She got her chance last week during the 2015 College National Finals Rodeo. She placed among the top 10 in each of the four go-rounds and finished tied for fifth in the final standings in Casper, Wyo.
â€śIt was really good,â€ť said Barnes, a senior from Buckeye, Ariz. â€śMy plan was to be 6 (seconds) on all the first three rounds, and it was great to be able to do that. I wish I wouldâ€™ve had a better run on the last one. My horse lunged when I swung my leg, and she doesnâ€™t usually do that. I lost my balance a little and was longer than I wanted to be (on time).
â€śI think I still wouldâ€™ve been fine, but my string came out of my belt loop, and it got stuck underneath the goat. That slowed me down a lot.â€ť
She posted runs of 6.6, 6.7 and 6.4 seconds in the first three rounds to qualify for the championship round in the No. 2 position behind eventual national champion Loni Pearce of Southern Arkansas University. Barnesâ€™ 7.6-second final run moved her into a two-way tie for fifth place to finish out her college career.
â€śI thought it was a good way to go out,â€ť she said. â€śI wouldâ€™ve loved to own a national title, but being fifth in the nation was pretty neat.â€ť
Barnes was the top finisher among six Northwestern athletes who competed at the collegiate championship, which features the top two teams in the region and the top three regional individuals in each event. Barnes finished the 2014-15 Central Plains Region season No. 2 in the standings behind teammate Shayna Miller of Faith, S.D.
The Northwestern women won the Central Plains Region, so the Rangers had four women part of the CNFR lineup, including breakaway ropers Sammi Lee McGuire of Backus, Minn., and Karley Kile of Overbrook, Kan. The menâ€™s team included team roping header Dalton Richards of Hawkinsville, Ga., and steer wrestler Grayson Allred of Kanarraville, Utah.
Barnes was the only Ranger to qualify for the championship round. Still, the Northwestern women earned 147.5 points and finished 15th in the team standings.
â€śIt was awesome to be part of this team this year,â€ť Barnes said. â€śThese girls were great. I really knew we had the team to win the region this year, and every girl had that set on their minds. Everyone was there for each other. Iâ€™ve been part of a lot of other sports teams, but this was the greatest connection Iâ€™ve ever felt.
â€śThe funny thing was it came in a sport where youâ€™re actually trying to beat one another, but we were more of a team than any other sports team Iâ€™ve been on.â€ť
That made for a special way to close out a career at a college that was more than a thousand miles from home.
â€śMy career at Northwestern was great,â€ť she said. â€śI learned so much about life going away from home and having to do a lot of things on my own. I grew up a lot. I met a lot of great people. I had a great coach in Stockton; he was just awesome, and I wouldnâ€™t want any other coach.
â€śI learned how to win. I learned how to prepare myself for different situations and how not to let one thing keep me down. I learned how to keep going even when thereâ€™s a barrier in front of you. You have to learn to get around the barrier.â€ť
Now the next barrier is in front of Barnes. She changed majors from marketing to elementary education, so she will transfer to Arizona State University to obtain her bachelorâ€™s degree.
â€śI have a colt thatâ€™s pretty good in barrels, so Iâ€™ll rodeo some,â€ť she said. â€śIâ€™ll finish school and go to some rodeos, then get a career.â€ť
PECOS, Texas â€“ The history is there in this West Texas town of more than 8,700 people.
Next week will mark the 133rd year of the West of the Pecos Rodeo, the oldest event in the sport. It takes more than a history book to tell the tale of the big-time rodeo. A lesson in current events is also a valuable tool.
You see, the West of the Pecos Rodeo is the perfect combination of traditional Western values mixed with modern showmanship, thanks in large part to the staff from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, a Dallas-based livestock company that produces the rodeo. Itâ€™s just what fans expect when they show up for this yearâ€™s event, set for 8 p.m. Wednesday June 24-Saturday, June 27, at Buck Jackson Arena.
â€śOne of the things Pete has helped us with tremendously is because heâ€™s got such a good livestock lineup, heâ€™s got the quality of animals that brings the top cowboys,â€ť said Joe Keese, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. â€śThe good news for the fans that follow the sport of rodeo is that no matter what night they come to our rodeo, theyâ€™ll get to see their favorite guys go.â€ť
Carr has a world-class lineup of bucking stars. In fact, no other stock contractor in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has taken more animals to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo than Carr, who, in each of the past two years, has had 27 animals selected to buck at ProRodeoâ€™s grand championship.
Most of those will be part of the action in Pecos, which is a major stop on the rodeo trail for the greatest cowboys in the game. In fact, Pecos champs are often among the elite that qualify regularly for the NFR.
â€śThe cowboys like coming because of the tradition,â€ť Keese said. â€śWe do lot of things at our rodeo that are to the cowboysâ€™ benefit, and I think they like that.â€ť
â€śWith this arena and our set up, itâ€™s a test of the cowboyâ€™s skills, and itâ€™s tradition. People want that Pecos buckle.â€ť
This yearâ€™s event also will feature Justin Rumford, the three-time reigning PRCA Clown of the Year. Rumford grew up in a rodeo family and has done nearly everything possible in and around a rodeo arena. Now he carries that experience into the role as a key piece of the entertainment pie and the eventâ€™s funnyman.
