When you’re wrapped up in your own riding, it’s easy to forget just how many different ways horses serve us in sport – and in life. While we don’t feature the cowboy hats and chaps of the western riding disciplines as often here on NFStyle.com, we’re all about celebrating the horse-human connection in all arenas, in all disciplines.

We fell in love with these barrel-racing moments from The American in Dallas, Texas, as captured by Shannon Brinkman, and had to share. Here’s to the horses that make us faster, better, and stronger.