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Darlene is a professional barrel racer, horse trainer, and instructor with 25+ years experience in the saddle. Some of her accomplishments in the arena include the following:

~ Mid States Rodeo Top Ten Finals Qualifier, 1995 and 1996.
~ Broken Horn Rodeo Top Ten Finals Qualifier, 1997
and Reserve Champion Barrel Racer.
~ IPRA Northeast Regional Finals Qualifier, 1997
and Reserve Champion Barrel Racer.
~ SEBRA National Finals Qualifier, 2010 and 2013.
~ Numerous open and professional rodeo wins (too many to list.)

Darlene has extensive knowledge and experience in breeding, training and management of horse farms. She grew up on a large horse farm in NE Ohio, where her family bred and raised Thoroughbred race horses; including Two time horse of the year - Harlan's Holiday, also the highest earning race horse in Ohio history, with career earnings over 3 million.

She now owns and manages Hidden Oak Stable, where she resides with her two children; Michayla and Kadin. Her love and deep bond with horses and children is quite evident in her teaching style. She is patient, and kind hearted, with a knack for knowing what each student needs during a lesson to reach their goals.

Darlene is available for private lessons for barrel racing, beginners through advanced, both children and adults. And a limited number of training for barrel racing.