After having such a successful weekend, I was able to catch up with Nicole Laurence before she headed off to Guymon, Oklahoma. Nicole is a beautiful wife, mom, and horse trainer at Star N Barrel Horses who had a very good weekend at some tough Texas rodeos! Nicole started the weekend off by placing very consistently at Corpus Christi, Texas, winning second in the first go, second go, AND the average. Then there was Lufkin, Texas where she grabbed a sixth place check, and finally moved on to Athens, Texas where she took the "W" for the second year in a row. Here are a few questions to get to know Nicole Laurence.
Horses you travel with:
Bully's Little Dash (Buster)
Moon Dancin Rebel (Roby)
Famous Bond (Pistol)
My little family
My daughter Grace and my husband Chase
Favorite rodeo and why
Pendleton, Oregon for the big run on the grass
Nampa, Idaho for the nice setup: plug-ins, grass, stalls and nearby waterpark
How do you prepare for the different arenas?
I have a process for this lol
I watch videos of the setups, make a game plan and usually slow work at home or anywhere the day before and think about my adjustments for that run. Then when I get to the the rodeo I go look at the arena and visualize. Then I get ready with headphones on so I stay relaxed. I don't do much talking to anyone before I run. I like quiet.
What are you thoughts before you go in the arena?
None! I clear my mind completely and just run and let my body take over and trust my muscle memory and reactions.
How do you decide which horse to run at different rodeos?
I usually decide based on the set up and number of rodeos coming up. I know these horses very well and try to set them up where it's best for them. This was learned by trial and error over the last few years.
What is the hardest thing about rodeoing?
Since my wreck this has been my greatest challenge in returning to the rodeos.
Favorite place to eat on the road?
Least favorite place to eat on the road?
Fast food of any kind
What buckle do you wear?
Mineral Wells Pro Rodeo buckle from 2016
What was it like to win Athens?
Really fun! I have a cut on my leg from skimming the first barrel. We don't normally get that close, so I knew it would be hard to outrun. Buster loves that place!
People you would like to thank
My husband Chase, my daughter Grace
My mom and dad, Jeff and Teresa Deason, for always pushing me
Jay, Toni, and Megan Meadows
MVP for the outstanding supplements
Gastroplex Paste and Pellets and Exceed 6 Way
Texas Oxygen and Rosie Bradley
For the great pre-race pastes: Rush, Triple Threat, and Race X
Charlie Buchanan at Brazos Valley Equine
Nicole collectively won a little over $6,000 for the weekend and has great momentum headed into another rodeo-filled weekend! Nicole is currently 46th in the WPRA World Standings with $11,013.87 and only competing at 21 rodeos. We wish you the best this year!
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