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!
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.
Legacy by one, specific definition is a gift of property. After the passing of French Flash Hawk aka “Bozo”, it is uncontested that he has his own estate in barrel racing history. This week’s episode on Racer’s Edge sparked the memory of how he was also a testament to what eventually became our Legacy System.
In 1996 the first Legacy splint boot was developed by us as a startup company, Classic Equine. Robby Wilson who worked on the first Legacy prototype and still does product research and development for Classic Equine today, wanted to develop a boot unlike anything on the market. Kristie Peterson and Bozo were an obvious choice to help test the first samples along with team ropers and several professionals from the cutting pen. Prior to Bozo wearing Legacy boots, ropers had been competing in the boot, and all loved it. None of the rope horses or cutting horses tested the boot’s limits like Bozo did. Kristie liked the boots, but sent the boots back in less than a month already torn up! Bozo had burnt holes in the hind boots because he got in the ground so hard. Robby and the development team knew that the boot needed to be revamped if it couldn’t withstand the rigors of the current World Champion. So it was back to the drawing board for the Classic Equine Legacy.
The next phases of research and development challenged what could be added to the back of the hind boots in order to make them tougher and durable enough to withstand the rodeo road. A contact was made to Dupont™ about their Kevlar® used in bullet proof vests for research on how it could be applied to the design. Positive feedback came from this relationship and Robby’s theory was applied to the exterior of the Legacy’s patented fetlock cradle system. It worked and from then on, the Legacy was deemed “tough enough for Bozo.”
Robby stated that, “Bozo was just cool- he was a great horse to test products and Kristie always had great feedback, and was very receptive. It is through our professionals and their great horses that we are able to make our products meet the highest of expectations.”
The Classic Equine Legacy System was made to work with the horse’s own natural support structures. The goal was to make a boot that supported the horse’s natural ability to stop, turn, and accelerate. The Legacy System reinforces these motions and provides protection to the critical structures of the leg by cradling the fetlock and providing suspensory support without inhibiting movement. Today, we appreciate the beginning of the Legacy’s legacy and how far it has come. Classic Equine is privileged by the amazing horses that have worn it for their careers, and to the current and future super stars competing in it today.