Planet's Best Barrel Riders Visit Perry

9:33 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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The best barrel racers on the planet are in Perry this weekend for the Youth World Championships.

They've got 1,200 cowboys and cowgirls running the course. Some have even come from Australia, France and Mexico.

A matter of inches can make or break a rider.  The goal is to gallop out of the gate, and get around three barrels without knocking one down.  The person with the best time wins.  Riders get two tries to nail down the best ride.

Len Carter is with the NBHA and says the kids get wide-eyed when they come through the gate for the first time.

"A lot of these kids have never been in an arena this size a lot of them are working out of their backyards or outdoor pens," Carter said.

He went on to explain the strategy.

"You've got to make sure you're managing that horse around that barrel so it doesn't slide out on you, Carter explained. The further out you are from the barrel the lower your times going to be. You want to take the paint off the barrel without knocking it down, that's what you really want to do."

The finals happen Saturday at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.

If you would like to check it out it will cost you $10.

10 Champions will get a saddle, a Gist silver smith buckle and a horse trailer.


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