Chase Cans With Us At BEC

Chase Cans With Us At BEC

Barrels and Events for O-MOK-SEE

There are three types of barrel-racers:

1. Those who run at the barrels with much hope yet lack training and education. (This is called, "Unconscious Competence" or when you're on auto pilot)
2. Those who take the time and learn absolutely everything about racing, practicing until they can't get it wrong. (they reach a level of proficiency, Unconscious Competence)
3. Those who don't really care and just want to be included andf have fun.

We adore all 3!

If you want to win, you can learn from the champions at BEC and discover their tricks and tips on how to master drills, prep for competitions, tune up your horse in between shows and how to maintain sound and sane equine athelete. If you just have fun, it's okay with us, we have a lot of competition events for that, called, Playdays! Fun for the whole family!

Did you know that slow work is more important than racing?

If you do not have the correct angles and do not know how to effectively guide your horse to the most direct angles, you are wasting a lot of time. If your apex is off, you are wasting even more time.

Here at BEC we possess a unique style by having experience in absolutely all disciplines, including Show-Jumping and Dressage. It directly affects barrels and O-MOK-SEE. No student (serious) leaves here with air between the bum and saddle seat, no matter how fast your horse is. Never. That is harmful to the horse, damaging the kidneys and provokes internal damage later in life, with immediate back pain and muscle soreness. This is why horses are seen at shows with grumpy face and refuse to enter arena, more often that naught.

How to prevent air between bum and seat:

There are very simple exercises that use the same muscles to grip, increase balance and give more confidence to the rider.

Why do I get air between my bum and saddle?

It is a common problem for not learning to ride correctly in the first stages of learning, lacking muscle and strength in knees to grip and instead, grab the horn and flail holding on for dear life as you run. A good rider never anywhere in their "go" should lose balance, be behind the horse or in front, balance on the reins, catching horse in the mouth, have air between seat, or lack strength. If you feel you are weak, hit the gym! We do. We do squats, wall ball, push-ups, sit ups, etc.

But I get smokin' hot times, why do I need to learn to erase my training scars?

Easy - Your horse will suffer in agonizing silence until one day it explodes or refuses to enter the alleyway all together. He will experience muscle pain in back, neck and legs. His kidneys will take a beating, his topside will be sore to the touch. The mouth will be sore and eventually lose sensitivity and obedience to bit. This is where most get bigger bit and bigger spurs. Finally, his mind will go and he will become crazed, fearful and bitter. This is where we step in and straighten out soured barrel horses. We have sorted out many "crazed" animals.

But I don't need anything. I have Martha Josey's Sure Grip Seat. I'm velcroed in!

Apart from being a training scar it is super dangerous for individuals and banned here at BEC. Martha Josey invented it for herself, a professional barrel-racer with good balance and experience because she is older and lacked strength. She had a serious crash in their Sure Grip Seat and was made worse by being "bound" and could not jump while the horse crashed. It is something that many people do not know or speak of, but we will take to the mat, as we are ethical here and we talk to many people in the US on that subject. More than anything, we do not want any death in our arena, as kids are not taught to ride, simply strap them in and slap horse on the butt. Dangerous!

A person or child cinched in has absolutely no incentive to become a better rider or even a decent rider. The only possible designation we see for this contraption is for a very experienced can chaser coming back from injury or for therapeutic riding, as that required dead broke horse and two spotters on either side. Apart from that, we don't see any good come from this confounded device, save training scars. We've had to show several riders how to actually ride and not just be push botton passengers who used this training scar in their developmental stages of learning to ride.


I need to bring AQHA horse from USA if I want to compete

Nope. Not at all. The secret in having a fast horse in barrels is training, no matter what breed it is. There are grade horses that run the same way as high powered purebreds. All BEC barrel horses are rescued - all grade. You are looking for conformation, size and lots of heart in a prospect... not breed. Panama has a lot of AQHA cross working ranch horses with bad lives but huge hearts and lots to give. There are also some decently priced AQHA's available once in a while, however, we have noticed most come from Halter lineage and lack good, large hooves for maximum cupping on turns. If set on an AQHA, pay close attention to hooves and do not buy a prospect with small hooves. It will not end well. A good barrel horse needs balance, to be able to go straight, move laterally, slide stop, back up, roll-back and of course, run. Dressage work achives all this in an expedited manner.


We are planning a barrel clinic. If you are interested, let us know.
5 people, min.
6 hours
break from coffee, lunch, break
Theory and practice

* Pattern (correct approach, inside apex versus outside, oversteering, understeering, geometry, etc)
* Rating
* Angles
* Approach
* Mind over Matter
* Barrel Bits
* Barrel Saddles
* Equipment
* Exercises for the body
* How to ride well and win
* Preparation for competition


Our Trainer/Riding Instructor, Jessica Schrock, has been in equine industry for 30+ years, operated in 5 different countries, (is totally bilingual) and has trained with top Internation Olympic Riders in Canada and UK. Bobbie Reeber in Canada and Team Great Britain rider, Tony Newbury in South Ampton, England, being referred by Malcom Pyrah, also Team Great Britain rider. Her claim to fame is in speed horses, having trained the 1997 O-MOK-SEE National US Champion having set long standing Arena Records, which are still remembered to this day.  Her methods are unlike anyone out there, as she emphasises Dressage in her speed horses and the results are amazing. Jessica Schrock holds certificates in 3 different areas of Equine Industry, is a Certified Scientific Farrier with 23 years fixing problem hooves and has many referrals of happy and successful students, dating back to 1995. Her students still consult her to this day and even from thousands of miles away, ask for a pre-purchase remote exam before buying their horses. Jessica is not a part time trainer or instructor. She devotes her life to this and her passion for it is evident over fame or need for fortune.

For Barrel Racers: Jessica Shrock (then van den Burgh) competed in NBHA, EBRA, WBRA, PRCA, O-MOK-SEE, Tri-State O-MOK-SEE, WSHGD and many local shows. Even back in early '90s ran a 14:6 in barrels with her horse, Ararity, whom she trained from scratch. Ararity also ran a 7:767 in Cal Stake (just being brought on) and 21:2 in poles. National Champion, Poco Hollysox Tong's record time (she trained her from scratch) was 15:132 and she was her slow horse. To this day, Jessica rides Old School and insists on her students doing the same. Evident in producing outstandingly aggressive and proficient riders who race the course bareback, as Jessica still does, even in 40's to this day. Jessica also insists on the very allusive and complicated "button hook turn" for first (money barrel) and her firsts truly stand out among so many riders.  Jessica also holds certificates in other areas, surprisingly non equine. One of which is Tactical Driving. Husband instructs this (among other things) and between the two of them, have each and every turn down to a science. They have the uncanny ability to analyse and break down each and every run to the 1/1000th second discrepencies and show students how to lower times through highly advanced technological methods.  If you want to run barrels, this is the place in all of Panama to receive proper education and learn technique through Unconsious Competence, which is their trademark thing. Both are Instructors, Certified and this is what they do.  First timer (student of 1 year) went out and won her very first competition through this very method- FIDA CUP International Barrels.