May: Sharing My Love of the Thoroughbred and Learning Mounted Shooting! June 1, 2017 by Katelin Bradley, MRW 2017At the very beginning of May, I did an interview with Gary Hartl during his Breakfast Club morning show on Country 106.1 FM. We talked about upcoming Wisconsin rodeos and I even got to talk about the Kentucky Derby. I am an avid horse racing fan and I jump at any chance to talk about thoroughbreds. When Gary couldn’t remember the year Secretariat won the Triple Crown, “1973” left my mouth before I even had time to think about it, and I quickly followed it up with “he ended a 25 year dry spell. No horse had won the Triple Crown since Citation in 1948.” Although the Kentucky Derby pick I proclaimed on live came up short the first Saturday in May, I still very much enjoyed our interview and look forward to meeting with Gary again! My love of thoroughbreds has carried over to my barrel racing and rodeo career as well. My horse, Corybant, is an off track thoroughbred (OTTB). He was born in New York and raced for Dee Tee Stables. He only won 1 race in 17 career starts, but he had a well-managed racing career and retired sound. He is my third OTTB and I have owned him since October of 2015. He was probably the most difficult horse I have ever worked with, but it has been very rewarding to give him a second career. He actually inspired me to create an online community I call “The Western Thoroughbred”. Through the page I promote the use of thoroughbreds in western events by featuring OTTB success stories. I have assembled a team of page promoters from across the country and even Canada, Australia, and Norway that help me create post ideas and provide informational content. The page has been a great outlet for me to share my love of the thoroughbred with others. Since May is a busy time for the agricultural industry in Northern Wisconsin, I decided to limit my out-of-state travels and focus on preparing my horse for summer rodeo appearances. Corybant and I travelled to Oakfield, Wisconsin for a mounted shooting clinic hosted by Mounted Justice, a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) affiliated club in Wisconsin. The club’s method of desensitizing horses to gunfire was very effective. Corybant took to it very quickly and we were able to shoot through patterns by the end of the day. I figure if he can calmly handle gunfire, he can probably handle the rodeo arena. I also took him to Chism Trail Ranch for a barrel race and carried the American flag for the National Anthem and prayer. It is so fulfilling to see this horse steadily becoming a reliable partner. I cannot thank Gold Medal Trailer Sales enough for allowing me to borrow a trailer during the month of May. I would not have made it to so many events without their generous contribution. Thanks to them, my horse and I are ready for rodeo season in Wisconsin to begin!