To this day she still runs the barrels.
Accomplishments 1990 to 1996:
Top 10 in the WBRA Novice 500: 1990
Top 10 in the WBRA Novice 1000: 1990
Top 20 in the WBRA Novice 500: 1991
3rd in the WBRA Open Division: 1992
Horse of the Year WBRA: 1992
Sportsmanship of the Year WBRA: 1992
Reserve Champion WPRA: 1992
Reserve Champion NPRA: 1992
Top 10 in WBRA Novice 1000: 1992
Top 10 in the WBRA Novice 500: 1994
12th in the Novice 500 (limited showing): 1996
4th in Pacific States Futurity (CA, Or & WA): 1996
73rd in the National Futurity (all states): 1996
Helen's Run around the Barrels:
Helen's first memory of running barrels was when she was about 6 years old, riding an old Palamino in her field.
When she was old enough she joined 4-H, where she started competing in gaming and performance horse shows. She also competed in Junior Rodeo's and then on to High School Rodeo's.
After high school she competed in both local rodeo's and zone horse shows.
After 25 years of successfully showing her own horse's as well as ones that she had trained for other's, she decided to devote her life to a clover leaf pattern, and fiercely went after qualifying for state and interstate races thru the Washington State Games, in 1988.
After which she moved on too:
WBRA (Washington Barrel Racing Association).
WPRA (Washington Professional Rodeo Association).
NPRA (Northwest Professional Rodeo Association). Qualifying for finals in 1992.
In 1996 she started competing at futurities; for a different challenge and to prove her skills even more so.
Helen was raised on a ranch in the north central area of Washington in Omak. She has always enjoyed the love and friendship of horses. At a very early age she learned the responsibilities and the skills needed to attend too and take care of one of god's most beautiful and magnaficient creature; the horse.
In 1988 Helen moved over to where she is now in the Bothell / Mill Creek area and started the stable literally from the ground floor up in 1990.
Helen is well known for her love of animals, her patience for training people, especially the younger (as well as their parents). Her good reputation stems from her honesty and integrity. She will be the first person to tell you that the Horse comes first and the owners second. . . Now, is that not exactly who you want looking after your best friend?