Darla seems to have a natural talent for training barrel horses…Is it a natural talent or the result of good ole hard work and determination? Or is it a combination of both? Either way, in the end, the result would ultimately be the same. Her dedication has earned Darla a long list of accomplishments. Let’s find out more….
“I have a burning desire to be on the back of a horse”
I grew up in Deer Trail, Colorado, a small town on the eastern plains with my parents and 4 siblings. I did not come from a rodeo family or family that “knows” horses. My sister and I both had a horse, but neither one of them were bred to do anything-we just rode them. We didn’t even own a trailer. So quite frankly, I don’t even know how we got the horses home. My mother is deathly afraid of horses and still to this day dislikes the fact that I ride young ones every day. I have always loved horses and continue to have a burning desire to be on the back of a horse. I was not able to have a barrel horse until I was out of the house and married. I purchased a 3 year old and we both learned together. Today my husband and I reside in Kiowa, CO. We have three children: Justin 23, Erica 21 and Logan 15. I enjoy camping, hiking and doing stuff with my family.
What barrel racer got you started?I attended a Gary and Judy Townsend Barrel Racing Clinic. I believe this couple had worked for Martha Josey so they were teaching Martha’s style. Loved it!!
The horse that launched her career…I won the AQHA World on Designer Red in 2002 then followed that up with a little mare that I had trained named Modan Cindy. I won AQHA Res World Champion and the BFA Year End World Championship, as well as AQHA Best of Americas Horse on her. Read more...
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MODERN THIRD ROCK & DARLA running the fastest time of 1400 entires & setting an arena record in OKC with a 14.834.
First barrel training video
Second barrel training video