Eighth-Grader Rides To Barrel Fame

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Amber Marshall is developing into one of the Rim country's most promising young barrel racers.

Her most recent accomplishments were chalked up Feb. 7 and 8 during an America West Association competition at the Apache Gold indoor arena in San Carlos.

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Amber Marshall and her horse A.J. have been successful on the teenage barrel racing circuit. The pair's most recent win was at a barrel racing event held in San Carlos.

During the first day's events, the Rim Country Middle school eighth-grader rode her way to a gold-medal youth division finish. The following day, Marshall earned second place in the youth division and third in the youth novice competition.

Marshall rode her 9-year-old horse, A.J., during the two-day competition. She received $209 in prize money, a Gist-brand championship buckle and a hand-tooled head stall.

In addition to her showings on the America West Association circuit, Marshall was an age group champion in the Payson Parks and Recreation-sponsored barrel racing series last summer.

She is sponsored by Hashknife Feed & Tack and Unlimited Outfitters

"I want to thank them for all they do for me," she said.

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