When you leave a clinic we expect you to feel confident, educated, inspired and motivated.
I first started attending Melby clinics when I was 9 years old. I have since been to several clinics a year. I have accomplished many goals because of the things they have taught me. I have gone from just competing to 4H and WSCA shows to being competitive in Jr High Rodeo and jackpots. Jane’s words are always so inspiring, she makes me want to work hard to make my dreams come true. They have taught me everything from properly caring for a performance horse to taking care of myself. In 2014 I was finally old enough to join Jr. High Rodeo. I spent a few days riding Shorty, who was Colton’s heel horse. It didn’t take long to decide that he was coming home with us. Shorty has also become my goat horse. Last year I was rookie of the year for MN Jr. High Rodeo, and I have the Melby family to thank for that. I am currently sitting first in the breakaway average, and am hoping to make it to nationals this year with Shorty. That fall when I needed a faster barrel horse, our first call was to Jane. Jane had us meet up with Cayla to try a few out. We picked Famous Red Rum. Although he has been a challenge for me to stay consistent with, the Melby family has always been there to help and answer questions. They have helped me break bad habits that I have picked up, and helped me compete the best I can. Everyone in the family is so kind and helpful. I love going to their ranch and learning new things. I am always counting down the days until I can go back! Some of my accomplishments are:
- 2013 WI UBRA 2D 3rd in the average
- 2014 WI UBRA 1D Youth Champion
- 2014/2015 MN Jr. High Rodeo Rookie of the Year
- 2014/2015 MN Jr. High Rodeo National Qualifier in Pole Bending
- 2015 Fast and Furious 1D Average Champion
- 2015 UBRA WI 1D Youth Reserve champion
- 2015 ProElite WI 1D Youth champion
- 2015 MPBA 1D Youth Reserve Champion
- 2015 MPBA MN 1D Youth Champion
The Lucas Family
We met Jane the fall of 2009. We went up to their original place in Backus, MN to look at horses for our oldest daughter at that time. She was so gracious, helpful and encouraging. We did not leave that day with a horse but left with an invitation to come back anytime. Well, that is what we continued to do from that point on. There were numerous trips up to her place as our kids continued to want to learn how to ride, rope and rodeo.
The first horse we did buy was Sally in 2010. She knew how to rope and run barrels but not quite finished. Today, she is amazing. She runs mid 20 second pole runs, places in the barrels, heel horse, and breakaway. Our girls have each found their barrel horse through Jane.
McKayla our 2nd oldest bought her barrel horse through Jane in 2012 and won the MN state barrel racing championship on him, and a full ride to Western Texas College this past summer, placing 2nd at the IYFR.
Our third daughter bought her horse a year ago and won the MN state championship on her horse.
When our son began roping 4 years ago, we needed a pony and sure enough, Colton (Jane's son) found one and delivered one to our door step. And again, as expected, she is amazing. She has taught him to rope and settle in that box with no issues. She has also became a goat horse for our girls and a flag racing pony as well.
Lydia our youngest just received her first horse from Jane last fall, Rex. Cayla trained him and he is on his was to greatness as well.
There are so many stories, testimony of talent and lessons along the way that we can be grateful for and thankful for her knowledge. She always cares how we all are doing, invites us to all her clinics when they are close by.
There have been many trips to Oklahoma and Vegas as Jane made her way to the NFR. Seh does not keep her talents to herself, but continually shares them. Her is to see everyone who comes to her to succeed. She offers advice and continued coaching; its our job to take what we are given and run and finish each race.
Thank you to The Melby Team! The Lucas Family – Rich, Laura, Allison, McKayla, Jacqueline, Samuel and Lydia
I first met Jane in 2009 when I was 10 years old and bought my first step up horse from her. She was still living in Backus, MN which is only 45 minutes away from my home. I have attended as many of their clinics and taken as many lessons as I could from them since that time. I have purchased several horses and had horses in training with her in the past 6 years. I have traveled down to Oklahoma to see her and take lessons. She has always been warm, welcoming and available to help with whatever question or problem I may have had over the year. I have progressed from running in the 4D at local jackpots and participating in 4H to achieving some major goals. She took the time to instruct me at the level I was currently at and gave me what I needed to progress to the next level. She helped find me the step up horses I needed to progress successfully. I would never have achieved what I have in the past few years without her help.
- 2014 1D placing at NBHA youth world in Perry, Georgia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSmBcJPuhNU
- 2014 UBRA World North youth 1D champion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tA3flhvCKj0
- 2015 MN NBHA youth 1D champion - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDoULdTtajk
- 2015 MN National HS rodeo team member in both barrels and pole bending. MN state reserve champion in Barrels and 3rd place in MN in pole bending as a freshman. Won the short go at the state finals in both events. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9G-Fv0FbBY , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifTT_L8znOo
~ Shannon McBride
As Jane puts it, "I was a green rider on a green horse." I rode with a lot of emotional baggage and struggled to get beyond the 3D. Jane showed me her path around the barrels and helped me throw off the mental baggage. We were in the 2D that summer! As I conquered one concept to the best of my ability, I would seek out help from the Melbys for the next. In 2014, we were consistently in the 2D and getting an occasional taste of the 1D! I sent my mare to the Melbys for a month with the goal it would push us into the 1D. 2015 proved to be our best year yet!! We placed in the 1D in big barrel races, Reserve 1D NBHA Champions, and pulled checks in the WPRA!! The Melbys ARE the reason for our success. They share ALL their knowledge and experience at their clinics. Their techniques make common sense and they work.
Thanks Jane for all you have done for Gracie and I!!! ~ Carla Baumgartner
Over the years, they have also broke and trained multiple horses for us for barrels starting when they lived in MN and has continued even though they are now in OK. These horses were and still are some of the top barrel horses in our area. Including horses we have raised that were out of their stallions.
Jane is hardworking, an exceptional teacher that loves passing her knowledge on to others.
~ Pat Hicks
Jane helps her with her mental game and Austyn usually attends 2 or 3 of her clinics a year.
Colton helps us get our colts started and Cayla is the person in this world Austyn looks up to the most. Cayla has given Austyn multiple lessons and important advice. Cayla knows what it's like to compete at a high level at a young age.
We all have bad runs and Cayla has helped Austyn to deal with those days in a healthy way. I love how well Melbys treat their horses and we have learned a ton from them.
A few of the horses we have purchased are:
LGR Webbs Pride
2012 MN NBHA Youth 1D Champion. 2013 NBHA Youth World 6th place 1d, 2014 9th Youth World 1d, 3rd in the 1d 2013 BBR Regional Challenge
2011 UBRA Youth World Champion 2013 MN Open and Youth 1d Champion
2014 10th in the 1d NBHA Youth World, 2013 1st in the 1d BBR Regional Challenge
Cat Bar Annie qualified Austyn for NJHSF 2014
Merrisocks qualified Austyn for NJHSF 2015