Barrel Racer is Country Store Ambassador

The Howard Lake Country Store proudly announces their new barrel racing Ambassador, Vicky Simenson of Darwin, MN. Vicky is the daughter of Steve Simonson and Sharon Galloway.

Currently a sophomore at Dassel-Cokato High School, Vicky plans to compete next summer in several mid-Minnesota barrel racing competitions. With her previous horse, Nick, Vicky won the First Annual Buckle Series at the Kickin’ Up Dust Horse Show held at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, MN. This past summer, Vicky began training and competing with a new partner—a grey, four-year-old quarter horse named Dodger.

“He’s an awesome barrel horse,” says Vicky. “I just need to have him lined up in the slot and trust him to turn the barrel.” When Vicky and Dodger started competing, they were running a 20 second barrel pattern. “Now we’re down around 16,” Vicky smiles.

Vicky’s goals for the coming year include even faster times and cleaner runs. “Dodger is pretty much in his prime right now,” she explains. “Hopefully, he’ll just keep getting better and better.”

“She’s a young woman dedicated to her sport who takes very good care of her animals and has also done all the barrel training on Dodger herself,” says equine specialist Breck Kruger. Vicky, her father Steve, and step-mother Lynn, feed Dodger and the rest of their horses Purina Strategy, which they purchase through the Howard Lake Country Store. “She’s very passionate about what she does, and we’re proud to have her as an ambassador for our store and for Purina Equine Feeds.”

Photos courtesy of David Sterling of Sterling Photography
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