Preventing Charginess to the First Barrel

Cheyene Wimberley talks about how to keep horses calm and focused in the alley and on the way to the first barrel.
Cheyenne Wimberley talks through first barrel drills

Having a horse that charges in the alley can cause you to blow the first barrel, also known as “The Money Barrel,” which isn’t to be confused with The Money Barrel Podcast.

Cheyenne Wimberley works through some drills that she has found helps horses stay balanced and in control so that they can nail their first barrel.

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About Cheyenne Wimberley

Wimberley was just a kid when she made her first two trips to the National Finals Rodeo in 1997 and 1998. Since then, she has career earnings of $456,441 and gaining in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. The five-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier also won round one of the 2021 Wrangler NFR. She is currently competing with five different horses in addition to running her own equine insurance business. 

“Cheyenne welcomed us into her facility and gave us a glimpse behind the scenes of what it takes to succeed as a professional barrel racer,” said Bonnie Wheatley, content director for Barrel Racing Magazine and “From her mentality to her day-to-day training and horse care routines, I think riders of all skill levels can benefit from what Cheyenne shared in these videos from her lifetime spent competing at the highest level. Like all the experts we work with, Cheyenne is committed to bettering this industry by sharing her knowledge and it was an honor to work with her.”

In her new series, Wimberley covers topics to improve your run such as first barrel footwork, driving with the inside hind leg, maintaining forward motion to the third barrel, and many more. She also offers tips on mastering the barrel racing mental game, covering topics like pre-run anxiety, work ethic, dedication, and more.  


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