The "Super Bowl" of youth barrel horse racing is winding down to the finale. On Friday evening, teen competitors in the National Barrel Horse Association youth competition will know if they're headed to the championship on Saturday.
For the past several days the world's top youth horse barrel racers are competing head to head and they've got a significant crowd cheering them on.
Spectator Denise Toperzer's daughter is competing. Toperzer says, "We're here for ten days to compete with the best in the world."
Nearly 1,700 competitors, representing nearly thirty states and three countries are participating.
Barrel racing is a sport requiring the rider to quickly ride around three barrels in just a matter of seconds. Seventeen year-old Tyrney Steinhoff knows a thing or two about the sport.
Steinhoff says, "by two I was doing the barrel pattern and pole pattern all by myself."
Steinhoff has won numerous horse barrel racing world championships. She says it takes heart and will to succeed. "To become a champion you have to be willing to go and pay the price and you have to be able to have a good horse underneath you that you can go in and turn three barrels and know what he's doing or she's doing."
Friday marks the day when many competitors find out if they go onto the championship round on Saturday. Toperzer says, "I can tell you everybody wants to make it to the finals."
Steinhoff will compete for a spot in the finals Friday night. She says it's just another race.
"I just think of it as another barrel run, take away the stands, take away the title and it's just another barrel.
The championships begin at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, July 30th. Money, saddles and a horse trailer are rewarded to the winner. The admission cost is $8. For more information, you can call the Coliseum at 601-961-4000.
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