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Mary Walker and her bay Dash For Perks gelding, Perculatin (“Latte”), are now two for two at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, taking place Dec. 6-15 in Las Vegas, Nev. Walker didn’t disappoint her growing fan base when she ran in the 11th position on the ground to post a rapid 13.80 and add another $18,257 to her ballooning Women’s Professional Rodeo Association season earnings. Over 17,781 fans were in attendance at the Thomas & Mack Center to witness the continuation of Walker’s dominance.

It all comes down to this, the culmination of the futurity and derby year for the youngest generations of barrel horses. Of the hundreds of runs made in Oklahoma City’s Jim Norick Coliseum over the course of the week, 50 futurity horses, 10 futurity amateur riders, 20 derby horses, and five derby amateur riders made it back to Saturday’s finals of the Barrel Futurities of America World Championships show. The running order and fastest qualifying times are as follows:

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As the 2012 Barrel Futurities of America World Championships show continues at the Oklahoma State Fair Arena, young horses and talented trainers are pushing the limits like never before. On two of her 10 head of horses entered in Oklahoma City, Kassie Mowry topped both the first round of the juvenile and the second round of the futurity. Peyton Glenn won the second qualifying round of the derby on Charles and Nita Brock’s Danita Design in a smoking 15.349 seconds. Jennifer Barron set the pace in the open race, winning the 1D with a time of 15.357 on VF Firin Red.

The 2012 Barrel Futurities of America World Championships kicked off on Tuesday, Dec. 1 with the first go of the futurity. Sharin Hall set the pace early in the morning with a time of 15.297 on Christian Chaney’s Cartels Fame, to be bumped only by Brett Monroe on RLJ High Intedsity, owned by Homer Beasley, with a time of 15.207. Lorie Diodosio topped the 2D on Frenchmans Colours, owned by Joe and Carla Spitz, with a time of 16.207 seconds. Blake Monroe finished second in the second division on Darren Scholl’s Snipit in 16.223 seconds.

In the December issue of Barrel Horse News, we featured an up-close-and-personal look at the 15 gold buckle contenders who will make their way to the famed Thomas & Mack Center Arena for the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Here, read some exciting bonus material from our interviews and be sure and pick up the December BHN for an in-depth preview of all 15 riders, as well as exclusive details on the owners, breeders and famous pedigrees of their equine partners.