I started shooting in 2015 after accompanying my son, Ryland, to the World Field Championships in Zagreb, Croatia the previous Fall. I saw how much fun the women Barebow archers were having and realized I could have some fun, too, while driving my kids around for their archery adventures.
What is your current set up?
Gillo GT 25” ILF with a Gillo blade weight setup, ancient 32 lb KAP limbs, a Beiter plunger, a Spigarelli rest, a hubby-made BCY string, homemade finger socks, a Jäger grip, my beloved Yost brass tab, an Easton rolling case, a Lancaster pouch, a hubby-made leather quiver, VAP arrows, Top Hat points, and Dragon Flight vanes.
And a song in my heart. Either Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’ while I’m waiting to shoot or Heart’s ‘Barracuda‘ on the line. Or at least that’s how I remember it.... since I haven’t competed since the 2020 Indoor Nats.
What are your biggest shooting accomplishments?
I was a member of the US Archery Field Worlds team in Ireland along with my son in 2016, and in Italy in 2018. And 2019 was a good year for me with Women’s Master Barebow 1st Place finishes at Indoor Nationals, Outdoor National Championships, and the US Open.
Favorite product you are using right
now? My Gillo GT is awesome. I love how I can switch from Indoor to Outdoor easily. And I can decrease or increase my poundage depending on my current strength and not have to swap out a lot of other things.
What hobbies other than archery do you have? Not a lot of time for hobbies these days with caregiving for a family member and operating the US office for a ministry serving orphans and widows in Africa, but I enjoy gardening, cooking, family genealogy, and watching British comedies and dramas when I get the chance.
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You’re starting me off with a tough one. Ok, it’s not really that tough. Honestly, I don’t have a favorite archer. Like the song says “love the one you’re with”. I just enjoy being in the company, with new friends and old, and whomever I’m shooting with is my favorite archer or archers for the day. I have met so many good people and expect many to be friends for life. In that regard, I’m so thankful for barebow archery.
What got you started in Archery?
I originally started in archery with a Hoyt Spectra Lite compound bow purchased from Lancaster Archery in the late ‘80s solely for the purpose of extending my deer season. My close friend Merle got me interested in traditional and I bought my first longbow in the early 2000s. I first tried my hand at the competition in the summer of 2010, using my longbow, when I heard my local club was hosting a regional PSAA outdoor target. I won that first tournament but didn’t come back to competing for a couple of years. When I got back to it again, still shooting longbow, this time at the state level at a PSAA outdoor target event, I met John Demmer. John opened my eyes to the modern recurve barebow and encouraged me to join USA Archery. About the same time, John Wert introduced me to barebow archery technique at Lancaster Archery. With John Wert’s and Sean Snyder’s help, I picked up my first barebow rig in 2015, a Win & Win Inno Max carbon riser now fitted with two Yost 11.7-oz weights, and started competing with it in the fall and winter of 2015-2016. I won a few tournaments with that first barebow rig and still have it today.
Do you have any superstitions when shooting? Hmmm, no, I am not superstitious. I have my faith in the Lord and I have an amazing wife who supports my competitive spirit which keeps me on an even keel and helps me prepare for competition and accept the results I get.
What is your favorite event to go to and why?
My favorite event by far is the Lancaster Classic. I have competed successfully at the state and national level and I have enjoyed The Vegas Shoot, but the Classic was the first major event I attended and it’s where I first had an opportunity to meet so many great barebow archers. I was truly humbled to compete in such company and fortunately, I had the presence of mind to pick up a new target and take it from archer to archer, asking for an autograph with their hometown and state written next to it. I still have that target framed and hanging in my family room. I first competed at the Classic in 2016. I made the cut for the elimination round but we had a major snowstorm that year so they closed the venue Saturday, taking only the top four (of which I was not one) from the qualification round to the Sunday shoot-off, and skipping the elimination round altogether. I have always made the cut and had success at the Classic but by far, the best part of competing there is the sense of camaraderie I feel with the opportunity to hang out with so many of my favorite people all together in one place.
What is your current set-up and poundage you shoot? My current setup is a 27-inch Gillo G1 with a Jager grip, Hoyt Vellos limbs, 60X 8125 string, Better plunger, Spigarelli ZT rest, Victory VAP arrows with Spider spin wings for outdoor target, Carbon Express Maxima RZ arrows with Spider spin wings for field and indoor target, and Yost Pro tab. My limbs are rated at 34-lbs and I’m holding about 37-lbs at the fingertips with my long draw length. I still have my W&W Inno Max as stated previously and I also have had success with a 27-in CD Archery WFXO. I started with the Yost tab early in my competitive career and consider it indispensable. I guess if I had a superstition it would be that I consider that Yost tab as my one constant no matter what other gear I’m shooting so I would feel lost without it!
What is one piece of advice you would give to any Archer? Don’t mess with success so use a Yost tab. Always believe in yourself, relax, stay in the moment, and release each and every arrow with confidence and conviction.