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Meet Our Gold Buckle Barrel Pros

The Gold Buckle Pro program was developed to levarge the best experience and reputations in each discipline to give an unbiased 3rd party evaluation of confirmation, gentleness, and overall performance of the horses consigned to our sale.  Gold buckle pros are compensated on a flat rate to make sure they have no alternative motives other than to verify what each consignor has said about the horse.

Jimmie Smith

Jimmie Smith

Gold Buckle Pro

McDade, TX

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My name is Jimmie Smith and I have grown up in the equine industry. While growing up we went to all of the youth rodeo which then turned into jr high, and high school rodeos later on.

I attended Texas A&M University receiving my bachelors in agricultural communications and journalism. I qualified for the College National Finals in all three of my events barrels, breakaway, and goat tying.

After graduating in May of 2018 I decided to rodeo for the summer, this was my rookie year. I went on to win the Puyallup Washington Tour Finale and Resistol Rookie of the year finishing top 25 in the world.

I continued to rodeo and battled some horse injuries that kept us from the NFR in 2019, but we made a strong come back and clinched our first NFR in 2020, winning round two and banking over 100,000 in Arlington.

In 2021 we endured more unfortunate circumstances that kept us two spots out of the NFR. Along our journey in 2021 we met some amazing people and have found some amazing horses.

I look forward to continuing my rodeo career, while helping the equine industry sell their equine athletes at ease and at a touch of their fingertips!

Ivy Hurst

Ivy Hurst

Gold Buckle Pro

Springer, OK

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My name is Ivy Hurst.
 
I have been involved in the equine industry since a very young age. My main passion is barrel racing, however I have been involved in many aspects of the industry, from roping, cutting and even western pleasure & English.
 
I was lucky enough to grow up doing Little Britches, high school and college rodeos. All of which prepared me to be where I am today.
 
I have qualified for the Prairie Circuit finals 5x, the American semi finals 6x, And the AQHA world show multiple times. 
 
In 2019 I Finished 25th in WPRA the world standings. 
2020 with some hardships I fell short of making my first NFR finishing 17th.
 
I’m currently enjoying being closer to home and marketing horses for clients.
 
I am very well known for brokering high end barrel horses and prospects. I take select consignment horses in to sell. I’m very knowledgeable on how to pair a horse and rider.  I look forward to working with Gold Buckle Horse sales and helping you find your next horse! 
 
This is an exciting time in equine sales and all of the incentives that are offered. Don’t get left behind!

 

Jessica Routier

Jessica Routier

Gold Buckle Pro

Buffalo, SD

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Jessica grew up training horses with her mother, Shelly Mueller, who trained cutting, barrel racing, and rope horses.  She has won numerous titles, from high school rodeo to pro rodeo, and mostly focuses on barrel racing these days.  Her greatest accomplishments have been winning the College National Finals Rodeo barrel racing in 2003, 5-time Badlands Circuit barrel racing champion and 4 NFR qualifications which also led to Reserve World Champion in 2018.

She and her husband Riley raise cattle, horses and kids on their ranch in Buffalo, SD.  They have 5 children- Braden (16), Payton (14), Rayna (6), Rose (6) and Charlie (5).  The whole family is involved in rodeo, and all of the horses they raise are ranch horses before they become rodeo horses.  

Jessica is excited to be a part of the Gold Buckle Pros team! 

Jana Bean

Jana Bean

Gold Buckle Pro

Fort Hancock, TX

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Jana Cathleen (Pierce) Bean is a Professional Barrel Racer and Horse Trainer from Fort Hancock, Texas. She grew up in Crane, Texas.

She is married to Breck Bean and the couple has one son, Jim Breck. Jana was 3 years old when her parents let her enter her first barrel race. She mainly competed in goat tying and break away roping in her early years.

Jana’s rodeo accomplishments include being the 1990 Break Away Roping Average winner at the college National Finals Rodeo, which led her Howard College Women’s Team to the Reserve National Champion Women’s Team Title.

After joining the WPRA in 1999, she qualified for the NFR from 2014 to 2016 where she placed five out of the ten rounds in 2014. She won the ninth round in 2015, placed in four rounds and tied for the win in the tenth round in 2016. Jana Bean has lifetime earnings of $633,919 from the WPRA. 

Jana says, “I was blessed to have the opportunity to be able to ride multiple horses to carry me to my three NFR qualifications.”

Amanda Welsh

Amanda Welsh

Gold Buckle Pro

Sundance, WY

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I’m a Professional Barrel Racer who from time to time will train barrel horses for the public. My parents have a breeding program so I’ve been fortunate to ride some great horses!

Rodeo has always been a huge part of my life. My dad rode bulls and as did most of my brothers. I currently call Sundance, Wy home with my two children, Raelyn and Ronnie. They also love everything rodeo!

Some of my rodeo accomplishments are:
-2021 WNFR Qualifier, winning the 1st round with Cheyenne Wimberly
-2021 top 10 finalist for the American Rodeo
-4x Badlands Circuit Finalist, 3x Average Champion
-3x Ram National Circuit Finalist
-2x Mountain States Circuit Finalist
-2x CNFR Qualifier
-3x NHSFR Qualifier

Erica Nelson

Erica Nelson

Gold Buckle Pro

Century, FL

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I’ve ridden horses my entire life. I started riding horses for the public while I was in college and loved it.

I’ve been blessed to ride many different styles throughout the years.

Qualified for the CNFR three years in the Breakaway, Goat Tying and Barrel Racing. Won the All Around and Barrels in the Ozark Region rodeoing for University of West Alabama.

Rodeoed close to home until 2017, have made then Circuit finals the last five years, won the Southeastern Circuit in 2018 and made the NFR in 2019.

I’m married to JB and we have an 11 year old named Rainey. I truly love the sport and the horses that go with it.

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