Troxel Ambassador, Rachel Gagliardi is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Rodeo Association, competing with the Champion Barrel Racing Team and Reserve Champions in Pole Bending, Breakaway Roping, and Goat Tying. She has been riding horses since the age of eight and loves everything about rodeo competition. Here, Rachel shares her thoughts on the importance of wearing a helmet, regardless of gender.
"You're never too old or too good of a rider to not wear a helmet. It only takes one fall to change your life forever. I'm 60 and still wear mine. I actually got my head pushed up against a stall wall putting someones horse away one time and luckily I had my helmet still on as I was almost knocked out" - Jan Schlippert
It's #WranglerNFR time and Mary Walker, Barrel Racer, is cleaning house. From losing her son to winning four rounds and taking the lead in the overall WPRA Barrel Racing standings - it couldn't be happening to a more deserving woman. See her story here: http://marywalkerbarrelracing.com/#
ON PARADE — Three horses from Freedom Stables, home of the nonprofit AT EASE equine therapy program for disabled veterans, will be among the “first wave” of entries in the inaugural parade Jan. 21, 2012. Shown at left is Mike Olson, commander of Fort Atkinson’s Wisconsin Army National Guard unit, Alpha Troop of the 105th Cavalry, with Zippy, one of the horses that is slated to participate in the parade. — Daily Union photo by Pam Wilson. Click for article.