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Rodeo champion Merrill O’Neal

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O’Neal shows her affection toward the pony as if it were her own child.

Having a pastime for 20 plus years, it must be something one loves. And for Merrill O’Neal, the rodeo is just that.

Still barrel racing after 20 years, O’Neal now resides on Rodeo Road where she has a horse stable holding many horses and a few dogs to keep her company.

In O’Neal’s younger days she attended a camp in Arkansas where she began to love the fast-paced timed event of barrel racing. Entering her first contest at the camp in the seventh grade is when she turned this hobby into a lifetime commitment.

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