Twenty-one-year-old barrel racer, Aaliyah Jones, shows us a thing or two about overcoming adversity while doing what she loves.

“These boots were made for walking,” and Aaliyah Jones is walking right into history. I had the honor of speaking with the cowgirl herself. Have you heard of her? Well, if you don’t know who she is, let me introduce her. Aaliyah is a twenty-one-year-old African American barrel racer from Tyler, Texas.


What made you want to barrel race?

When I was a freshman in high school, I decided I wanted to have a huge party while my parents went out of town for the weekend. They weren’t supposed to come home until Sunday, but they turned around and came back Saturday. The next day, my parents took my phone, car, and I had to quit my job. My punishment was to ride horses every day after school. At first, I said I wasn’t going to do it, they sent my horse off to a trainer for 30 days, and when she came back, she knew a little more than me, so they sent me off to a barrel racing camp for a week in Marshall called The Martha Josey Camp. Even though that party still gets talked about to this day, I wouldn’t ever want to do that again. Barrel racing really gave me the guidance I needed, and I haven’t been in trouble since.


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