The 2022 National Barrel Horse Association Youth and Teen World Championships kicked off July 23, in Perry, Georgia. Stay tuned with Barrel Horse News Magazine for updates, results and more.
Noah Mills Wins NBHA 1D Teen World Championship
(Saturday, July 30, 2022) — Noah Mills from Opelika, Alabama, turned in a smoldering 14.644 to clinch the 1D victory in Saturday’s NBHA Teen World Championships short go. Mills won the title aboard 2015 gelding DC Doubleshotofvodka—an off-the-track Quarter Horse purchased by Mills’ family three years ago.
Mills says the path that has led him to a world championship title has been anything but easy.
“A couple times we saw a slight glimpse of “Deuce’s” potential—we knew he was really athletic, but I had a lot of headaches bringing this horse along,” Mills said with a laugh. “It’s very rewarding to come through the valleys and have him take home a win like this.”
2D—Aubrey Smith clocked a 15.149 aboard Money Beea Blazin to win the 2D, worth $2,683
3D—Isabella O’Neal and Rowdy Blue Lilly won the 3D and $2,333 with a time of 15.650
4D—Kara Smith turned in a 16.150 aboard Magnolias TC San Man to win the 4D, worth $1,983.
5D—Sabrina Pettet and “Pistol” clocked a 16.648, bringing home the 5D championship and $1,633.
Braia Vogel Takes Home NBHA 1D Youth World Championship
(Saturday, July 30, 2022) — The 2022 NBHA Youth & Teen World Championships concluded July 30 by crowning five new youth world champion barrel racers. Braia Vogel of Circleville, Ohio, topped the 1D with a 14.900 aboard Frenchies Single Guy, winning the coveted 1D championship title and $1,796.
2D—Josie Thompson and TFstreakinfirewater won the 2D with a time of 15.400, worth $1,589. Thompson was also the highest money-earner for the week, bringing home more than $10,000.
3D—Leah Walthour and 21-year-old gelding Dreamers Tiny Leo took home the 3D championship and $1,382.
4D—Anna Lynn Hartless clinched the 4D win aboard Missle A Smoking with a time of 16.424, worth $1,175
5D—Adysen Arrowood rounded out the divisional winners, winning the 5D championship and $967 with a time of 16.928 aboard Lucky Lexi.
Lily Verhoven Wins Round 2 at NBHA Teen World Championships
(Friday, July 29, 2022) — Lily Verhoven topped the Reaves Arena leaderboard at the conclusion of Round 2 of the NBHA Teen World Championships with the fastest time of the qualifying rounds. The 18-year-old from Dawsonville, Georgia, turned in a 14.592 aboard Digarun, a 2012 gelding by Tres Seis and out of Diggin Snow by Royal Evening Snow.
Verhoven says “Woodrow” brings his enthusiasm for his job to every competitive run.
“He really wants to go in there and work,” Verhoven said. “I can feel how much he enjoys what he does—he has the heart for it.”
Josie Thompson Wins Round 2 of Youth at NBHA Youth World Championships
(Thursday, July 28, 2022) — Round 2 of the Youth at the Official NBHA Youth & Teen World Championships concluded Thursday morning, and with a 14.975, Josie Thompson took the win and $1,289 on TF Famous Sparky, a 2015 gelding by Famous Bugs and out of Badger Bars Dance by Zeros Badger Bar.
“Sparky” was bred, raised and trained by the Thompson family. He was futuritied lightly by Josie’s mom, Lacey Thompson, before Josie took the reins during the gelding’s 4-year-old year.
“He’s just an easy horse to run,” Josie shared. “He’s very honest and fast. He’s also sweet, and he’s got a big, goofy personality.”
Regan Henning Takes Round 1 of NBHA Teen World Championships
By Blanche Schaefer
(Tuesday, July 26, 2022) — Regan Henning found herself a go-round winner at the NBHA Teen World Championships thanks to her 2017 gelding Socksnothavinacorona, as the pair clocked a 14.810 to best 1,172 competitors in Round 1 and earn $2,215.
The gelding, who was bred, raised and trained by Joel Henning and family, is by BHR Frenchies Socks and out of Famous Corona by Southern Cartel. “Kronk” was a top horse from the first run of his career, as young rider Regan jockeyed him to an eight-place finish for $10,000 against the top futurity trainers in the business at the 2020 Barrel Futurities of America SuperStakes, a futurity slot race for 3-year-olds making the first competitive runs of their lives.
Henning says she knew early in the gelding’s training that he had all the makings of a winner.
“He was very natural on the barrels from the start—most of them that are going to be that talented seem to be,” Regan shared. “He was clocking in the 1D at our local barrel races by April of his 3-year-old year.”
Interestingly, the second-place horse in Round 1 of the NBHA Teen World Championships was a 3-year-old slot race star as well. VF Leo Stinson, ridden by Cambrie Delaune to a 14.831 for $2,005, won the 2018 BFA SuperStakes for $100,000 with trainer Chris Martin on board for the Delaune family’s Del Farms. The 2015 gelding bred by Victory Farms is by Eddie Stinson and out of Licorice Leotard by Coup De Kas (TB).
Scroll down for links to results and NBHA Youth World Championships live stream.
Molly Kate Garrett Wins Round 1 of NBHA Youth World Championships
(Monday, July 25, 2022) — Molly Kate Garrett rode Frenchmansdashinhigh to the top of Round 1 of the NBHA Youth World Championships with a time of 14.915, worth $1,289. The win doubles as a bittersweet moment for Garrett, who lost friend and barrel racing mentor Linda Gail Stewart exactly two years from the date of her Round 1 victory.
Lyra Honaker and Royal Tully Frost finished second in the 1D in Round 1 of the NBHA Youth World Championships with a time of 14.971.
The NBHA Youth and Teen World Championships continues Tuesday, July 26, with the completion of the Round 1 of the NBHA Teen World Championships.
Samantha Swank Wins 1D Pole Bending Slot Race
By Kailey Sullins
(Saturday, July 23, 2022) — The 2022 National Barrel Horse Association Youth and Teen World Championships kicked off July 23, in Perry, Georgia, with the Pole Bending Slot Race.
Samantha Swank and JD Firewater Redneck (Redneck Jettin Down x Dry Fork Mercedes x KY Finest Firewater) topped the 1D in the Pole Bending Slot Race with a 20.327, worth $1,425.
“He is pretty consistent and he loves his job. He loves poles more than barrels,” Swank said with a laugh. “We got him green-broke as a 4-year-old and then I’ve done all of the work, on poles especially with him. We’ve ran him three years and we’ve only hit two poles.”
The Derry, Pennsylvania resident, also topped the 1D Pole Bending in the 2021 NBHA Youth World. Now, she’s set on picking up more money at Youth World in the barrel racing.
Nina Shirey and Snowy took home the 2D win with a 21.663, worth $865.
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