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Union County Saddle Club Members
Compete at the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) State Championships

Early on Thursday morning, October 1st, 10 members of the Union County Saddle Club left for the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Ga., to compete in the 2015 National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) State Championships. In order to qualify for the four-day event, riders had to participate in at least three district NBHA shows in 2015. Prizes at the state championship included over forty thousand dollars of cash payouts, saddles, buckles, and halters.

During practice runs on Thursday, horses and riders had the opportunity to run in the arena and get a feel for the barrel pattern and the ground. On Friday morning, Saddle Club members competed against 590 other barrel racers from across the state in the first go of the open competition. On Friday night, riders under the age of 19 competed against 283 other racers in the first go of the youth race. The second go for the open was Saturday morning, followed by the second go for the youth Saturday evening. Before the finals on Sunday, there was also a senior race that included 80 riders.

In order to qualify for the open finals on Sunday, a rider had to place in the top 20 in their respective division. The UCSC finals qualifier in the open was Kristen Miller. To qualify for the youth finals on Sunday, a rider had to place in the top 15 in her respective division. Youth qualifiers from UCSC were Alyssa McFarland, Hallie Morris, Ansley Burnette and Adriana Smith. Award winners in the finals were Hallie Morris 3rd in 3D and Larry Chambers 3rd in 2D in the Senior Race.

Union County Saddle Club members participating in the state NBHA Championship included Ansley Burnette, Hannah Carpenter, Vanna Chambers, Sarah Howard, Alyssa McFarland, Madison McFarland, Hallie Morris, Kristen Miller, Adriana Smith, and Larry Chambers. Congratulations to everyone that competed, you did great and represented UCSC well.


As always, proof of a negative Coggins is required at all events.

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Union County Saddle Club
73 Saddle Club Drive
Blairsville, Ga. 30512
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Union County Saddle Club
P.O. Box 2084
Blairsville, Ga. 30514
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