I have been blessed to know all the clinicians but one... Kendra Dickson. I knew who she was but I don't think we had ever been introduced. In January I was at Ft Worth rodeo and saw her awesome run! She is such a talented woman! When I called her about Jesus Take The Reins- barrel racing clinic she was so excited!!! Even though I was a stranger she asked what can Rodeo For A Reason do to help? She is truly one of a kind! I absolutely love her and can't wait till the clinic so we can officially meet! Lol Kendra will be bringing her entire crew to help with the event! Looking forward to it : )
My Journey with Gold Buckle Barrel horses begins in 2006. Before express lane barrel clinics began. I remember calling Kendra Dickson one night because at the time her website crashed over a horse named Buddha. I was terrified to call at first, but I did. I never expected to have someone answer the phone. But she did. Then she went on to tell about a clinic she was going to do in North Carolina. She ask if I could try and help gather up students and I could come be a spectator. Unfortunately, the clinic had to be canceled because there wasn't enough students. However, Kendra and I would continue to keep in touch once a week and I would ask if there was anything I could help pray for that week and our friendship grew. Well, after about a year. Kendra called me and said I want you to be in prayer over something. I'm starting my own clinics. So, I began to fervently pray over this. Before you know it Express Lane Clinics began in 2007 with the very first clinic in Spring Creek? I can't remember the exact name of the location. I remember I worked my tail off to come to the clinic all spring. I worked at Arby's at the time. I came and spent the week at Kendra's. She taught me how to barrel race that week. Took me to some great places and we worked on prepping stuff for the clinic's. I've never had more fun. So finally the clinic began. We had a slew of students attend. I had a blast from the knowledge I learned and the people I met. They were giving away a Trophy Saddle to the person with the best Champion attitude. Never in a million years did I think that I would walk away with the very first Trophy Saddle that year. In the great words of Kendra, "It's a total God thing". You all will never know how much that blessed my life. Did I mention that from the start of these clinics. We have Never charged anyone to attend. Everyone that has come to work them or attended as a student has all been Free. After that clinic in 2007, that blazed the trail for many others. I returned to help work some clinics in Ada, Oklahoma; Sulphur Springs, TX; Kellyville, Oklahoma; and Denton, TX. Rodeo for a reason has been such an amazing and incredible part of my life. I have gotten to meet so many wonderful people and help encourage them along their journey with barrels and faith as well. I can't even begin to put into words what these clinics and my friendship with Kendra Dickson has done and meant to this guy from East, Tennessee. Kendra and several of the other team members haven't been just friends. They have become family. Much love y'all!
Torri Fain is from Johnson City Texas. She purchased her first GBBH , French Fry, in April of 2012 and in February, 2013 purchased her 2nd GBBH, Carlos. Torri has had great success on both horses winning cash, buckles, and a trailer, competing across Texas and qualifying and competing at NBHA Youth World in Georgia. Torri contributes her success to what she has learned from attending Rodeo for a Reason Clinics and being a GBBH team member. Special thank you to Kendra and Chrystal for everything you have done for me.