Randy Spraggins, barrel racing’s most decorated footing expert, joins host Kayla Jones on The Money Barrel podcast to discuss his career and knowledge of all types of ground.
Spraggins is also the recipient of the prestigious WPRA Outstanding individual award. The following passage, courtesy of the WPRA, explains why Spraggins was chosen for the 2023 installment of the title.
Honored this year with the Outstanding Individual Award is Randy Spraggins. Spraggins has long been a favorite “dirt guy” among WPRA barrel racers and he continues to show why he is truly the best in the business. Two major examples of his dedication to good safe ground came in 2023 when he was called upon to consult with RodeoHouston and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo when they were having issues with their ground conditions. Both times Spraggins stepped right in and provided what service he could. In Cheyenne, his work and expertise resulted in two arena records being set in the final round.
Spraggins has truly learned the art of dirt after 40 years in the business. He came to the rodeo world via motor sports with truck and tractor pulls and a chance encounter of working with the late Jerome Robinson at an event in St. Louis. He had always had an interest in the sport of rodeo, but it was Robinson who invited him into the rodeo world, where he has remained and continues to make an impact.
“My goal for any event/rodeo committee’s ground is safety for animals and humans which then lends itself to a smoother rodeo production,” noted Randy Spraggins. “If the ground is safe then every animal can perform to its full potential whether it be a barrel horse, bucking horse or timed event horse.”Courtesy WPRA
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