Behind the Scenes with Barrel Racer, Coach, Wife, and Cowgirl Lacy Dunsmore

If you aren’t familiar with Tres Rios sponsor team athlete Lacy Dunsmore, you’re missing out. This barrel racer, coach, wife, and cowgirl does it all, and we went behind the scenes with her to hear more about her story, her inspiration, and a bit of advice she has for other rodeo athletes.

Q: Tell a little bit about who you are, where you’re from.

A: I was born and raised in Minnesota. I have been competing and rodeoing since I was about 2 years old. I also have always played sports and I played basketball in college. My husband, Matt, and I recently bought our new ranch in River Falls, Wisconsin. I train barrel horses, mostly futurity colts, for ourselves and for clients and then take some of them to the rodeo arena. Matt and I were also recently hired as the head rodeo coaches at the University Wisconsin River Falls.

Q: What rodeo event(s) do you compete in?

A: Barrel racing, but I still enjoy spending time helping teach goat tying.


Q: What are some of your rodeo accomplishments?

A: I remind myself every day that a successful day riding colts is an accomplishment! I have been a very successful goat tyer and have enjoyed making a lot of nice barrel racing horses. Most of my winnings have come at the barrel racings and on colts lately, but I plan to take some to the rodeo arena this year more than I have in the past.

Q: How long have you been on the Tres Rios sponsor team?

A: I am honored to have been with the Tres Rios sponsor team since 2015! They have been such a blessing and an honor to be a part of! Their products, company, staff, family and faith are so awesome. It is a blessing to represent such a great company!

Q: What does a typical day look like for you outside of the arena? 

A: My typical day outside of the arena tends to still be on the ranch. We have 30-35 horses at our place made up of our own horses, training horses, our colt breakers training horses and some boarding horses. If I am not riding or making sure the horses are feeling 110%, I may be coaching the rodeo team, helping other riders learn and excel, or squeezing in a workout. I make sure to find some time for Matt and I to be able to connect at the end of our day. The days are long and fly by and it is very important to us to connect outside of our business and daily tasks. I am also a CPA and a partner in a firm near Minneapolis, MN. I do not practice much any longer, but I am available if they need me.

Q: Who is your biggest inspiration in the arena and why?

A: There are so many, but Matt and God are my biggest inspiration! Matt works extremely hard in his job everyday and has put his faith in me and our horses. What happens in the arena is a team effort. I rest assured in God’s plan and that keeps me moving forward daily.

Q: What do you think contributes most to your success in the arena?

A: Obviously, hard work. We did not come from a family ranch and we had to work hard to get to where we are, which makes it so rewarding. I have always had so much passion for what I do that I just couldn’t live without it. Also, be prepared and educated. If you are prepared, when you get there and go to make that run, you won’t be spending time worrying if you did this or forgot that or should have done this or that, etc. You can focus and go do your job.

Q: If you were to give a piece of advice to an aspiring barrel racer, what would it be?

A: Compete against yourself and yourself only. Each day, each run, find the victory in what you have accomplished, not what you have not accomplished. Barrel racing is ridiculously competitive and you have to be able to see the journey and find victories along the way. As you are learning and growing, your goal each run or each day won’t be the same as your competitors. Work to be better every day and stay passionate.

Q: What’s one thing people don’t know about you/your journey that you’d like to share? (can be a fun fact, or something you feel has shaped you into who you are)

A: A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease. I don’t share that with many people. We need to take care of ourselves to be successful, just like we care for our horses. And, our business brand, 77 Ranch, is our birthday! Matt and I share the same birthday, July 7th!

Q: In your spare time, where can we find you?

A: Spending time with Matt, family and friends, petting my dogs and being active somehow!