JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – Before they're officially off to the races, kids in town for the youth barrel horse competition had a day of fun at the fairgrounds Sunday.
The National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships begin Monday at the Mississippi Coliseum.
Sunday dozens of youngster participated in the Frisbee toss for cash and prizes.
More than 1,800 will compete in the annual invitation only event.
Kids from across the United States, Australia, Canada, Italy and Panama are putting their skills to the test in barrel racing.
Prizes ranging from cash to trophy saddles, trailers and buckles are up for grabs.
"Barrel racing is one of the easiest hose events yet it's the hardest horse event. It's a timed event around three barrels so there's no judge. So you don't need a whole lot to do it, but what you do need is a horse with some spirit and a rider that can ride really well," said NBHA Executive Director Sherry Fulmer.
The 2010 championships start Monday and continue through Saturday.
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