By Kendra Dickson
Gold Buckle Barrel Horses

      by, Kendra Dickson

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Each year generous sponsors and saddle makers create unique saddles for the WNFR Qualifiers. At the WPRA welcome meeting just before the start of the NFR the girls draw the saddles they will get from a hat. Rodeo for A Reason was blessed to be able to sponsor a saddle for the 2015 NFR made by Rocket Shop Saddlery. Callie Duperier, 2015 reigning world champion, was the winner of our saddle! 

Team Gold Buckle is proud to announce that our very own Dover has made it into 3 different magazine publications in the month of December alone!! Keep an eye out, you never know where he may pop up next :)


Come join Kendra Dickson and the entire Rodeo for A Reason team Aug 28-30th, 2015 @ Flying C Bar Ranch, Depew, OK... The Elite of the barrel industry come together for a powerhouse clinic! Jackie Jatzlau, Annesa Self, PJ Burger, Kendra Dickson, Sharin Hall and Tana Poppino will each be doing 1/2 day clinics. You will be able to ask the clinician questions and get autographs. Guest speakers include Chris Martin, Jessika Hulslander, Bro. George Brock and Leann Hart. We are having a silent auction and we will be giving away great prizes. Barrels by day / campfire and fellowship by night.  

This clinic is 'Spectator Only.' No horses allowed on premises. 
Clinic and camping are FREE, but registration IS REQUIRED

Click on Link to Register.......


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Riding for a Cause

SAN ANGELO, Texas - More than 200 competitors demonstrated their skills in the barrel racing slack competition — a one-run event at the 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena.

The top 120 contenders earn a spot in one of the upcoming 10 rodeo performances. The top 12 return to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Short Go held Feb. 28.

Longtime competitor PJ Burger, of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, said Monday she was “tickled” to be competing in the event. She is returning after recovering from a car wreck.

Kendra Dickson is riding in honor of Makailey Brock, a fellow competitor who has juvenile diabetes. She refers to Brock as a member of her rodeo family.

“I’m riding in her honor, and 10 percent of my (winnings go) to the juvenile diabetes foundation,” Dickson said.

Along with cheers for each contestant, family, friends and rodeo staff showed an outpouring of help and concern when Rose Jones and her horse took a tumble in the dirt during the competition.

Scamper Cole said the San Angelo barrel racing slack is her favorite.

“This is it,” Cole said. “It’s as tough as it gets.” **** Correction: Dover is proudly owned by Kendra Dickson

Dickson Wins Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award in Fort Worth
By Jolee Lautaret-Jordan

Photo by Kenneth Springer

Fort Worth, TX — The 119th edition of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo swung to its conclusion on Saturday, February 7 with two performances including the Championship Round on Saturday night.

For the ladies of the WPRA, there were two prizes at stake: a share of the half million dollar purse for the rodeo itself and an additional bonus of $5,000 to the lady voted the best dressed for the Jerry Ann Taylor Award. The award is sponsored by the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in honor of the late Jerry Ann Taylor, a Hall of Fame trick rider.

Kendra Dickson has had a hand in both the first two awards given here; she won it herself in 2013 and helped design 2014 winner Jane Melby's award-winning outfit. Dickson was back again in 2015 but faced stiff competition from another past winner of the award, Fallon Taylor. Though she hadn't won here in Fort Worth, Taylor took the award at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2013 and 2014.

As it turned out, Dickson would prevail again. Wearing gold in support of children's cancer, as she always does, Dickson sparkled her way through the short go to capture the award again in2015.

Congratulations and thanks to all those that support this award.

Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award up for Grabs in Ft. Worth
By Kenneth Springer

Fort Worth, TX — For the third consecutive year the Best Dressed WPRA barrel racer in the Finals at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo will receive a $5,000 bonus check in memory of Cowgirl Hall of Famer Jerry Ann Taylor.  Combined the two cowgirls pictured—Jane Melby and Kendra Dickson--have collected $10,000 from the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed fund.  Dickson (right), from Aubrey, Texas set the standard as the first winner in 2013 and Melby, formerly from Backus, Minn., but now solidly rooted in Burneyville, Okla., took home the big check in 2014. Who will win it in 2015?

Barrel Racer Rides for a Cause at the National Western

By Susan Kanode

For the National Western Stock Show

            DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 19, 2014) — With two action-packed performances at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo on Friday, fans had plenty of time to make some noise.

            Without a doubt, the most excited they got was during the barrel racing at the evening performance. On the same night as the Claire Davis Memorial Horse Show was held in the Events Center, barrel racer Kendra Dickson from Aubrey, Texas dedicated her performance at the rodeo to the young woman who lost her life from a gunshot wound sustained at her high school on Dec. 13. She lived for another eight days.

            Dickson, who is well known in rodeo circles for her caring nature and philanthropy was all decked out in black and gold and even had gold fringe on her horse’s tack representing the colors of the Arapahoe High School Warriors.

            The crowd in the Denver Coliseum erupted when Boyd Polhamus announced that Dickson was riding for Davis. To top it off, Dickson and her roan horse Dover stopped the clock in 15.52 seconds, the second fastest run of the rodeo here so far. And she gets to make another run here Saturday morning.

