A love of barrel racing has built a bond between teenagers Amber Marshall and Sami Novak.
Following a Nov. 27 and 28 competition at Apache Gold Casino indoor arena in San Carlos, the two praised one another for their accomplishments.
"I want to thank my good friend (Sami) for her motivation before I ran," Marshall said. "It was really fun being there with her."
Novak was equally as appreciative of Marshall's friendship and encouragement.
During the first day of the competition, 14-year-old Marshall took first in the 2D pole bending with a time of 23.92. For her win, she pocketed $50 in prize money.
On the second day, Marshall rode her horse AJ to second in the 4D barrel racing and won $192.
Novak, 15, was first in the 2D barrel racing (16:17) on opening day and was awarded $156. The following day, she won the 4D open barrel racing in 16:92. For the victory, which was chalked up aboard her 21-year-old horse, Tigger, she earned $257.
Novak thanked Danny and Debbie Haught for giving her the horse; and her employer, John Kirschbaum at El Rancho Restaurant for time off work.
Marshall is sponsored by Hashknife Feed and Tack and Unlimited Outfitters.