Sydney Henderson, 12, of Covington won the 2014 National Barrel Horse Association Youth (NBHA) World Championships fourth division in Perry, Georgia that were held between July 19 - 26.
Henderson, a seventh grade student attending Indian Creek Middle School, has won multiple prizes. Henderson’s horse, "Ain’t She A Beauty," also known as Maggie, is 22 years old.
The competition is an invitation-only event and the largest youth barrel race in the world with almost 2,000 participants (1,100 in the teen division and 800 in the youth division). The teen division is comprised of teens 13 and over and the youth division is made of participants 12 and under.
Prizes range from over $300,000 in cash and include four-star trailers, Alamo Champion saddles, gist buckles, Drysdales Championship gear bags, Tony Lama boots and more.
Contestants hailed from over 36 states, and five different countries including Canada, Italy, Panama, France and Australia. In order to qualify for the world championships, participants must qualify each year in their respective states to compete in the NBHA Youth World Championships.
The NBHA is based in Augusta, Georgia.