BISD Student Qualifies and Competes in National Barrel Racing Competition

BISD Student Qualifies and Competes in National Barrel Racing Competition
Posted on 12/21/2017
This is the image for the news article titled BISD Student Qualifies and Competes in National Barrel Racing CompetitionKyla Casey, seventh grader at Lake Jackson Intermediate, was one of 60 cowgirls age 11 & under from across the nation to compete at the Jr National Finals Rodeo (Jr NFR) December 12-16 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is held in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), the sport’s grand finale.

Kyla, now 2X qualifier for the Jr NFR, received 8th place out of 60 competitors in the first go around with a run of 14.316 and although she improved her time in the second go around by .127 seconds running a 14.189, she had a little tough luck when she caught the second barrel knocking it over which knocked her out of the average.

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“The Jr NFR Barrel Race is one of the most prestigious youth western events in the country and only the top qualifiers have earned the right to compete. These kids come from all across the country, Mexico and Australia,” said Kelly Kaminski, two-time world champion barrel racer in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.

Each cowgirl was competing not only for the Jr World Champion title but for the chance to win an Exiss Horse Trailer and over $130,000 in cash and prizes. The World Champion also earns a qualifying spot in The American Semifinals next February in Fort Worth where they have the opportunity to run for $1,000,000.

While in Vegas, Kyla kept a very busy schedule while trying her best to keep up with her school work. She had official autograph sessions, where she signed autographs for fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center and received her back number #82 on the Wrangler stage during the official back number presentation. She met with her current and potential sponsors, all while feeding, grooming and exercising her horses to keep them in top shape for the competition. Kyla also got to meet a few of her very own rodeo heroes and some of the most famous barrel racers in the industry.

 Kyla Signing Autographs JrNFR 2017  Kyla & Sharon Camarillo JrNFR 2017 Kyla and Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi JrNFR 2017 Kyla & Kimmie Wall JrNFR 2017 Kyla & Sarah Rose McDonald JrNFR 2017 Kyla & Martha Josey JrNFR 2017

Kyla says, “Yes it is a competition, kind of like the Super Bowl of rodeo, but it was also a chance of a lifetime, a dream come true for any barrel racer to make the NFR, even though it is the Jr NFR and it’s an experience I’ll never forget. I’m very proud of my horses and what we have accomplished this year. We are making history!”

BISD is proud of Kyla’s dedication and hard work. We look forward to seeing her at nationals again next year!
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