Second Career Star: Biscuit De Feu

Second Career Star: Biscuit De Feu

This hotrod former racehorse is lighting it up as a barrel racing horse. 

Biscuit De Feu

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By Andrea Caudill

She lit the board in her career as a racehorse, and now Biscuit De Feu is lighting the board as a barrel horse in two countries. 

Biscuit De Feu – whose name is “fire cookie” in French –  was bred in California by Bryan and Pamela Scheer, owned during her racing career by Jeannie Baldwin and saddled by champion trainer Kenneth Roberts in Louisiana. 

The strapping 2013 brown mare has an unusual racing pedigree, as she is sired by First Down French, a son of one of barrel racing’s all-time leading sires, Frenchmans Guy, out of a mare sired by A Classic Dash. 

Her dam is High Tide, a daughter of champion runner Ocean Runaway and the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame stallion Strawfly Special’s daughter, Casual Slip Knot. 

Biscuit De Feu’s racing career was limited to two starts as a 2-year-old, including a solid second-place finish, when her connections decided it was time to move her into her new career. 

Leanne Marie Sine of Dewinton, Alberta, was looking for something sired by First Down French, who was himself a successful barrel racing horse and sire, and she found Biscuit De Feu on Facebook and bought her. 

“She caught my eye,” Leanne says. “And then I really liked her bottom side, too.” 

The mare, now known as “Ferrari,” moved to her new home in Alberta, and the barn of her owner, who is a professional trainer specializing in reining and barrel racing horses. 

Leanne’s skill has paid off for the mare her owner describes as “an absolute little firecracker.” 

The mare was racetrack broke when she arrived, and Leanne was prepared to be patient teaching the horse her new job. 

“I took my time with her, went back to the basics and got her really broke,” Leanne says. “I train reiners, too, so I put a really strong foundation on her. She’s a real sensitive horse and a little bit hotter bred too, so lots of slow work and really took my time with her. I got her broke, broke, broke.”

Ferrari is a workaholic, and is saddled up on average six days a week – she doesn’t like taking time off. 

They travel to events in Alberta, as well as traveling to the United States to compete. Their first year they debuted in some smaller futurities and events, allowing Ferrari to learn and build confidence. In 2019, the first of her derby years, they began stepping up to bigger events, with placings and 1D wins, including a top 10 finish at the AQHA World Championship Show in Level 2 senior barrel racing. 

“She’s just full of herself, but a sweetheart to have around,” Leann says. “Just a personality.”

As for 2020, it’s the final derby year for the mare and Leanne had plans to campaign the mare, but, well, “This year ... our plans have kinda got kiboshed.”

“This is her last derby year and I had some bigger stuff planned that we didn’t get to do,” Leanne says. “But hopefully (we’ll get to) some bigger races and rodeos (when things start back up), we will see what she wants to do.” 

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