Ri Galloway - Colorado Nomination by Jolene Galloway Photography by Gina Boren Photography & others Issue 47 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Ri has a powerful love for life, adventures and success. As an animal loving, barrel racing, fashion guru, Ri cherishes her family and friends. Her ability to make a positive difference through her calm, confident spirit is astounding!
Photography by Crystal Walker
What would you most like to be interviewed about? My journey with barrel racing and becoming the Fiesta Days Rodeo Princess.
Tell us about your barrel racing career. How did you get started, what is training like and how many hours a day or week do you spend doing it? I was raised on horses, mostly as a trail riding family hobby and helping family friends move cattle. When I couldn’t be on a horse, I swiftly carried my stick pony everywhere I went. Stick ponies make good barrel horses too, so I thought at a mere 2 years old. Rolls of paper towels went missing as I created my cloverleaf pattern on the living room floor. That stick pony won every living room barrel race she entered. Little did my family know, this was just a sneak peak of what my future would hold. At 14 years old, I bought my first barrel horse prospect. He had never seen a barrel pattern, but I was determined to make him my barrel partner. I recreated my living room races in an arena, not knowing what I was doing at all. I was determined, pouring hours and hours of time trying to perfect this giant steed around those three barrels. I failed terribly, I was frustrated, all I wanted was to make what we call a “clean run”. I reached out for guidance to a woman who regularly worked her horses at the arena. She took me in and taught me the ropes... she inspired me, I wanted to be just like her.
Four years later, I have 2 finished barrel horses and am training my future prospect. I travel on the weekends to compete in barrel races and spend weekdays critiquing my weekend performances. Life in the barn with my ponies is always an adventure and so rewarding!
Photography by Kirk Griffith
What is your proudest moment or accomplishment with the sport? My most accomplished moment in my barrel racing career was winning my first barrel race. I walked away with the most beautiful buckle and a feeling like I just conquered the world. This win was 2 years in the making, my mare and I worked endlessly trying to perfect the barrel pattern at a high rate of speed and we finally did it.
Photography by Gina Boren Photography
How did you become Fiesta Days Rodeo Princess and what does this glorious status entail? In 2019, I was honored with the opportunity to run for the Durango Fiesta Days Rodeo Princess. The competition had daily challenges; public speaking, modeling, horsemanship, personal interview, a written test on Durango Fiesta Days history and the queen and flag runs around the arena. I was crowned Princess after a very exciting week. Being part of the Durango Fiesta Days Royalty has been very rewarding, I represent the heritage and sport of rodeo. I am required to wear a cowboy hat with crown, a sash with my title, flashy western attire, tight curls, and an affectionate smile.
Look for Ri in issue 47 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!