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Youth barrel racing returns to fairgrounds


Giddyup! Barrel racing is back at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.

"It's a big family sport," says Mike Dameron, the event coordinator. "And I'm going to tell you something about barrel racing, because barrel racing is growing bigger, bigger, bigger all the time."

Thursday, kids got a chance to compete against the clock to earn a piece of the roughly $175,000 that will be given out this weekend.

"The adrenaline rush and just getting together with your horse," says Charidy Williams of Jackson. "It's a different language."

"Just so much excitement. There's always something different, it's never the same thing," says Kalie Rutledge from Perry. "You make or break your barrel race in the chute. It all starts there. You're starting in there, so you have to keep them all collected in the beginning."

"There is a big relationship between them," says Dameron. "That's where the good horses and the good riders get."

Mary Beth Williams traveled from Blountstown, Fla. to compete with her horse, Maddie.

"Well, it's good to know that your horse is going to get in there and work for you, and you can just trust her."

"I can sit and watch it every day, day in and day out," says Dameron. "Just great folks, you become a family. You become a family."

Races continue Friday and Saturday starting at 8 AM.

Admission for spectators is free.


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