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Please check the stallions page for some more recent accomplishments!

Laura Lee Thomas has won several saddles, multiple belt buckles, and much prize money competing. She has been riding horses since she was 2 years old. She won a Master Showman Award a couple of times in showmanship before she began her barrel racing career. She has placed in the versatility class, showing Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Reining, and Barrel Racing. Laura Lee is a four time Northeastern Region Barrel Racing Champion for the International Finals Rodeo Association (IPRA) and two time average winner. She was a 4 time qualifier for the International Finals Rodeo earning money each trip - IFR 29, IFR 31, IFR 41, & IFR 42 on two different horses. 1999, 2007, 2010, 2011 - American Professional Rodeo Assoc. Champion! AFR (finals average winner) 1999, 2010, & 2011 2007 Tri State Classic Pole Bending Champion (on a 4 year old) 2007 Tri State Classic Junior Horse Champion. Six times in the Top 20 for the IPRA. Competing at four International Finals Rodeos winning money in the goes and the average. 2007 & 2010 Kim Hollis Hamm Memorial Barrel Racing Champion 2006 Rider/Trainer of the AQHA high point barrel stallion (with limited showing) Earned a 'Paint Horse Bonus' and was featured in the "Paint Horse Journal". Was the IPRA Cowgirl Sportsmanship Award winner in 2000. Earned the 2003 Penn-Ohio Barrel Racing Association Champion Adult 1 D rider.

Bruce Thomas has competed in Steer Wrestling, Calf Roping, and Team Roping.  He has trained many of his roping horses.  He was a multi - time qualifier for the Northeastern Region IPRA finals, winning money in his events.   He was the Mid-States Rodeo Steer Wrestling Rookie of the Year in 1994.  He was the IPRA rookie Steer Wrestler for the Northeast Region in 1996.  He has earned belt buckles, cash prizes, and other awards during his career thus far.  Bruce enjoys giving roping lessons.  His big love now is running sled dogs in the winter!  He plans to give tours with his team.

Bruce Team Roping with Russ Coppock
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St. Tite, Quebec, Canada

Mandi Thomas, Bruce and Laura Lee's daughter, has had much success thus far in her barrel racing career. She began riding horses by herself at the young age of 1 1/2. Mandi won her first saddle in 2000 for the Everwind Ranch Winter Series championship when she was only 12 years old, and has won two more since then, another Everwind Series championship and she was the Penn Ohio Youth 1-D Champion in 2003. Mandi has also won multiple belt buckles, other awards, and lots of cash. Mandi won the Tri State Classic youth on Verily Six Bugs (Tanner) her last year in youth! She worked at the famed Waggoner Ranch in Vernon, TX during college as well as Swanson Ranch. She is now training a few select horses at her home in Springtown, TX while teaching high school Spanish.

Mandi & "Three"
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These are just a few of our students for more student information go to the "Student Achievement" page:

Sierra (Kuzminski) Allen, a student of Laura Lee's, has just began her successes in barrel racing. A former pleasure champion, Sierra decided to try barrel racing. With her horse, Sum Boone, Sierra has accomplished so much in 3 years. For the 2005 show year Sierra won 11 Barrel/Pole Championships for WPQHA, PQHA, and TSQHA, she qualified for Youth and Open AQHA World Championships.  Sierra and Boone finished 9th in the Nation for AQHA Sr. Barrel Racing High Point at the end of the year!
 
"Boone" was honored with an article in the 'Quarter Horse Journal' for his racing and performance success!  Congratulations Kuzminskis!

Amber (Parobek) Martin has been taking lessons for a number of years.  She has trained several different horses during this time that she has gone on to show.  She has earned awards, belt buckles, and cash prizes.  Some of her accomplishments inculde: 2002 PHSRA/ AQHA (PA High School Rodeo Assoc.) Horse of the Year., 2002 top 10 barrels & poles PHSRA, 2003 Penn-Ohio poles top 5, 2003 Penn-Ohio youth barrels top 5, Everwind Rodeo Champion Goat Tyer 2002, - 2004, 2002 4-H Pa State Show 3rd place barrels, 2001 4-H Reserve Champion Poles, and 2003 Pa State 4-H Champion Yearling Stallion.

Ashley (Parobek) Tyler has been taking lessons now for a number of years.  She has trained several different horses during this time that she has gone on with to qualify for the State 4-H Horse Show.  She has done very well in high school rodeo, competing in barrel racing, pole bending, and goat tying.  She has earned cash and prizes in open horse shows as well.  Some of her accomplishments are: 4-H district champ. 2003 and 2005, State Qual. 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2004 top ten in barrels. Ashley bought Zip from us and has been doing awesome with him!

Ashley and Streak
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Streak now belongs to Pam Bowersock

Contact us at (814) 694-3456 or vvrlauraleethomas@gmail.com for more information.