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Ed And Martha Wright Barrel Clinic Oct. 5 & 6 In Martin by Nancy McKenzie and Tiffinie Mosley Searching for the best barrel horse trainers in the business? Well, look no further. Ed and Martha Wright have been training the most outstanding barrel horses in the country for over twenty years. Barrel racing enthusiasts will have the opportunity to take advantage of this knowledge and experience by attending the Ed Wright clinic in Martin, Tenn. October 5 and 6. You can always seem to spot a Slash W horse running for the pay window at almost every level of barrel racing competition in the country . . . from weekend jackpots to the NFR! The Wrights have built a multi-faceted program to fit your every need - barrel horse sales, nationwide clinics, pre-purchase consultations, private lessons, custom-made saddles and bits and they have just released their new book, Barrel Racing - Training the Wright Way. Dublin, Texas trainers Ed and Martha Wright are former National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association champions, Martha in the barrel racing and Ed in the steer wrestling. They have also qualified many times for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Lone Star Circuit Finals. A two-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, Martha won six of ten go-rounds at the 1971 NFR. Working together, Martha and Ed have trained barrel horses who have won numerous futurities, derbies and sweepstakes at major events throughout the United States. The Wrights have become famous for buying green, but sound, two-year-old Quarter racehorses off the track and turning them into barrel racing champions, in events ranging from AQHA shows to Women's Professional Rodeo Association rodeos. Rodeo runs especially deep in Martha's blood. She is the daughter of six-time world champion bull rider and two-time world champion all-around cowboy, Harry Tompkins. The foundation of Ed and Martha's approach to training barrel horses is to educate a young barrel prospect the old fashioned way - with patience. This is one of only three clinics the Wrights will conduct in the southeastern United States, the others being in Florida and Louisiana. We are so fortunate to have them in our part of the country and hope the barrel racers in our area will be equally excited and take advantage of this opportunity to learn from professionals with the level of success the Wrights possess. The barrel clinic enrollment is limited to 20 horses. This allows individual attention for every rider and allows time for Ed to ride each of the horses enrolled. You need not worry about you or your horse's level of competition. Ed has trained horses and riders that have never been around a barrel to horses and riders that have competed at the National Finals Rodeo. If you wish to attend, but not enroll your horse, auditors are also welcome. If you would like to learn more about Ed and Martha, check out their website at or for complete information regarding the Martin, Tenn. clinic, please contact Nancy McKenzie at 731-587-4763 or Tiffinie Mosley at 731-587-6696 or you may email Portions of this article were reproduced from the book Barrel Racing the Wright Way by Ed and Martha Wright with Glory Ann Klutz. Reproduced with permission from Ed Wright.

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