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Tanner Shelton

Bio

DISCIPLINE – BARREL RACING

LOCATION – STOKES, NC

COMPETING FOR 15 YEARS

HORSE – CAROLINA FAME
MOONLIGHT MARTHA 

HOW TANNER GOT STARTED :
My cousin was involved with barrel racing and I was riding English at the time. I went to see her compete and liked the more exciting event so I started shortly after. The speed was exciting and it seemed challenging. It was also very competitive, I really liked that!

The TechMix products I use are Restart, BlueLite Pellets, and Stable Complete.

Q&A

Q: ​WHAT IS YOUR EVERYDAY, BEHIND THE SCENES, ROUTINE THAT HELPS YOU ACHIEVE QUALITY, SUCCESS, AND HIGH PERFORMANCE WITH YOUR HORSES?
TANNER: Time in the saddle is the number one thing if you want to achieve success.  You have to be driven, stay determined and be willing to put in the hours of hard work.  Training horses takes a lot of time and patience, especially in my program. I want the horses to like running barrels and enjoy their jobs, so I try not to rush through my training methods and make sure that I put a solid start and foundation on them. I personally believe that a horse with a solid start will make a better horse in the long run.

Q: HOW DO YOU STRIVE FOR SUCCESS?
TANNER: Hard work and determination.

Q: WHAT DO YOU DO TO PREPARE YOURSELF MENTALLY BEFORE A COMPETITION?
TANNER: This is what I do everyday at home. Regardless of where I am competing, I try to remind myself that it is still just 3 barrels.

Q: WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS THAT WANT TO COMPETE IN THIS SPORT?
TANNER: Be commited and prepared to give 100%.  Try and learn from people with experience that are willing to help you.  Stay humble.

​​​​​Q: WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU SEE IN TECHMIX?
TANNER: Great products and real, proven results.

Q: WHAT TECHMIX PRODUCTS DO YOU USE?
TANNER: I use the BlueLite Pellets daily. They really keep my horses hydrated. With all the travel we do and weather changes my horses face, I truly believe keeping them hydrated and balanced makes the biggest impact on the way they feel.

​Restart helps my Colts that are under more stress in their first months of training. I believe it helps keep their weight and helps their overall condition.

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS IN YOUR CAREER? IN LIFE?

TANNER:  I would love to win a futurity such as Ft. Smith or Oklahoma City.  It would also be nice to win a futurity slot race. Aside from winning, I want to train nice futurity Colts that turn into great open horses that people can enjoy. Seeing someone else win or do well on a horse I trained is an indescribably great feeling.