Barrel Racing Survival Guide 101: Guest Post by Megan Sparks

Troxel product ambassador and 2014 IBRA 1D Open champion, Megan Sparks started riding at the age of 3 and running barrels when she was 8. Here, Megan shares three tips for succeeding in the sport of barrel racing, whether you're new to riding or a seasoned pro.


Troxel Ambassador, Rachel Gagliardi, has been riding horses since the age of eight and loves everything about rodeo competition. Here, she shares her thoughts on the importance of wearing a helmet, regardless of gender.

Troxel Ambassador, Steve Edwards has been training mules and donkeys for over 30 years. Here, Steve disspells the common stereotype of the "stubborn" mule and explains why they're a great choice for your next trail ride.

Rachel Gagliardi is a seasoned youth rodeo competitor who has been riding horses since the age of eight. Here, she shares why she chooses to wear a helmet in a sport heavily dominated by cowboy hats versus protective headgear.

Horse Master Julie Goodnight has more than a quarter-century of horse training experience. In this guest post, she shares her experiences wearing a helmet in a world heavily dominated by non-helmet wearers.