Every year the top cowboys and cowgirls in the world, vie for a chance to compete in December at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) in Las Vegas. To qualify, these elite athletes must be ranked amongst the top 15 money winners in their event, and will compete against one another for ten consecutive performances at a chance to be crowned a World Champion. This year, Justin Boots has ten team members, who have qualified to try to win under the bright lights of the Thomas and Mack. We are very proud of how these cowboys and cowgirls represent the brand in and outside of the arena. Each week leading up to the WNFR, we will feature two Justin qualifiers, so that our fans can get to know them a little better.
This week we're talking with Kaley Bass:
1. Congrats on qualifying for your first ever trip to the Wrangler NFR! What are you most looking forward to?
I'm really looking forward to riding into the Thomas and Mack for the first time with the BIG crowd carrying the FLORIDA flag. I am also excited about running down the alley with a horse that I've had since he was three years old. I've accomplished a lot with Cowboy and the feeling is going to be unbelievable. Just knowing we've made it to the NFR together already is unbelievable itself!!
2. Many of our fans do not realize how much goes into qualify for the WNFR. What precautions did you take to make sure that Cowboy stays in top running shape?
I always making sure I ride Cowboy and work him away from arena's, just slow riding enough to keep him in good running shape. I make sure he's not feeling sore as much as I run him throughout the year. I had Alicia Stockton go with me this summer she was a great help to my horses and I, she always made sure I had a positive attitude and that my horses were feeling good and eating good. On top of all that she always kept me moving forward.
3. We hear you are the youngest barrel racer to qualify for this year’s WNFR. How does it feel to be competing against ladies that you grew up idolizing?
To be only 19 years old and know that I competed all year against the ladies I have idolized and was able to qualify to WNFR among them is incredible. It can be intimidating at times to think about who I have to run against once I get there, but I cannot think of it as being any different than what I have done all year. I realize how lucky I am to be there and I know that each lady I idolize has once been in my boots, so I look forward to being able to do what they have done one day. The WNFR will be a completely new experience that I greatly looking forward to.