2022 Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finalist Jacey Fortier

Which horse(s) are you taking to the finals? What are their lifetime earnings? Teddy – LTE of over $80,000 running barrels, team roping and breakaway roping

What is unique about their personality and what are their strengths? Teddy is all business. Doesn’t like to be pet or hugged much. He is getting better but he’s all about doing the job even though he has very little patience. Teddy also knows when we do good. He walks back to the trailer like he just won the Kentucky Derby! When we don’t do so well, he knows and is almost bummed out. But every time I back in the box he gives me 100%.

When did you start competing in breakaway? I can’t remember a time not swinging a rope. I remember roping the dummy with my mom and dad when I was little. I was around 8 or 9 though when I started breakaway roping.

Do you raise your own horses? Or do you purchase? Are you looking for specific bloodlines? Yes, we raise most of our own horses. I look for something with run and good athletic ability.

What are your conditioning and workout routines for both you and your horse(s)? I exercise my horses 3-4 times a week either long trotting or loping circles. Circles help keep Teddy slowed down and thinking a little more. Also helps keep his back muscles working and in shape. I try to practice on him about 2 times a week as well.

When you're headed to the rodeo what do you listen to: inspirational podcasts, music, audio books? LOTS of music. My playlist is a combination of everything.

Do you have a rodeo idol and reasons why? I look up to a lot of people for different reasons. Joe B, Cody Ohl, Tyson Durfey.

Do you have favorite spots to stop at while on the road? I have favorite gas stations. Most of them is because of cheaper fuel or easy to get in and out of. Also depends how far we are going but easy to water horses and unload is another reason I have favorites.

Who do you travel with (including pets or companion horses) and in what kind of rig? I travel with Anna Callaway, Sarah Verhelst and Joey Williams our rig changed a lot depending on the weekend. I also have a Border Collie dog that goes with me named Jimmy.

What are your favorite memories/highlights and obstacles you faced getting to the 2022 circuit finals? This year was a little more of a struggle for me. It started out great with a win at Belt and then splitting the win at Red Lodge and then it seemed to go downhill from there. My horse got pretty sore towards the end of July and it took me a couple weeks to get things fixed and rolling again. I was fortunate enough that I had got some good checks at the beginning of the year to get me back to the circuit finals. It was fun to get to go to some new rodeos this year in the Montana Circuit. Like Glasgow and Red Lodge.

How do you juggle family life while on the road? Well, it’s just me so it’s pretty easy. I do have to thank my mom for taking care of all my 4-legged animals at home when I’m gone or I wouldn’t be able to be gone as much as I am.

What are your hobbies or other sports you compete in? I don’t have to many hobbies. I do team rope and I have a head horse again and got to go to the Wrangler finals this year. I didn’t realize how much I missed team roping till getting to do it again!

The Run Down
Saddle: Tod Slone
Pad: Bayou West with a Navajo
Leg Gear: Nothing but Classic Equine!
Bits: Petska
Rope: 10.0-10.5 Striker by Rattler (BEST rope you can get)
Feed and Supplements (in addition to what, how much you feed daily):  Grass/Alfalfa hay, whole oats
Additional Care: PEMF, also have my mom work on my horse to keep him feeling his best.
Sponsors: Eightaway Breakaways