Rodeo rising star to hit USA

Cressy’s Casey Sanders, 17, has qualified for the National Barrel Racing Association’s Youth World Championships in Georgia, USA, in July. She switched to barrel racing from dressage about four years ago. PHOTO: Steve Reed.

Switching disciplines in the equine arena is paying dividends for Cressy teen Casey Sanders.

Sanders, 17, has been riding horses since she was 6, and originally competed in dressage competitions.

But the teen switched disciplines to compete in barrel racing about four years ago, and the move is paying off.

Sanders has qualified for the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships at Georgia National Fairgrounds in the United States this July.

“Pretty much, we go in a clover leaf pattern around three drums as fast as we can,” Sanders said.

“For years I was actually a dressage rider, which is a totally different discipline, and then I think I found out about barrel racing and I just wanted to change.

“I bred and raised my horse and trained myself and my horse at the same time, and then just over the years you kind of meet people at rodeos and they give you a few tips.”

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