Speaker Profile: Megan Sparks (4th Safety Symposium)

14 year-old barrel racer Megan Sparks from Ohio started riding at the age of 3. Sparks rode English/Hunter Jumper then switched disciplines to running barrels at the age of 8.  She is currently in 8th grade training with Ty Mitchell and the team at the Josey Ranch.

Accomplishments:
  • 2012 IBRA National Finals, 7th in 1D Open 2nd Go out of 500+ entries
  • 2012 IBRA National Finals, 2nd in 1D Youth Long Go out of 250 entries
  • 2012 Josey Jr. World Top 5 1D Finalist
  • 2012 Josey Jr. World  1D, First Go Champion out of 540 entries
  • 2012 AQHA Youth World Qualifier (placed 6th in qualifying round)
  • 2011 NBHA Youth World Qualifier (qualified 4 horses)
  • 2011 4th Place 1D Youth IBRA National Finals
  • 2011 NBHA Open World Finalist
  • 2011 Josey Jr. World top finalist
  • 2010 Ohio State Fair Barrel Champion
  • 4 Time State Youth Championship Barrel Champion
  • 4 Time State Youth Championship Reserve pole champion
  • 2010 & 2011 IBRA National qualifier
  • Top 20 Youth Barrels 2010 Quarter Horse Congress
“I have the Cheyenne Rowdy Troxel helmet and I love the feel, the fit, and especially the look!” Says Sparks. “I like to wear helmets when barrel racing because I feel safer going at fast speeds.  I always get asked what kind of helmet I wear.  I’ve always worn a Troxel since I was riding English at the age of 3.  People tell me they like to see someone barrel racing wearing a helmet because almost everyone else is wearing cowgirl hats.  Lastly, my favorite and only color that I run barrels in is orange and my Cheyenne Rowdy goes perfectly with it.”

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