Victoria Cousins qualify for NFR Finals in Vegas
Dec. 12, 2017 at 10:33 p.m.
Updated Dec. 12, 2017 at 10:38 p.m.
Barrel racing is a challenging event.
Competitors must steer their horse around three barrels against the clock and are penalized for hitting or knocking over a barrel.
Victoria cousins Natalie and Amy Ohrt did well enough to qualify for the Wrangler Junior National Finals Rodeo scheduled Wednesday through Saturday in Las Vegas.
They will compete in the 11 and under division.
The Ohrts qualified by placing in the top four in a Waco qualifying rodeo.
Amy, 11, took first place in the on her horse Ropers Bar Peppy with a time of 14.934 seconds.
"I like barrel racing because it's a fast event," Amy Ohrt said. "I get to compete with my horses, and I just really like the sport."
This was Amy's second straight year to qualify for the Junior NFR.
She placed third in last year's event.
For winning the Waco qualifier, Amy was awarded a cash prize and a spot in Las Vegas.
"I'm excited for her," said Shelia Ohrt, Amy's mother. "She was third in the average and ran the short time. It's very competitive and I know she can do it."
Natalie Ohrt, 10, placed second on her horse Boogie at the qualifier.
Natalie had a time of 15.139.
In this event, the rider must steer the horse around three barrels.
Natalie described what it's like to prepare for a race.
"I saddle them and put on their boots," Natalie Ohrt said. "We go warm them up, and then we go make a run."
Natalie Ohrt looks forward to joining her cousin in Las Vegas.
"I want to go there and run," Natalie Ohrt said. "I want to hopefully win a round or two, and then make it to the short gun."
The national finals rodeo will also include roping, bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and steer wrestling.