By: Tammie Hiatt
The Southern Livestock Exposition hosted the IPRA’s National All-Region Finals March 7 – 9. The top four contestants from each of the IPRA’s regions were invited to Montgomery, AL to compete for over $69,000 in prize money and awards.
When the dust settled and the final tallies were in, Louise MacIntyre of Rockmart, GA had earned her first NARF barrel racing championship. The veteran contender edged out Pam Williams of Skiatook, OK by 64 one/hundredths for the average win.
“It was a really close barrel race,” said Louise. “I was so excited to win this rodeo. My mare had been injured and I had been off of her for a year and a half and I’ve just started back running her. I’m so excited to know that she is back!”
“I ended up 8th in the first go, it was so close, there were 5 of us within a tenth of each other. My goal was to just get solid runs and hopefully place in the average. I really don’t like to set goals, I just go and do the best I can and I love it when we do good,” she said. “I won the second go and the average.”
This win landed MacIntyre solidly into the world standings and has changed her game plan for the coming rodeo season. “I had made plans to go quite a bit this year, but now this makes me want to hit the road sooner,” she said.
MacIntyre and husband, Johnny Sims, have been breeding and raising barrel horses since 1978. “The three times I competed at the IFR, I rode three different horses and I raised and trained each of them and they were all related,” said Louise. “It all started out with my stud named Blackjack Cash. He’s the old-time foundation running horse blood. The mare I am riding now is named Candy’s Cash Streak. She is 14. I broke her when she was 3 and started running her at the rodeos when she was a 4 year-old.”
“I rode her mom at one IFR, her name was I’m A Candy Cash and I rode my mare’s aunt, Cash Can Do, at another IFR,” explained Louise. “Blackjack is gone now but we have a son of his that we are breeding. His name is Me Go Hookin Cash. These horses are good minded and quick to learn. They are not always the fastest, but they are workers.”
“They have a willingness to please. Everything young that I am hauling now is out of Me Go. He’s done an awesome job for us and we have some great young horses out of him. We have about 15 – 20 head at all times that we have raised, trained and compete on. We run barrels and poles on everything and we spend a lot of time riding trails,” said Louise.
“We sell a lot of horses but I have to make sure they are getting good homes before I will sell one. It’s more like I place them rather than just selling them,” she laughs.
Louise and Streak may add another page to the IFR and MacIntyre history books if they qualify for IFR44, marking the appearance of another generation of Candy horses to run at the IPRA’s big show.
Visit the IPRA”s website at www.iprarodeo.com to keep up with rodeo listings, results, and standings.