EHCAPA BAREBACK RIDERS
Join young, talented riders as they take the audience on a breathtaking journey through maneuvers and jumps that
experienced riders can handle... all without the aid of saddles or bridles.
The EhCapa riders, ages 8 through 19, develop a unique relationship with their horses based on sound
horsemanship principles. They control their mounts with leg cues, their voices and a one-inch wide leather strap
around the horse's neck known as a "tack rein".
The routine varies from season to season, but always includes an exercise at "Liberty" (a special drill during
which the "tack rein" is removed), pinwheels of various dimensions, and a show stopping display of jumping - in
pairs, in small groups, and up to sixteen abreast - that thrills the audience.
As the club's style of riding is reminiscent of Native Americans, the name Apache was selcted to be spelled in
reverse, thus the name EhCapa. The organization rides in the hope of bringing honor to Native Americans, from
their beautiful handmade clothing to the traditional native symbols painted on the horses.
JJ Grew up in the small town of Okanogan, Washington near the Canadian Border. He found an interest in rodeo in
high school, which led to his being on the
Washington State University Rodeo team. "Go Cougs".............
I tried all events but Bull riding was what I really loved... but due to the fact I'm a big sissy... I stuck
with Roping" He found success roping but laughs
off his career to a really fun road trip.
JJ has taught middle school for 8 years and enjoys every second he spends with kids. "I never want to grow
and the best way to do that is hang with kids." JJ has been to over 120 rodeos performances in only 3 years
He has become one of the most sought after rodeo clowns in the Northwest and shows no signs of stopping. If you
want high energy and constant entertainment in your arena...this is the guy. "I always worry that people
someday realize...it's not an act....it's just who I am...."
Rowdy Barry loves his jobs. All of them.
Rowdy Barry is one of the most well recognized bullfighters in professional rodeo. He's been selected to keep
bull riders safe at the most prestigious rodeos in the United States and Canada. He's also a well-respected
cowboy artist, a family man and the owner of Wild R Ranch.
"I tried riding bulls for a while, really tried a lot more than I actually rode. I started fighting bulls
in the practice pens and one thing led to another and it evolved into a great career." That career has
lasted for 20 years, and isn't over yet. Barry has been a consistent fixture at some of the best rodeos in the
country. He appears annually at well known rodeos like the Reno Rodeo in Reno, Nevada, the El Paso Rodeo in
Texas, the Sisters Rodeo in Oregon, and the Horse Heaven Round Up in his hometown of Kennewick, Washington.
"We are athletes," Barry says of the rodeo profession he has loved since 1986. "I enjoy what I do
and I do
it with a smile. I hope that's contagious. I do what I do because I love it, and I've always taken loving what I
do to heart and have tried to live my life that way."
He lives with his wife Laura Lee who works as Lady Wrangler and two children, daughter Clay Noel and son Miles
Rowdy in Kennewick, Washington. You can learn more about Rowdy Barry by logging on to his website,