Ali Barros has had a passion for animals -especially horses since she was a small child. As a young child she begged her parents for riding lessons at a local barn. Although her parents were not horse people themselves, she had strong roots that her family believes is why she "caught the horse bug".
Ali's great grandfather who was from County Cork, Ireland also had the same fiery passion for horses. Mr. Harnedy (father of late Agnes Casey) had a racing farm where he bred and raced Irish Thoroughbreds. Although the two never met and are generations apart, the love for the Thoroughbred links them together.
Pictured is Harnedy with one of his racehorses
Ali began her journey as a hunter/jumper rider and purchased her first Off-The-Track Thoroughbred in 2010. Sword's Pride by Sword Dance [IRE] raced 21 times before finding a new home with an eventer who successfully campaigned up to Preliminary. On a trip to Ocala, Florida Ali found the chestnut gelding that was up for sale. After two rides, "Pierre" was purchased and headed north to Boston to become Ali's lifelong teammate.
In 2016, she adopted "Talon's of Tuscany" (Arch) from Second Stride in Prospect, Kentucky. She found Tuscany off of a Facebook photo and fell in love at first sight. The handsome dark bay gelding was striking and had the look of a hunter prospect. When she arrived at Second Stride, he had just been gelded and could only be walked in hand. Ali recalls "I remember walking in his stall and asking if he wanted to come home with me. He seemed to be interested in that idea so he loaded up and headed home to Tennessee". She said "I have always ridden the horses I purchased at least once but he seemed special and had a sweet personality". She even received photos from his racing trainers. After 18 months of retraining, Tuscany appeared in his first horse show. He wowed the judges with his hunter rounds, winning champion and even ended up fifth overall for the year end awards after only one show! The pair looks forward to a fantastic 2020 season in the 3'-3'6" jumpers and BN-N Eventing. Follow Tuscany's journey here: Barros Sporthorses on Facebook.
Brands We Love:
After spending over nineteen years around horses, she has a group of brands she loves.
Proudly a member of:
United States Equestrian Federation, United States Hunter Jumper Association, United States Eventing Association, Retired Racehorse Project, Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program, and Lifelong Member of West Tennessee Hunter Jumper Association.