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Madison MacDonald

Professional Trick Rider

Born: 1993
Accomplishments: 5X Selected NFR Contract Act 2011 through 2015
Current Residence: Stephenville, Texas
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HB: When did you start riding horses, running barrels and trick riding?
Madison: As a family we always had horses around since the day I was born, it was around the age of 3 years old that I began to ride. I had a white Shetland pony named Snowball. At the age of 5, I was determined to become a trick rider. I used to hang all over my saddle for hours outside on that pony. Once we finally got me a trick riding saddle the addiction began. The white pony was out in the yard every day helping me learn the steps to become a trick rider. It was until around the age of 8 years old that I really started to get serious about the trick riding because that is when I got a little palomino horse named Pal for my birthday and he became my first trick riding horse. This horse made me the rider that I am today. I got into the rodeo events around the age of 12 where I did gymkhana and this little palomino excelled as my barrel horse and pole bending horse. Pal took me all the way through to my senior year of high school rodeo winning countless belt buckles, championships and checks along with trips to the National High School Rodeo Finals in New Mexico.

HB: Who has been or is your favorite horse?
Madison: Looking back my favorite horse has to be Pal the little horse with a huge heart. We were a team! He gave me my start in everything them and help me build a name for myself. This horse was a reject cutting horse and never made it easy on me. Once we finally built a bond we were unstoppable in every event that we did. I lost him to colic the year after my senior year in High School Rodeo. He has a special place in my heart that I will never forget because if it was not for that horse I never would be where I am today.

HB: Tell me about your parents and how they have been influential in your life in and outside of the arena?
Madison: My parents are my support system, they are my pillars and I would not be where I am today if it was not for my mom, dad and my grandparents. There are too many ways they have been my influential in my life to talk about. I can say though I owe them everything. Looking back at all the times my dad has spent hours and hours practicing with me, helping me become the best I can be. They have always given me opportunities to learn from the best and gave me the support to allow me to be where I am today. I cannot thank them enough for all that they have done for me throughout the years of high school rodeo and traveling all over Canada and thru the USA going to different PRCA rodeos. It has been an experience of a life time and I am a very lucky girl to be able to call them my parents because they have allowed me to follow my dreams.

HB: Who are your idols / heroes?
Madison: I always have and still do look up to Niki Flundra. She gave me my very first trick riding lesson and introduced me to the best trick rider in the world Tad Griffith. Tad has instructed me for the past 10 years and gave me the tools to become the trick rider I am today. Niki also helped me get my start at the NFR. I always watched her at the Calgary Stampede and she was the girl that got me hooked at the beginning and has helped me over the years to pursue my dream!

HB: Where do you see yourself in 5 years / 10 years?
Madison: In 5 to 10 years I see myself being graduated from university, starting a family and slowing down with the trick riding. I do not see myself trick riding for the rest of my life as it is hard on the body. By slowing down with that it would give me the opportunity to start back up riding and training barrel horses as well as starting back to breakaway roping and team roping. I am still trying to figure out “what I want to be when I grow up” since trick riding has been my life for years. I know though when one door closes another one will open so I have faith that an opportunity will come my way when the time is right.

HB: What would you tell someone just getting started in rodeo if you could share one thing that has helped you?
Madison: If I could share one piece of advice is don’t give up and keep chasing your dreams. I am proof that dreams really do come true and hard work really does pays off. There will be ups and downs put just keep on pushing and you will get where you want to be!

Jessie Kuka

Professional Mounted Shooter

Born: 1986
Accomplishments: 2011 CMSA World Champion
2012 CMSA Reserve World Champion
Current Residence: Maple Plain, MN
HB: When did you start riding horses, Barrel Racing and Mounted Shooting?
Jessie: My grandpa bought me my first pony when I was 6 months old. My family would hold me up on the pony and lead me around. I always had a passion for horses. We always had a lot of horses around and would ride all the time. I probably ran my first barrels at age 8 and started the mounted shooting at age 14.

HB: Who has been or is your favorite horse?
Jessie: I have had many good horses. Each horse I have had has helped me get to where I am today. I am very fortunate to have been able to train my own horses and have a great relationship with each one. My current horse I am running as my main horse is a 2001 AQHA Red Dun Gelding named PLC Nute Driftwood "Hickory". He is the horse that I won the (2011) World Championship on and set multiple World Records. I love his style and he is the perfect fit for me.

HB: Tell me about your parents and how they have been influential in your life in and outside of the arena?
Jessie: My parents are Mike and Bonnie Kuka. They have always been my biggest fans and I have had amazing support in everything I have done. They always pushed me to do my best and I am so blessed to have an amazing family. I also have two younger brothers that are always there for me, Mike, who is also my business partner in Kuka Quarter Horses, he is also a PRCA Steer Wrestler and Team Roper and Tommy who has a degree in Music Production.

HB: Where do you see yourself in 5 years / 10 years?
Jessie: I would like to still be at the top of the shooting world and continue with my training, sales, lessons and clinics.

HB: What would you tell someone just getting started in barrel racing if you could share one thing that has helped you?
Jessie: Get help from someone, don't just go into it without a little help. Be smooth and focus on hitting all your targets, you can always add the speed!

Christy Honsberger

Professional Barrel Racer

Born: 1987
Circuit Qualifications:1
Current Residence: Middleburg, FL
HB: When did you start riding horses and running barrels?
Christy: When I was 2 yrs old I rode my first horse, a black miniature pony named Pegasus.

HB: Who has been or is your favorite horse?
Christy: I have been very blessed to have a few 1D horses. My favorite currently would be Pursue De Kas AKA "Taylor" who is a 7 year old that I have high hopes for. He has placed in the 1D at the 2012 NBHA Shamrock Showdown, the 2011 NBHA President's Cup, the 2011 Fiddler's Turkey Run, and a few WPRA rodeos including the 2012 Southeastern Circuit Finals. I have owned him for almost 2 years and my mom broke and trained him.