But heâ€™s just a small part of a big puzzle that is the Pecos rodeo.
â€śAn awful lot of the cowboys filled their permits in Pecos,â€ť Keese said, referring to the development stage of ProRodeo whereby permit-holders must earn a minimum amount of money through competition to be eligible to become members of the PRCA. â€śA lot come back here every year because they came with their granddad, then their dad, and they want to keep that going.â€ť
(NewsUSA) - While many people are aware of the basic tenants of good oral care, thousands of people still don't floss their teeth -- and they lie about it. According to a new national survey, more than a quarter (27 percent) of U.S. adults admit they lie to their dentists about how often they floss their teeth. Along with twice-daily brushing and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation, daily flossing is a critical component in the prevention of periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease.
The Harris Poll, on behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), was conducted online among more than 2,000 U.S. adults and among the top 10 U.S. markets. The AAP is using the survey results to urge all Americans to "Love the Gums You're With" and to raise awareness of periodontal disease -- a chronic inflammatory disease caused when bacteria in plaque grow below the gum line, leading to swelling, irritation, receding gums and tooth loss. Periodontal disease has been linked to many other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and even cancer. Despite its prevalence, periodontal disease is rarely discussed, resulting in a lack of urgency, awareness and education among the public.
"There's clearly more work to be done when it comes to educating Americans about the importance of oral hygiene in maintaining healthy gums. There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in plaque, and brushing alone does not remove the bacteria that live below the gum line," says AAP President Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH. "The good news about periodontal disease is that with proper and timely care, it's treatable and often reversible. If a person has been diagnosed with or is at risk for periodontal disease, a periodontist has the training and expertise to determine the best course of treatment."
Patients should discuss their periodontal health with a dental professional who can make a referral to a periodontist if necessary.
For more information and tips on how to properly care for your gums, visit perio.org.
(NewsUSA) - A cancer center is taking a unique approach to getting cigarette smokers to quit by suggesting they use smokeless tobacco as an alternative.
The James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the University of Louisville have aimed their "Switch and Quit" campaign --headed by Brad Rodu, professor of medicine at the University of Louisville -- at Owensboro, Ky., a city that has the nation's highest smoking rates (it kills about 220 residents a year), in a state that leads the nation in tobacco growth and export.
It is an understatement to say this program -- which was started in 2011 and continues today -- has an uphill battle in getting Owensboro residents to switch, but as Dr. Donald Miller, an oncologist and director of the cancer center told USA Today in an interview, "this is as reasonable a scientific hypothesis as anybody has come up with and it needs to be tried."
Supporters of the program say that smokers who switch to smokeless tobacco rather than nicotine patches or gum, are more likely to give up cigarettes. For the 46 million Americans who smoke, that could be welcome news.
"If nicotine can be delivered in a less harmful way, millions of lives could be saved in the United States," Radu said.
Bolstering Radu's research is a 2007 report from the Royal College of Physicians in London, which suggested that some smokeless tobacco products are about 90 percent less harmful than cigarettes.
This is also good news for tobacco accessory producers like FLASR, an Atlanta-based company that has created portable spittoons.
"If more people turn to smokeless tobacco, they're going to need an easy and discreet way to enjoy their product of choice without attracting attention," says FLASR CEO Everett Dickson.
To that end, FLASR has created a flask that has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not being used, which eliminates the risk of embarrassing spills and leaks so often seen with cups and bottles. In addition, the 4-ounce pocket-sized spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution, no matter where you go.
"Finding a way to let people have their nicotine that carries less risk, it's the realistic solution," said one oncologist.
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(NewsUSA) - Did you know that you start to lose muscle at a mere 30 years of age? Whether we like it or not, muscle starts to degenerate with each decade of life. This age-related muscle loss, known as sarcopenia, springs from many factors, including inactivity, inadequate protein and increased levels of the regulatory protein myostatin, which impedes muscle growth. Clinical studies have shown that high levels of myostatin can lead to reduced muscle mass.
Sarcopenia impacts overall health as well. Age-related muscle loss can limit daily activities of living and increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity as well as cardiovascular, neurological, and orthopedic diseases.
That said there are steps you can take to help stem the effects of sarcopenia.
Moderate physical activity, along with resistance training, can help promote muscle growth and reduce the impact of this biological event.
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MYOS' Re Muscle Health nutrition products are formulated to help protect and preserve lean, healthy muscle tissue. The product line includes: bars, powders and meal-replacement shakes designed to be used daily to supplement a sensible workout regimen, or simply as part of a regular healthy diet to promote muscle health and lean body mass. The products contain a 6.6 gram serving of Fortetropin along with 20 grams of protein.
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