by Alexis BennettThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Famous Rhythm and Janae Massey
Janae Massey added another world championship to her belt at the 2013 AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City.
Janae and 5-year-old mare Famous Rhythm pulled together two smoking runs to knock out the competition and clinch their first of what may be many AQHA world championships.
Over the years, Janae has earned numerous accolades at every level of competition – excelling in barrel racing.
She was the Oklahoma State High School Rodeo Association champion, National High School Rodeo Association barrel racing champion, a two-time International Youth Rodeo barrel racing and all-around champion, a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Central Plains Region champion, multiple Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and International Professional Rodeo Association qualifier, NIRA barrel racing champion, 2003 WNFR champion and now an AQHA junior barrel racing champion.
What’s one more?
She comes from a long line of winners, though, so another trip to the winners circle has become tradition.
Janae became the first third-generation Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier in history when she made her first trip in 2001. Her grandmother Florence Youree qualified when the event was still held in Oklahoma City. Florence is also a member of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Womens Professional Rodeo Association’s Heritage award. Janae’s mother, Renee Ward, qualified, as well. Her grandfather Dale Youree is also a barrel racer! He has multiple Barrel Futurities of America, All American Quarter Horse Congress and AQHA barrel racing world champion titles.
This is a family of champions and as Janae put it, she “comes from good bloodlines.”
The legacy is sure to continue with her 4-year-old daughter, who will compete at her first youth rodeo in Ada, Oklahoma, next weekend.
“My daughter and husband are it for me,” Janae said. “They’re first. That’s part of why I stopped rodeo-ing.”
She now focuses on campaigning young horses in futurities and at AQHA shows.
“Rhythm,” owned by Jud Little of Ardmore, Oklahoma is by Famous JR and out of I Forty Rhythm by Special Rhythm.
“Jud owns her mama, so she’s been on the ranch since Day 1,” Janae said. “I’ve worked for Jud for a long time. I’ve ridden horses at the NFR for Jud, but never in the AQHA arena."
Her NFR horse, “Dee Dee,” was also a Jud Little horse.
The team’s success today is another win in the pocket of the Jud Little Horse Ranch.
Rhythm will make another appearance in the Jim Norick arena in December for the Barrel Futurities of America World Championship.
“(Rhythm) is 5. She’s a derby horse so she will be at the derby this year,” Janae said.
The BFA offers a championship every year for young barrel horses with juvenile (3-year-olds), futurity (4-year-olds) and derby (up to 5-year-olds) classifications.
Hopefully, this pair will add another win to their resume in a few weeks.
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