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Jana Pierce Bean

By: Katelyn McLeod, writer for Barrel Horse World

Jana Pierce Bean

Jana Pierce Bean

This 3 time NFR qualifier is no stranger to the winners circle and Kalispell, Montana was the next rodeo with her name on the top of the leaderboard. With Jana fighting for a top 15 position she will continually tell you how thankful and blessed she is to live the rodeo life. After her big win at Kalispell we were able to catch up with her.

Hometown: Ft. Hancock, TX

Horses you travel with:
Chick (Dashing Klee), Freedom (Dash Ta Freedom), Frosty (sign of frost), and Girlfriend (Its Complicated)

Greatest accomplishment:
Well, I think you're wanting something about rodeo but I feel like my son, Jim Breck, and my husband, Breck, are my biggest blessings. As far as rodeo, qualifying for the NFR 3 times has been pretty amazing!

Favorite rodeo and why:
San Antonio because I love their buckles and appreciate the way they take care of their contestants!

How do you prepare for the different arenas? I try to just react to each set up when I get there but if I don't know the arena then I will usually look up some runs on YouTube to try to see the set up.

Jana Pierce Bean

Jana Pierce Bean

What are you thoughts before you go in the arena?
I try to just stay positive and I quote Jeremiah 29:11 and Philippians 4:13 to myself as I go down the alley.

How do you decide which horse to run at different rodeos?
I usually will run Chick if there's more than $5000 added but if the set up doesn't work for him then I will pick a different horse.

What is the hardest thing about rodeoing?
Staying away from family and home!

Favorite place to eat on the road?
Taco Bell

Least favorite place to eat?
Convenience store!

What buckle do you wear?
My first go round buckle from 2015 or the buckle from Coeur d 'Alene Idaho where Chick set the arena record last year.

Jana Pierce Bean

Jana Pierce Bean

What helps to motivate you during the tough times of rodeo?
I have to sometimes stop and remember that I do this because I love running barrels and remember that it is my passion rather than a job! And I'm very blessed to make a living doing my passion!

What was your goal for this year when you hit the road?
Make the NFR!

Explain what it was like to win Kalispell, MT?
It was a very important win because I have been struggling this year to get things turned around and my horse is finally healthy and feels like himself again! I also made a promise to my mom that I would make the finals and that was the last thing I got to say her to before her passing so I have a pretty big promise to fill!

I would really like to thank my husband Breck Bean and son Jim Breck Bean for their endless support and love! Couldn't do it without them! I also want to thank all my family and friends who offer their prayers and support through this journey! My sponsors have been unbelievably supportive and I feel very blessed to have them! Classic Equine, OxyGen, Purina, Equiresp, PHT, Bloomer Trailers, Resistol, Double J, Mirage Las Vegas, Horseware and Nickelbar Designs. Thank you to all of them!

Jana is hanging tough at number 20 in the WPRA World Standings with $54,974.56 and competing at 68 rodeos. Good luck the rest of the year Jana, finish strong!

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