Hancock County woman wins barrel horse racing state championship - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Hancock County woman wins barrel horse racing state championships

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The competition heated up in its final day of the National Barrel Horse Association's State Championships.  A few hundred riders of all ages from all across Mississippi gathered for the three day event at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center.

"I'm really competitive.  Every year it is fun to get out here, compete, try to win a little money and run the fastest time," said 18 year old Shelton Hadley of Port Gibson.

"You actually are making a clover leaf. You have to go around each barrel and then the fastest back, obviously it is a speed event," said event director Billy Webb.

309 competitors tried to beat the clock.  That was a smaller turn out from last year.  Organizers place some of the blame on high gas prices.

"Our dates changed this year. I don't know if that hurt us a little bit, the economy of course, diesel fuel and everything else," said Webb.

Several people took home prizes, but Felicia Necaise of Hancock County grabbed first place in Division 1 with a time of 14.3 seconds.

"Before I could walk I've been on a horse," said Necaise.  "I know if it weren't for my dad, my mom and my sister there's no way this could have happened.  They are my support group and couldn't do it without them"

Necaise and others will be competing next weekend back at the All American Youth Barrel Race at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.

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