 9th in the World standings in which you earned your spot to your second Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, competing at only 26 rodeos throughout the year. You placed in four out of the 10 rounds, including breaking an arena record in round three on the great horse, FirewaterMakeMeHappy.
You won San Angelo, Rodeo Houston, Snake River Stampede, Weatherford, and Springdale just to name a few of your pro rodeo successes.
While these statistics are just a snippet of what all you have accomplished in the barrel racing arena, you are an inspiration to all barrel racers. You have a heart and love for the sport as well as the horses you ride. It is evident every time you swing a leg over one of the great horses you train. Once again, congratulations on earning the prestigious title of highest money earning barrel racer of the decade. Thank you for all you have done to help better our sport and promote barrel racing.
Classic Equine, Aspiring Trainers and Barrel Racers Everywhere
Written by: Christie Long
Life seems to pass by so quickly at times and our lives are always busy. One thing though, that takes away life’s busyness and stress is riding horses. No matter if you are riding on the trail, practicing at home, or competing, one thing that is constant is the 1,000 pound animal underneath us makes dreams come true for us all. When life isn’t a cinch, tighten your cinch and ride your cares away.
Your cinch is a lifeline that holds your saddle in position so that you stay in a stable position ensuring your safety as well as your horse’s safety as you ride. Whether you are trail riding or if you are competing in the arena, proper cinch fit is crucial to your safety and success. Here are some tips to help you choose a proper fitting cinch for your equine companion:
When choosing the size of cinch you will need for your horse, you should measure from one heart girth/sweet spot (shown in the picture) under your horse’s belly to the opposing side. The way to know if you have the chosen the correct size cinch is when the cinch is tight, the D’s should lay flat against the horse’s “sweet spot” on both sides. If the cinch rides above or below this spot, it can cause discomfort and even soreness for your horse.
Your horse needs some flexibility in the cinch when moving. To achieve that flexibility or “give” as your horse moves, you should use a cinch and latigo combination that is conducive to this. Leather is a natural fiber that has “give”, so leather latigos slightly expand and move with the horse as you ride. This allows for a stable, secure fit, while still being comfortable for your horse.
Your cinch is one of the most important pieces of equipment you use each time you saddle up, so it is vital to use a cinch with a stainless steel hardware. Stainless steel hardware is long-lasting, will not rust, corrode, or bind up which are all critical in the integrity and life of your cinch. Classic Equine prides themselves in producing cinches that are made with stainless steel hardware to ensure you are getting the highest quality product possible.
Following these tips will help ensure your horse is comfortable and safe as you ride. Classic Equine is an industry leader in quality and reliability. Be sure to check out the complete line of cinches at www.equibrand.com.
January is one of our favorite times of the year, it’s a time for new beginnings, new goals and resolutions, and for Classic Equine…..new products!
Our mission has always been to provide you and your horse the most innovative and technologically advanced products to best aid in training and competing. The Legacy System has been our best supportive and protective boot on the market, and we have revamped it to make it better than ever.
The new color-match binding offers a sleek look on your horse’s leg. We also made revisions to the patented cradle fetlock system by extending the Kevlar material to the base of the boot for increased durability and long-lasting protection. The Legacy2 closures are its most impressive feature, now flexible and offers a close improved fit, feel and application.
The Legacy2 uses Legacy’s original splint guard and rib for perfect alignment and aids in the prevention of crossfire and other injuries. The body is made of 100% virgin neoprene with maximum flexibility and is perforated to allow the leg to breathe and heat to escape. The bound edges help keep the boot close to your horse’s leg and keep the dirt and debris out.
Last but not least, we have new styles! The classy, neutral tone Caribou is a new addition to the line and the ever so popular Cheetah has made its way as a permanent color. No more limited edition!
One thing you can always be reassured of…we have you and your horse in mind. The new Legacy2 can be found at Classic Equine dealers nationwide. For more information please visit www.classicequine.com. Cheers to 2018!
The coming new year means new adventures! Adventures you will need to pack for. If you’re anything like we are, your equine counterparts and maybe a dog, travel the majority of those miles with you. Our Classic Equine Designer Line Travel Accessories and Totes are designed with your lifestyle and style in mind!
The newest Designer Line Patterns are Boot Stitch, Metallic Arrows, and Patchwork!
The Necessity Tote is the perfect size bag to carry everything you need to the jackpot or the barn. Made of tough nylon with adjustable strap and hook for convenience. MSRP $41.99
The Boot Accessory Tote makes hauling leg protection easier than ever. The PVC mesh allows dirt to escape and has extra pockets of various sizes for cell phones, water bottles, and anything else you might need. MSRP $41.99
The Hanging Groom Case is designed with straps and buckles to go in the barn, your trailer, or wherever you need it to go! Ideal for grooming tools, sprays, boots, and more. MSRP $41.99.
One of our newest products, the Fan Bag, became a hit right away instantly solving the problem of how you are going to hang the fan in the stall in the heat! We are excited to announce we have expanded the selection of Fan Bags to Designer Line patterns! MSRP $19.99
The 2017 Top Load Hay Bags not only come in the three new Designer Line patterns but there are 3 entirely new colors: Check/Red, Check/Teal, and Hashtag/Chocolate. The new sheen look is sleek and is easier to keep clean! MSRP $41.99
Last but definitely not least, the Travel Accessories! All three totes come in Boot Stitch and Metallic Arrows.
The Weekender Duffel is designed with the equine competitor in mind! The large undercarriage department has mesh allowing dirt to escape making it perfect for boots and tennis shoes that have been worn at the arena! Also comes with complimentary full size folding makeup case! MSRP $59.99
The Large Tote and iPad Pack are perfect for all those things you need on the road but can’t seem to find room for! Plenty of room and organization, these are essential for the avid traveler! MSRP Large Tote $36.99, iPad Pack $41.99.
To find a dealer near you or more information on Classic Equine products, please visit our website!