2023 Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finalist Heather Crowley

Which horse(s) are you taking to the finals? Aint She Perfect (2018 Chestnut Mare by Aint Seen Nothin Yet x Lenas Slinky Quixote by Smart N Slinky, PESI Enrolled) aka Lucy, TS Night Rider (2017 Buckskin Mare by Tres My Fame x TS Famous Fannie by PC Mr Sun Peppy) aka Elektra, TS Surley Perks aka Shazam

What is unique about their personality and what are their strengths? How tall are they and what is their weight (thought it would be fun to compare)? Lucy is around 15 hands tall. I'm not sure exactly what she weighs, but probably around 1100 lbs. She has so much personality. Sometimes she acts more human than horse. Her strenth is her try! She always gives it her all. Elektra is 15.3 or 16 hands tall and probably close to 1300lbs. She's big and strong and handles any kind of ground and always goes in the arena to work. Shazam is 15.3 and around 1200 lbs. She's got a big motor and she honestly had no weaknesses this summer except maybe her jockey getting her timing figured out. She was great in every situation I put her in.

When did you start competing in barrels? When I was 8 at the youth rodeo series down the rode. 

How long have you been a WPRA member? 10 years I think.

Do you raise your own horses? Or do you purchase? Are you looking for specific bloodlines? Both. I purchased Lucy as a four-year-old with a good start on her, and Elektra I purchased as a two-year-old. Currently waiting on the ones I raised to grow up. I have a few ASNY's and have liked them all so far, however, I really focus on mare power. If the mare has done or produced something, I'll worry about that more than specific bloodlines. 

What are your conditioning and workout routines for both you and your horse(s)? I ride each horse about 5 or 6 days a week starting with around 30 minutes of long trotting and try to include some hills in that time. Finishing with tuning whatever I think needs work that day (Circles, softening something, or barrel work). I try to workout personally everyday for around 30 minutes but in reality I'm probaby lucky if I get 3 or 4 days a week in. I usually focus on core and overall strength. 

When you're headed to the rodeo what do you listen to: inspirational podcasts, music, audio books? My kids! lol but also love informational podcasts.

What or who are you thankful for? Too many things to list but my friends and family first and foremost, I have also been blessed with some outstanding horses and getting to do what I love.

Do you have favorite spots to stop at while on the road? We try to find new adventures while on the road. Museums or fun things to do with the kids.

Who do you travel with (including pets or companion horses) and in what kind of rig? Two wild kids, my husband, and Monti the weenie dog. Usually a rodeo horse, calf horse, kid horse and a the next colt that needs seasoned in a Rodeo Rigs dually and living quarters trailer. 

What are your favorite memories/highlights and obstacles you faced getting to the 2023 circuit finals?  I have so many great memories from this summer but a couple of my favorites are Lucy winning second at Belt when I had no expectation other than to season my colt and her winning 3rd at Wolf Point under lights in a perf for the first time after winning the Glacier Chaser futurity earlier that weekend. Shazam was also amazing this summer. I didn't always ride her the best with trying to switch between horses but she placed in the top few at every rodeo I did my part at. One of my favorites was Plains where my whole family walked me in the arena and it was on the cowboy channel. JC with Dash in front of him on his calf horse and Thea riding Lucy and Shazam laid a run down to win second. There were many obstacles this year. We enjoy rodeoing as a family, but this year JC battled injuries. I tried to rodeo and go to the futurities this year and that was tough. I was ready for a break at the end of the summer, but we all know that not always do your horses feel good and work good and wanted to give them the chance to shine while they are. 

What are your hobbies or other sports you compete in? Chasing after kids! I also enjoy roping, painting and maybe a little snowboarding in the winter. 

The Run Down 
Saddle: Robbie Phillips
| Pad: Classic Equine zone or felt pad
Leg Gear: Classic Fit 
Bits: Kerry Kelly Ticket bit on Lucy with a three piece dog bone all summer but switched to a Jordon Briggs short shank with a Billy Allen mouth piece later. A Kerry Kelly Magnum with a slow twist and cricket on Shazam, and a Schoneberg reverse gag mullen mouthpiece on Elektra.
| Feed and Supplements (in addition to what, how much you feed daily): Blue Bonnet feed, purina supersport, and then I sort of adjust as I feel each horse needs on supplements. A few of my go tos are Mag Max from oxygen and the stride animal health supplements. 
Additional Care: Accuscope, and Osteopath in additional to normal dental and vet care
Sponsors: Becky Fuson with Stride Animal Health
Rodeo Rigs and my family!!!