Due to hazardous storms and loss of electricity on Thursday, July 23, the NBHA staff made the decision to postpone the second round and continue Friday, July 24. A total of 1,107 teen contestants tried their hand at winning go round paychecks and earning a qualification to the finals round. The day was filled with fast horses and fierce competitors. However, only 188 were allowed to punch their ticket to Saturday’s finals.
As the last horse ran and the announcer gave the official announcement that round two had ended the crowd inside the Georgia National Fairgrounds made a mad dash for the entrance, where round two results would be posted and most importantly the list of finals qualifiers.
Hundreds of teenagers and parents gathered and waited at the entrance of the arena for the NBHA staff to bring the official results and qualification list to be posted for all to see. When the sheets were finally posted the room was filled with shouts of excitement and tears of disappointment as contestants learned of either a ticket to the finals or the disappointing end to their NBHA Youth World Championship experience.
There was one contestant, however, who instead of waiting anxiously for validation could return to her trailer and tend to her horses without fear of slipping through the cracks. Allie Chouest, Cut Off, La., placed first and second in round two of the teen race aboard VF Sporty Design with a smoking time of 14.758, and Buddy Rose with a time 14.794. Along with these two horses Chouest also earned qualifications to the finals round riding Briscoscangetit and PLJ High Intedsity.
In the second division Skylar Stokes riding Reds Money Talks earned top honors in the second round. The 3D round winner was Sydney Chapman riding Leos Hancock Dixon with a time of 15.758, followed by the 4D winner, Taylor Elliot aboard Intimidator Choctaw with a time of 16.259. The fifth division second round winners were Amber Vinson and Spin The Dollar with a 16.763.
The Youth division also earned round paychecks and qualifications to the finals round, with Michael Duffie riding ReClaim Fame to the 1D first place check. The duo from Williamston, S.C., stopped the clock in 14.771 seconds to earn $1,316. The 2D winner was Rachel McCormick riding Kota Lena Rose with a time of 15.271. The 3D winner was Shelby Spencer riding Flits Smokin Gun with a 15.776. In the fourth division Laney Huddleston and Jodies Best earned the top spot with a time of 16.271 and the fifth division round champs were Morgan Weaver and Bravo with a time of 16.772.
Today, July 25, the finals round begins with the top 136 youth entries, followed by the teen competitors. When the dust settles in Perry, Ga., 10 champions will be crowned as NBHA Youth World Champions in their respected age groups and divisions.
For the full list of results and qualifications for both the youth and the teen visit nbha.com or their Facebook page. Be sure to watch for finals updates from Barrel Horse News and barrelhorsenews.com for results.