For almost as long as she can remember, Callie duPerier Apffel was bouncing from rodeo to rodeo across the U.S. and Canada, chasing a dream. DuPerier Apffel, 23, grew up on trail horses and began barrel racing when she was 13. For her, riding and racing fit like boots and jeans -- despite the fact shes allergic to both horses and hay and has to take medication because of it.I probably went to thousands of races as kid, she says. I cant even count how many times Ive gone to a barrel race or how many times Ive ridden around barrels.From the moment she was introduced, she was hooked. I love horses, so being able to do that on your horse, I thought it was really cool, she says. The adrenaline rush she felt was more intense than from any other sport.Racers go as fast as possible in a cloverleaf pattern through three barrels -- trying hard not to knock over a barrel (a five-second penalty). Races usually last between 13 and 20 seconds.DuPerier Apffel started a few years later than most girls but learned quickly. As a high school senior she won the Womens Professional Rodeo Association junior world title. After three years in college, she set her sights on one goal: to win the National Finals Rodeo world title.Trip duPerier has traveled the country with his daughter, helped her strategize before races and bought her the horses -- a wide variety -- that helped teach her to ride. He says Callie is humble and calm -- but shes also extremely competitive and athletic. She dont look it on the outside, but she and me both, we do not like to lose, he says, laughing.He recalls how she played volleyball, basketball, ran track and was a cheerleader at little Medina High School outside San Antonio. He says in one hurdles race, she fell down on the second-to-last hurdle, but got back up and won. At one point, when she injured her knee and couldnt run, she entered the shot put -- and made the state championship. She went out for basketball for the first time as a senior, scored a bunch of points and even pulled off a reverse layup without ever having practiced the shot.Everybody was saying, Where did she come up with that? Trip says.At the same time, she was competing in high school rodeo. With her dad in her corner, many weekends were a blur. There would be times when he would pick me up from school or pick me up from a volleyball tournament and Id sleep the whole way to the rodeo, and then hed wake me up and Id hop on and run.She was torn between playing college volleyball and going on the rodeo circuit after high school, but decided to play volleyball at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. The 5-foot-10 outside hitter did well -- she ranks No. 3 on the schools list for most points in a season -- but suffered a shoulder injury that prompted her to leave college and pursue rodeo after three seasons.Her quest became to qualify for National Finals Rodeo and win the world title. To do that, shed have to crisscross the country, entering rodeos here, there and everywhere to earn enough money to be among the top 15 earners invited to the annual NFR event in Las Vegas.Its a tough and expensive task, but Callie and Trip were committed to it. It meant long drives and plane rides, sometimes trailering two horses at a time (they hired a driver) so theyd have horses at different venues at the same time, and the support of shoers, veterinarians, other riders and the whole duPerier family. Callie might have to be in Oakdale, Utah, one night and St. Paul, Oregon, the next. A victory could be worth a few hundred dollars or several thousand. It was a marathon.Wed be like in Tupelo, Mississippi, and in 16 hours youve got to be at the southern tip of Florida, and youre driving 75, 80 the whole way and you step out of your trailer, you saddle your horse and theyre calling your name, Trip recalls.Her first full season of 2014 she competed in 85 events and finished 25th in earnings. But she was No. 3 among Womens Pro Rodeo Association rookies. In 2015, she entered 100 events and was No. 1 in money earned -- and qualified for Vegas.Going into the 10-round, three-day NFR competition, Callie and Trip had a plan: be consistent, dont hit barrels and keep advancing and winning money. She decided to focus on each race without thinking about cumulative times or earnings. I was like, Yeah, I can make 10 clean runs on [my horse] Dillon. And thank goodness it happened, she says.At the end of 10 runs, her aggregate time was 140.41 seconds, .34 less than the next rider. That gave her the average title for that competition and $67,269 in prize money, which vaulted her to the top of the season money list at $303,846. She had become world champion.I got to do a victory lap because I had won the average, but I had no idea that I had won the world, she says. So I did my victory lap and was waving and got off and they were talking to me and telling me congratulations, and I still thought Id just won the average. Then when I was about