The Hotshot Story, with Tyrney Steinhoff Small

Learn about the great gelding HotShot in this episode of The Money Barrel Podcast.
Barrel horse Hotshot
Courtesy Steinhoff Family | Kenneth Springer Photography

Nate Shilabar, also known as “Hotshot,” etched his name in the history books as one of the most impressive barrel racing horses in history with multiple jockeys, and Tyrney Steinhoff Small is on this episode of The Money Barrel to go into detail on what it was like owning and riding the incredible barrel horse Hotshot at a young age.

The HotShot summary

In the early 2000’s, when barrel racers heard Shania Twain’s “Man, I feel like a woman,” come on at a barrel race in the Eastern United States especially, they knew it was time to run to the fence and watch the dominating HotShot run and likely change the leaderboard. HotShot was purchased out of a sale barn and trained by Peyton Raney, who had tremendous success on him. She won the 1997 Rookie of the Year title and an NFR qualification on the gelding, then in 2001, Janet Stover leased HotShot for the NFR. His record-breaking performance inside the Thomas & Mack helped Stover clinch the WPRA world championship—records that would still hold today if his earnings at the time were tied to the current, increased NFR payout.

Hotshot barrel horse pedigree

Then, the small horse went on to secure his spot in the history books with the Steinhoff family. Jockeyed by Tanya, Tyrney, and Taylor Steinhoff for over a decade, HotShot continued to absolutely terrorize the barrel racing community until his passing in 2011.

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