Several local equestrians recently competed at the 2013 National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships held in Perry, Ga. Liberty Wright and Abbey Hutchinson, both of Polkton, Betsy Sellers, of Chesterfield, S.C., Brianna Gerald, of Rockingham, and Kate Ingram and Marci Sessions, of Wadesboro, all competed. Pam Helms, of Ruby, S.C., trained all of the girls.
The National Barrel Horse Association Youth World participants numbered over 1,000 in the teen division (13 and over) and approximately 700 in the youth division (12 and under). The contestants ran for over $200,000 in cash and prizes. Prizes included 4 Star Trailers, Cactus Championship saddles, Gist buckles, Drysdales Championship Vests, Tony Llama boots, and many other prizes.
Contestants came from over 36 states, Canada, Italy, Panama, Brazil, France, Puerto Rico, Mexico 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 shows, NBHA National shows, Super shows, or state show events.
The NBHA is based in Augusta, Ga., and has members in every state and in five continents. It is known to be the most innovative barrel racing business in the industry and is credited with introducing the divisional concept to barrel racing.
The ultimate goal of NBHA competitions is to qualify for the prestigious NBHA World Championships Final Round on Saturday and three local girls did just that. Sessions (Wadesboro) was a finalist in the teen division while Ingram (Wadesboro) and Wright (Polkton) were finalists in the youth division. Congratulations, girls, for representing Anson County well in the NBHA Youth World Championship.