Eighth-Grader Rides To Barrel Fame


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.


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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