            “The people I’m staying with are friends of Claire’s family,” Dickson said. “God laid it on my heart that I should do this.”

            Dickson is also riding for Taylor Tornado a young boy with cancer. She has pledged a percentage of her earnings to Taylor Tornado Blows Away Neuroblastoma and the Claire Davis Fund.

Dover - Horse of the Week 

January 23, 2013 

Dr. Te Hancock, aka "Dover", is one tough cookie!  He has overcome many tests and trials throughout his pro rodeo career, including colic surgery in 2012.  Praise be to God, Dover is back to his old winning ways and excited to be in pursuit of the 2013 NFR Dream!

North Texas Barrel Racer Using Her Faith To ‘Rodeo For A Reason’


Tim Tebow isn’t the only professional athlete with an open profession of faith. One of the top female professional rodeo riders is doing the same thing – only different.

“I want people to know there is a way. You can have hope. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. But you need to have a relationship with Christ. That comes first,” Kendra Dickson said.

Kendra Dickson is a champion barrel racer, one of the top 10 in the nation. She’s from Aubrey. She’s won dozens of trophies and barrels of money. She’s beautiful, a former rodeo queen.

She’s a barrel racing expert. She earns extra bucks for that expertise. But not always.  Kendra uses barrel racing as a platform for her faith, holding half a dozen FREE barrel riding clinics every year, where she shows kids the way, the truth and the life. She calls it “Rodeo for a Reason,” and the people who help her with her mission “Team Gold Buckle.”

Depending on the rodeo schedule, Kendra holds six to seven free clinics every year. Hundreds of riders have participated in her free programs.

“It’s not a bible beatin’, you know, holy spirit hoedown. We don’t try to beat them over the head with it. But we try to live as Christ’s example,” Kendra said. At Kendra’s free barrel racing clinics, a free saddle is awarded not to the fastest or the most improved but to the one voted by their peers as having displayed the best character. One of the saddles she’s planning to give away sits inside her house. Picking it up she said, “”This is a hand-tooled, custom made Billy Cooke.” It’s a $1,200 saddle. “One of many that we may give away in 2012,” she said. She also holds barrel racing benefits for charities, bringing in food and thousands of dollars to people who’ve never even been near a horse.

Last fall, she helped to raise $3,600 for the Shepherd’s Hand in Denton, a ministry that feeds and prays for the homeless and underemployed. Diana Garrison is their director. “It’s a ministry God called me to start in October 2008. We opened, fed 400 people that month and I thought ‘Oh, that’s amazing.’ We now feed over 6,000 people a month,” she said. On this day, with only one person bagging groceries and a line of hungry people and families beginning to form, Kendra leaped into the kitchen and into action, bagging groceries. “To see the look in their eye and to see the genuine appreciation from them. Those are moments I will never forget,” she said.

Kendra grew up on a horse. “I’ve been in the saddle on horseback since before I could walk,” she explained. She also grew up in the church

“I grew up in a very small southern baptist church. We went to church every Sunday. And, I just didn’t get it,” Kendra said. “My mind was always wandering back to the ranch and back to my horses,” she said. “In my early ’20’s, I just felt lost,” she said. It was a time when Kendra said nothing seemed to be going her way. So, I was a very depressed young lady. Ironically, my mother led me to the Lord,” Dickson said. The two hadn’t spoken in four years. “One day when she called, I didn’t hang up. And, she said I’d like to meet with you. And, when I met with her I saw genuine changes in her life and in her personality and in the way she spoke to me. I thought, ‘If this God can do something for her, maybe He can do something for me to,” she said. Now, Kendra holds both reigns on a path she believes that’s meant to be, but stops just short of calling it “perfect.”

In November of 2010 Dickson was diagnosed with skin cancer. “My friends and I would have contests to see who could be the most tan. I won a lot of times. But little did I know I wasn’t winning at all,” she said.

She is cancer free now, but there are other setbacks. She knocked over not one but two barrels at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, knocking her out of that competition. “I do have challenges just like everyone,” Kendra said but her life is now better than she ever could have imagined.

“It’s truly more than I ever asked for,” she said.

Kendra also sells barrel racing horses through her website, She says potential buyers always ask where her horses come from, which typically opens another door for her to share her faith. “I’ll just say, ‘Well, I prayed over this little horse today or I prayed over this little horse last week and here you are!” she said. “They seem to come to me. The right horses, at the right time for the right reasons. And that’s my key to success,” she said.

Now she wants to bring as many people as she can along for the ride. Kendra hopes to make it to the National Rodeo Finals held in Las Vegas at the end of the year where she’ll have a chance to compete for the Championship and a chance to give away 10 saddles – one for every competition round to raise money for 10 different charities.

Only the top 15 can go. Kendra is ranked 8th right now.

WPRA Barrel Racer Kendra Dickson... Gold Buckle Dreams

For an in depth behind the scenes look into Kendra Dickson's life at home and on the road read the 4 part article written by On The Rodeo Road.

A behind the scenes video of Kendra Dickson and Dover's trip to Rodeo Houston 2012