When Lindsay Jensen went looking for her next hunter/jumper prospect she had no idea the 16 hand grey mare would not only steal her heart but completely change her riding style. Arghazi was lightly raced with only 4 starts, winning once and earning just over $12k for her connections. Her race trainer was also a show announcer where Lindsay competed. When he was unsuccessful finding her a jumping home, he gave her to Lindsay. As Lindsay got to know "Andy" better, she realized that the mare didn't really have what it took be a good hunter. She didn't have the scope needed to safely make it over the jumps or hit the strides and Lindsay felt maybe she would try something different. At the time, Lindsay was dating a cowboy...a switch of tack seemed like a fun thing to try. Neither Lindsay, nor Andy had ever tried Barrel Racing before but with the mare's Quarter Horse type build, she felt this might be the sport that would suit her best. As Lindsay found out, turning 3 barrels wasn't quite as easy as it looked. Through a lot of hard work and time in the saddle, the pair began to turn heads at Barrel races and rodeos all over her home state of Minnesota. I asked Lindsay what makes Andy so special and what are some of their accomplishments together? You had better take a seat now because the list is long!
"She has a lot of heart, and she really tries her heart out for me, we have been together as a team for 7 years, we click really well. She would probably jump a ring of fire if I asked her to. She also runs barrels as well as the QH's because shes built correctly and is sturdy."
And some accomplishements to date?
"She filled my WPRA permit, and has since won a decent amount of money in the pro rodeo world, we have won amateur rodeos, many 1d wins, UBRA top 5 in the 1d year end, TBBRA top money winner for the year, NBHA 1d Reserve Champion for MN04, BBR Finals qualifer, NBHA World qualifier."
Lindsay spent her younger years riding many fancy hunter ponies, won a lot in the children's and junior hunters and eventually graduated into the jumper ring. She decided to trade her helmet in for a cowboy hat, started riding barrels and has never looked back. She owes that big step to Andy.
"I attended NWOSU in Alva, OK for a few years and I was a member of NIRA, and college rodeoed. I now how been training barrel horses and starting colts for about 4 years now, which takes up most of my time! I currently own two five year old mares that I plan to futurity a little bit this year."
Will she keep competing on throughbreds? She says usually the right ones seem to fall inbto her lap at the right time. Andy is living proof that a horse off of the track can not only compete in a sport they aren't normally bred to do, but if they are put together for that job, they can do it well against other breeds that are more typical for that sport!
Lindsay still has her first thoroughbred, "Here's To Ya" who is now 35 years old and retired.
If you would like to contact Lindsay about retraining a thoroughbred for Barrel Racing she can be reached on Facebook or on her website: http://www.rushmeadowfarm.webs.com/