Desert Mama- Who is Chelsea and where can we find her? Tell us about yourself:

Chelsea- I´m a barrel racer and western fashion model out of California. I can typically be found on a horse or driving somewhere for the horses.

Growing up my mom was all about horses and my dad was all in for dirt bikes so from a young age horses have always been around. I stopped though to focus on racing dirt bikes and playing other sports! Dirt Bikes are always a part of me though.

DM- How and when did the love for riding horses come about?

C- My mom had a couple horses and a pony for my sister and I when I was pretty young but my interest was more on the mechanical horsepower at the time.

DM- How did you start barrel racing? At what age?

C- I saw a friend doing it and being the dare devil that I am, I jumped in head first and haven´t looked back, I was 15 at the time.

DM- Who would you say influenced your choice?

C-The friend that introduced me to barrel racing & my mom fully encouraged it! She was excited that I wanted to get back into horses.

DM- Have you had a serious fall on horseback throughout your life?

C- Luckily I have not! **knock on wood**

DM- What would you say is the best moment? Do you have like a lucky charm before you start?

C- Walking through the gate on a horse that is just as excited to run as you are! You can feel the adrenaline flowing and it´s pretty awesome.

No lucky charms but I do say a quick prayer for safety.

DM- The part you love the most of what you do, and the least part:

C- Seeing all kinds of awesome places and meeting awesome people.

The worst would be cost and stress during hauling hoping that someone doesn´t wreck into us.

DM- Where and how would you like to see yourself 10 years from now?

C- I hope that I will have trained a couple of successful futurity horses and build a name for myself in that area of the arena.

DM- Your happiest childhood memory:

C- I was lucky to have a pretty awesome childhood, so it´s hard to narrow it down but I would have to say being able to see so many
destinations in and out of the US and adventuring on the dirt bikes and seeing so many cool sites that way.

DM- Your best quality and your worst defect:

C- My best is that I´m a very hard worker who is also very loving to those that deserve it & my worst would be that I´m stubborn as hell and have a weeee bit of a temper.

DM- What makes you angry:

C- Stupidity.

DM- Other interests apart from barrel racing:

C- Riding dirt bikes, hunting, traveling and relaxing.

DM- A success and a failure:

C- I’ve been able to achieve most of the goals that I set for myself. A failure would be that I sometimes dont push myself to my fullest potential and sell myself short.


– A phrase: Nobody cares, work harder.

– A film: Bio Dome.

– A song: Free Bird -Lynyrd Skynyrd.

– A drink: Fresh homemade lemonade is always so good.

– A book: One that can actually catch my interest. Haven´t found many though.

– A city:  Virginia City, Nevada.


  • Ten years in a coma / Ten years in jail
  • City life / Country life 
  • Talking to animals / Talking to the dead (for sure)
  • Having more time / Having more money 
  • Constantly winter / Constantly summer
  • Having a family with 5 kids / Not having kids at all
  • Only eating salty food / Only eating sweet
  • Music concert / Theater play (hopefully Lynyrd
  • Something organized / Something improvised
  • Visiting the past / Visiting the future
  • Being unable to see / Being unable to hear
  • Reality / Fiction
  • Never leaving your city / Not being able to return 
  • Continuing with your life / Restarting your life 
  • Knowing what you will die of / Knowing what day you will 
  • Motorcycle trip / Car trip
  • Waking up in a desert / In a boat in the middle of the Ocean