to do an interview, they said something about winning the world, and I was like, Wait, I won? ... I started crying and said, I have to tell my dad. Being a numbers guy, Trip already knew, even if she didnt. He also knew that the long run to a championship was both satisfying and expensive. I bet it cost us about 150 [thousand dollars] to make 300, he says.After winning that title last year, duPerier Apffel decided 2016 would be the perfect time to rein in the pro career. She had a wedding to plan in May and moved to Galveston, Texas, where her husband, Kaleb, operates a lumber yard. Instead of spending months on the road and galloping around barrels, shes organizing and decorating their home and hunting and fishing with Kaleb. For once, she has free time.She has competed in several events of the new Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) League of Rodeo Champions, even winning the first one in Oregon in April and taking second at the next stop in Idaho. Yet she admits shes not all-in the way she has been in the past. She has other priorities, like staying close to home and maybe starting a family. She has no desire to live out of a suitcase anymore. But its hard to keep a world champion barrel racer out of the saddle.When shes asked if rodeo -- perhaps on a smaller scale -- might always be a part of her life, she says yes. I dont plan on fully quitting, because its fun, she says. I love it. I like the rush of riding. Cheap Air Jordan 13 Shoes . 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While you may be an avid fan of a particular NHL team -- and keep up to date on all the news and rumors regarding that franchise -- there are 29 others playing in 2016-17.As a fantasy owner, it can be a bit daunting to keep tabs on everything.Thats where the Fantasy 30 comes in, a rundown of the most fantasy-relevant updates on every team.Were closing in on the opening of the regular season, with teams making their final cuts and decisions on the destinations for young players. Theres also the usual batch of injuries for fantasy owners to monitor. Lets get to it!Anaheim Ducks: The salary-cap number-crunchers advise theres little chance the Ducks can re-sign both RFA defenseman Hampus Lindholm and forward Rickard Rakell without moving salary. With that in mind, ESPN.coms Pierre LeBrun proposes defenseman Cam Fowler -- with his $4 million annual contract expiring at the end of next season -- could be on the block. With so many potential moving parts in play, cautious fantasy owners may opt to avoid all involved here until the dust starts to settle.Arizona Coyotes: Seeing heavy minutes and earning glowing reviews, rookie defenseman Jakob Chychrun is favored to crack the Coyotes roster out of camp. Now, whether hes sent back to the OHL Sarnia Sting after nine NHL games (the allotted number before the first year of an entry-level deal kicks in) is another story. Considered an elite skater, the 18-year-old was selected 16th overall by the Coyotes at the 2016 draft.Boston Bruins: Offering him every opportunity to fight for a roster spot during his professional tryout, the Bruins remain open to including defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on this seasons roster. While the 34-year-olds more productive days are behind him, injury to a power-play contributor such as Torey Krug or John-Michael Liles could give Ehrhoff the chance to prove he still has it in him to contribute offensively.Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres are more banged up than theyd like to launch 2016-17; both Ryan OReilly (muscle spasms) and Kyle Okposo (bruised knee) are in danger of sitting out the early part of the season. However, this news shouldnt alter your season-long fantasy strategy as a whole, because neither is anticipated to miss much time. Additional note: As discussed last week, RFA defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen remains unsigned but continues to practice with the club. For now.Calgary Flames: Skating on a forward line with Sam Bennett and Troy Brouwer, youngster Matthew Tkachuk is quickly turning heads at Flames camp, so much so that the 18-year-old sits in position to make the NHL squad out of the gates. And if star Johnny Gaudreau remains unsigned -- a sickening thought for Calgary fans altogether -- Keith Tkachuks boy could stick around a while. Collecting 107 points in 57 games with the OHL London Knights last season, the 2016 sixth-overall draft pick should be on your fantasy radar regardless.Carolina Hurricanes: Veteran Lee Stempniak appears to have settled in as a top-six forward with his new club, fixed to skate on the second line with center Victor Rask and winger Jeff Skinner. After scoring 19 goals and 32 assists with the Devils and Bruins this past season, the 33-year-old shapes up as a fantasy factor in deeper leagues.Chicago Blackhawks: Could the Oilers trade two former No. 1 draft selections in the same year? Dont rule it out. After