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