Barrel racing youth world championships in Perry | News
Young people from countries all around the world including Italy, Hungary and France are competing in the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championship.
"A timed event, they go in a clover-leaf pattern, just around three barrels. I mean it's as simple as that. Don't knock a barrel down, because if you do, it is all over," said Executive Director Sherry Fulmer.
Jaime Caballero, 17, made the trek from Panama. "I love horses, I love riding since I was little, so I like it. It's another way to, I don't know, feel wild, feel adrenaline," he said.
The clock is the judge and the faster you go the better. Fulmer said competitors can win more than $300,000 in cash and prizes. "But what they really all wanna walk away with from here is that world championship buckle," she said.
Cowgirl Shaylah Lucero, from Colorado, has been riding since she was five. "It's a lot of excitement, you get a really big adrenaline rush, you get really nervous because you don't know if you're gonna hit a barrel, you don't know how it's gonna go." said Lucero.
Barrel racing isn't for the faint of heart. "Whenever you fall or hit a barrel, it really hurts and you get lots of bruises. Sometimes they'll get hurt, she's hurt her legs, she's got a broken tooth," said Lucero.
For Tom Harvey racing is a family affair. He's here to cheer on his granddaughter Taylor. "She ran the other night and had a real good run. You can't express the words that it means to you, ya know? I get tears in my eyes," said Harvey.
Although contestants are in it to win it, if Caballero doesn't walk away on top, he said he still leaves with something. "I win experience and it's such a good way to meet people," said Caballero.
The event runs through Saturday at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.
There's more information on the National Barrel Horse Association website.