dishing Taylor Hall (2010) to New Jersey earlier this offseason, GM Peter Chiarelli is working to a broker a deal that would ship Nail Yakupov (2012) out of town. And while a trade may not be imminent, there have been substantial talks with the Blackhawks. An enduring disappointment with Edmonton through four seasons, Yakupov would only benefit from such a positive change in scenery, especially if he earns the chance to compete in a top-six role alongside center Jonathan Toews.Colorado Avalanche: If early-season injuries freak you out, avoid drafting Avalanche forward Matt Duchene. Although hes quick to shrug it off, the 25-year-old centerman hurt his shoulder while representing Canada at the World Cup of Hockey. Duchene scored 30 goals and 29 assists in 76 games for Colorado in 2015-16, and is currently ranked No. 130 overall in our top 250.Columbus Blue Jackets: And then there were two.John Tortorellas plan to select his top backup goalie from a pool of three has been spoiled by injury. With Joonas Korpisalo (groin) out, the battle now pegs veteran Curtis McElhinney versus youngster Anton Forsberg. Because the latter can be assigned to the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL without passing through waivers, McElhinney stands the greater chance of serving as No. 2 behind Sergei Bobrovsky. This is a moot fantasy point unless Bobrovsky gets hurt, though thats not out of the realm of possibility given his track record.Dallas Stars: Looks like Ales Hemsky may not be fit to start the regular season after all. Tweaking his groin while representing the Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey, the 33-year-old was initially projected to recover in time. However, a professional tryout contract since offered to forward Justin Fontaine -- along with Hemsky refraining from joining his teammates on the ice -- suggests otherwise. Once healthy, the veteran winger is projected to rejoin center Jason Spezza on the Stars second scoring line.Detroit Red Wings: Frans Nielsen is pumped about the prospect of playing alongside veteran forward Henrik Zetterberg. If this 30-plus forward pairing can keep up with the kids, theres a solid chance we see the long-time Islander break the 60-point barrier for the first time in his career.Edmonton Oilers: In updating Jesse Puljujarvis promise as a possible top-six linemate to Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, it looks like the 18-year-old Finn is poised to begin 2016-17 in the AHL. But this isnt to suggest Puljujarvi -- the fourth overall pick of the 2016 draft, and a keeper-league gem -- wont compete at all in the NHL this season.Florida Panthers: The Roberto Luongo/James Reimer goaltending tandem is one to watch this campaign. While Luongo is still labeled the Panthers No. 1, the club committed a fair amount (five years, $17 million) to secure Reimers services as backup. And after wrapping up 2015-16 brilliantly with the Sharks, the former Maple Leaf has appeared sharp as ever this autumn. All things considered, Floridas coaches may lean toward a time-share split near 60-40 for the 37-year-old and 28-year-old in 2016-17.Los Angeles Kings: Between Marian Gaboriks foot injury and Tanner Pearsons two-game suspension, rookie Adrian Kempe has a shot at filling a top-six NHL role out of camp..dddddddddddd However, the 20-year-old Swede would likely have to play out of this world to avoid a trip back to the AHLs Ontario Reign.Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens may open the 2016-17 regular season with an 18-year-old defenseman in their midst. Not only that, but Mikhail Sergachev -- selected ninth overall in this years draft -- could fill a demanding top-four role. As member of the OHL Windsor Spitfires, Sergachev amassed 57 points in 67 games this past season, his first on North American ice.Minnesota Wild: Shortly after reportedly securing a spot on a No. 1 forward unit with Zach Parise and new center Eric Staal, Charlie Coyle goes and hurts himself. Fortunately, the lower-body injury is reportedly minor. Coyle could still see some competitive action this preseason, but its something to monitor.Nashville Predators: While the Predators gifted, young defense has attracted the lions share of positive attention this autumn, the corps up front isnt devoid of young talent either. For instance, 20-year-old Vladislav Kamenev is thought to be heir apparent to Mike Fisher and/or Mike Ribeiro as a top-six centerman. Fantasy owners should benefit from keeping a close watch on Kamenevs progress this season, his second with the organization.New Jersey Devils: Forward Beau Bennett may already have blown his shot at a pretty sweet gig to start the Devils 2016-17 campaign. Unimpressed with the 24-year-olds work on a top line with star winger Taylor Hall and center Adam Henrique, coach John Hynes has bumped Devante Smith-Pelly into the position instead. If Bennett gets another opportunity -- and its early, so he might -- this dark horse fantasy asset could make a substantial splash in what would be his first full NHL season. Otherwise, Smith-Pelly could be in for a blockbuster campaign.New York Islanders: Rookie center Mathew Barzal remains a strong candidate to make the Islanders out of camp. With Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) out for the foreseeable future, the 19-year-old also might secure himself the third-line centers gig, along with valuable power-play minutes. Chosen 16th overall in 2015, Barzal racked up 88 points in 58 games with the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds last season.New York Rangers: Young forward Pavel Buchnevich is fighting hard for an NHL job in his first season in North America. If he succeeds, the 21-year-old KHL export can be expected to challenge Harvard product Jimmy Vesey for a gig among the Rangers top-six corps of forwards.Ottawa Senators: Updating the injured status of Mark Stone (concussion), the Senators top-line forward is expected back in the lineup soon. The 24-year-old followed up a breakout performance in 2014-15 with 61 points in 75 games this past season. Theres always some concern when it comes to concussions, but feel confident in drafting Stone.Philadelphia Flyers: Montreals Mikhail Sergachev isnt the only Russian teen projected to earn a spot on an NHL blue line in his first pro season. Flyers prospect Ivan Provorov has likely done enough to carve out a regular role for himself with the Flyers in 2016-17. Drafted seventh overall in 2015, the 19-year-old collected 73 points with the WHL Brandon Wheat Kings last season. Fantasy owners should note that a top-four role isnt out of reach for Provorov if he adapts quickly.Pittsburgh Penguins: Looks like 21-year-old Tristan Jarry will be tasked with providing relief if Marc-Andre Fleury falters between the pipes to start this season. With Matt Murray (thumb injury) out for a period of weeks, Jarry should get an opportunity or two to strut his stuff and impress the Pens coaching staff; you know, much like Murray did this past spring.San Jose Sharks: Anyone doubting goaltender Martin Jones ability to adequately follow up last seasons effective play with much of the same should know that an untested Aaron Dell -- 27 years old without a single NHL appearance to his name -- is penciled in as San Joses No. 2. But also realize Jones hasnt exhibited any indication of stumbling in his second full season as the go-to starter, either.St. Louis Blues: St. Louis top six is taking shape without Jaden Schwartz, whos out approximately four weeks with an elbow injury. Standouts worth mentioning for fantasy owners include prodigal Blue David Perron on a line with Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko, and sophomore Robby Fabbri flanking center Paul Stastny and Alexander Steen.Tampa Bay Lightning: We can probably rule out an offer sheet for Nikita Kucherov -- as noted by Craig Button -- considering the cost. And while the restricted free agent remains in need of a fresh deal, both sides have expressed the desire to make it happen. Hopefully for Lightning fans and Kucherovs fantasy owners, the process doesnt drag on too long.Toronto Maple Leafs: Despite Thursdays poor preseason result -- a 6-1 loss to the Canadiens -- 2015 first-round pick Mitchell Marner (fourth overall) is expected to get a taste of NHL action to begin the campaign. And TSN analyst Ray Ferraro recently suggested Leafs fans (and obviously, fantasy owners) should feel excited about Marners prospects, particularly if he remains on the wing alongside 2016 No. 1 pick Auston Matthews.Vancouver Canucks: Swedish league export Anton Rodin is eyeing a lineup spot on opening night after an impressive camp with the Canucks. Considering Vancouvers lack of depth up front -- and that Rodin averaged more than a point per game in an injury-shortened 2015-16 season -- the 25-year-old is a viable option to slide in among the top six.Washington Capitals: Nursing a lower-body injury, versatile forward Marcus Johansson is still going to need a little bit of time before returning to competitive action. Whether a little bit stretches into the regular season or not remains to be seen, but the issue doesnt appear all that serious. Often underrated as a fantasy asset in deeper leagues, the power-play performer scored 17 goals and 29 assists in 74 games last season.Winnipeg Jets: With Ondrej Pavelec, Connor Hellebuyck, and Michael Hutchinson vying for the starters job in Winnipeg, fantasy owners are advised to steer clear of the Jets goaltending fray until further notice. If insisting on gambling on one of the three, Hellebuyck seems to be the marginal front-runner for the job, and is certainly the most valuable from a long-term perspective. In other Jets news, restricted free-agent defenseman Jacob Trouba remains unhappily tethered to Winnipeg, despite publicly asking for a trade. 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