Stories of Greatness: Michele McLeod, Barrel Racing | Purina Animal Nutrition

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Purina Ambassador Michele McLeod is no stranger to tough operate and perseverance. She has swiftly become one of the leading barrel racers in the world and shares a particular connection with champion quarter horse stallion, Slick by Design and style.

But the road to accomplishment is in no way effortless an injury nearly stole her eyesight, but McLeod never ever took her focus off winning. Michele quickly overcame the consequences of her injury and persevered through arising challenges to grow to be the winner of the 2014 NFR barrel races. With greatness on the inside, you can overcome anything on the outside.

Watch Michele and her daughters’ riding stories and share the McLeod family’s passion for barrel racing.

Carroll Shelby @ VIRginia International Raceway – 2007
Carroll Shelby standing next to a Maserati 450S that he raced in 1957. He won the very first race at VIR in a sister auto to this 450S.

Danville, Va. (March 28) – Carroll Shelby, star race driver of the 50s, originator of the legendary Cobra and legend in sports automobile racing, will return to the scene of 1 of his most considerable wins – Virginia International Raceway for the June 8–10 Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic Races.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the track’s opening, in August, 1957, the Gold Cup reunites Shelby with the track and his original Maserati 450S in which he captured the opening weekend’s feature race, a twenty–lap race for “Sports” classed automobiles. Shelby won the preliminary race for the group, then went on to dominate the feature race, besting a pair of Jaguar D–types and an assortment of other racers.

Following the race, in heat nearing one hundred degrees, Shelby commented that “One lap at VIR is like a hundred at Watkins Glen.” Shelby then went on to co–drive an Aston Martin DBR1 with Roy Salvadori in winning the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans before a forced retirement due to a heart ailment that led to a transplant in 1990.

VIR Co–Owner Harvey Siegel mentioned: “We had been thrilled that Carroll Shelby joined us as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of VIR. He is a single of the true legends of the sport and an integral element of VIR’s early history.”

Shelby by no means slowed his private activities, constructing the Cobra sports vehicles campaigning vehicles for Ford’s GT–40 project and designing sports cars for street and racetrack. He is nonetheless a driving force in higher performance vehicles. Carroll Shelby manufactures both small and huge block Cobras, as nicely as the 2007 Ford Shelby GT Mustang in his Las Vegas facility. He performs closely with Ford Motor Company on high overall performance cars such as the Shelby GT500 and has many other essential cars in the pipeline. Shelby’s current activities contain the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation, which has become a major force in the fight to aid young children with acute coronary and kidney needs.

Shelby returned to the scene of 1 of his most storied victories, Virginia International Raceway, for the track’s 50th Anniversary, June 8–10. 2007

(Photo by Sherry Lambert)

By Race Fan on 2007-06-08 00:00:14

50 thoughts on “Stories of Greatness: Michele McLeod, Barrel Racing | Purina Animal Nutrition”

  1. There is a little girl that just donated all of her money for the Sevier County ,Tennessee animals affected by the wild fires. Don’t know her but just read the article. Maybe someone can assist in getting her a horse for her caring and devotion for doing the right thing? Go to Sevier County Humane Society face book and her story and pic is on there. Thanks

  2. "Because she has to go take care of her pig" I have never laughed so loud in my life. Such a random thing.

  3. Amazing story! This is absolutely so inspirational. I was deciding to do barrel racing or continue show jumping. But seeing this, I’m going barrels for sure. She was even faster then Fallon Taylor. She is absolutely amazing!!!! I’m speechless

  4. In barrel racing there is a fine line between good horsemanship and abuse. Star fishing, esp. with spurs should be banned!

  5. What a inspiring story. You had me in tears and laughter and your excitement!!! WTG!!!! Congratulations <3 What a wonderful and beautiful horse Slick is. Happy you and Skye got things worked out and won on her…AWESOME!!!

  6. This is so inspiring! I hope I can accomplish things like this! Horses trust you, just as much as you trust them.

  7. This is what hard work and determination is all about….
    Love this video…..
    This is what family is all about.
    Keep up the good work Michelle.

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