HB: Where are you right now with your barrel racing?
Christy: I would like to try to make the WPRA Circuit Finals on Taylor this year and I will also be futuritying a couple of super nice mares.

HB: Who are your parents and how have they been influential in your life in Rodeo?
Christy: My parents are Donna Bickhart and Marvin Godwin. My mom has been a huge part of my barrel racing and rodeo career. She is who trained a couple of the best horses I've ridden. My mom and my grandma are also a huge help! I've been so busy going to rodeos and barrel races and they have just bent over backwards to help me out, bring me horses, take care of horses and just do whatever I need. My mom, grandma, and my husband Billy are my biggest fans :)

HB: Who are your idols / heroes?
Christy: I don't really have a particular idol jockey, I'm all about the horses and have a long list of horses that I think are awesome.

HB: Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years / 10 years?
Christy: I would love to make a career out of barrel racing and rodeoing. I really enjoy jockeying open and futurity horses, and fixing problem horses.

HB: What would you tell someone just getting started in rodeo if you could share one thing that has helped you?
Christy: Be confident and patient!

HB: Tell me one thing about yourself that makes you unique, something that people don't know?
Christy: I am very hard on myself and very competitive. I am always reading articles, watching videos, or watching other riders to try and pick up little things that may help me be better.

HB: When you're not riding your horse or competing what do you like to spend your free time doing?
Christy: I enjoy Wakeboarding and during the summer anytime I'm not riding I'm at the lake!

Calla Matthews

Professional Barrel Racer

Born: 1993
Acomplishments: 2009 APRA Junior Barrel Racing Champion
NFR Qualifications (Aus): 2
Current Residence: Alton Downs, QLD Australia
HB: When did you start riding horses and running barrels?
Calla: I was born in Townsville Northern Queensland, Australia. I lived on a cattle station, Lassie Creek, owned by my parents. We ran 4000 head of Bramah cattle and I loved helping Dad with all the work on the station. I learned to ride at an early age but as we lived in the bush I only started barrel racing when I was 12. We started going to a horse sports day once a month in a small town called Charters Towers about 200 miles from home. It soon became the highlight of my life as I was introduced to Barrel Racing.

HB: Who has been or is your favorite horse?
Calla: My favourite horse is Cody, a beautiful buckskin filly by an Ambassador stallion "Sava Dee". Together we won Mt Isa (Australias biggest rodeo) 2 years in a row. We were the Australian Junior Champion 2 years also winning numerous other All Round and State Titles. We also won heaps of open races and Open State Titles. She had the heart of a lion and the temperament of a kitten. We are now breeding her to our Imported "Dash Ta Fame" stallion, so excited about that.

HB: Where are you right now with your barrel racing and other rodeo events?
Calla: At the moment I am working with a few young horses especially an Acres Destiny gelding who is scary fast but knocks a few drums. I am taking him steady as he is a bit excitable, we are doing a bit of roping as well to give him something else to think about. I am also doing a fair bit of roping as it is a bit hard to get to lots of rodeos as we have started a small Quarter Horse (breading opperation with a stud we call) Legends of Morn. We have some beautifuly bred "Morn Deck" mares who we are covering with our stallion Seconds Ta Fame IMP and a Traditional Roc stallion Rocs Rascal. These mares are the elite breed of Australian Barrel Racing, everyone wants to be on one, we can hardly wait until we can compete on them.

HB: Who are your parents and how have they been influential in your life in Rodeo?
Calla: I am working hard on my roping as I really enjoy it. My parent have been supportive and have tried to put me on the best horses they could. The stud has been supported by them whole heartedly. We are so confident of our horses that we have sponsored a futurity over here and put a $5,000.00 breeding bonus on our foals, a first for Australian Barrel Racing. My father was a very successful (rancher) until he had a massive heart attack and we had to sell Lassie Creek. It was hard on him as he was there for 54 years. I know he loves the stud and he has a small block where he runs a few cattle, once a cattleman always a cattleman. I only hope I can be as successful as he (has been) in his lifetime and as respected.

HB: Who are your idols / heroes?
Calla: I'd have to say my hero and idol is Martha Josey and RE. I go over there as often as possible, I have learned so much from the Josey Team. They are the greatest motivators in the world. Martha made me believe I could achieve anything in Barrel Racing if I wanted it bad enough. Another goal is to give Martha one of our horses and see her ride it. What a winning team they would be.

HB: Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years / 10 years?
Calla: I have goals of coming to America to hopefully run on the (WPRA) circuit (and make the NFR) on horses we have bred, some of these mares have a three time cross back to Three Bars. In ten years time I can see myself still rodeoing, I want to win The Open Australian Barrel Racing Title as many times as possible and also Australian Roping Titles. I also want to breed the best barrel horses in the world, We hope to eventually export them to America. We believe we have the best Australia has to offer in breeding crossed with our beautiful 'Dash Ta Fame' blood. How can we miss? What a LEGEND he was. I am so happy we imported his beautiful son to Australia.

HB: What would you tell someone just getting started in rodeo if you could share one thing that has helped you?
Calla: I think the smartest thing you can do when you start out is to look and listen. Watch the top riders and do as many CLINICS as you can. Learn to judge the ability of your horse and don't ask for more than they can give. I think everyone and everything can conquer the world when you have confidence in them. I once asked Martha Josey "did she think I could ever ride in the NFR" and she answered "Yes Calla, and I will be sitting in the stands cheering you on when you win it", hows that for having confidence in me. And I believe her.