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!
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