Saddle Club members Sarah Howard (top left), Vanna Chambers (top right), Ansley Burnette (bottom left), and Alyssa McFarland (bottom right) competed July 19th – 26th, at the 2014 National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships held in Perry, Georgia. This invitation only event is the largest youth barrel race in the world.
The NBHA Youth World participants numbered over 1,100 in the Teen Division (13 and over) and approximately 800 in the Youth Division (12 and under). The contestants ran for over $300,000 in cash and prizes. Prizes included ten 4-Star Horse Trailers, Alamo Champion Saddles, Gist Silversmiths Buckles, Gear Bags, Tony Lama Boots, and many other prizes.
Contestants traveled from over 36 states, Canada, Italy, Panama, France, and Australia. Contestants must qualify each year in their respective states to compete in the NBHA Youth World Championships and are the finest youth equine athletes in the world. They qualify on a local level by competing at NBHA sanctioned events. The Union County Saddle Club hosts two NBHA shows each year.
The National Barrel Horse Association is based in Augusta, Georgia and has members in every state and on 5 continents. Although our girls did not qualify for the finals, we are very proud of them. They rode hard and had a great time all week.
As always, proof of a negative Coggins is required at all events.