About 50 aspiring barrel racers 7 to 60 years old turned out Saturday at the Payson Event Center for a National Barrel Horse Association-sponsored clinic.
NBHA District II Director Suzanne Barnes of Scottsdale conducted the clinic.
"The turnout was bigger than I usually handle," she said. "I usually cap them at 35 (riders) but we managed okay with the bigger numbers."
During the almost five-hour session, Barnes tutored the racers one-on-one and in a group session.
Following the clinic, a 4D barrel racing competition was held in which Chancey Brown posted the best time of the day. Riding her quarterhorse RC, Brown was clocked in at 18:42.
In 4D barrel racing, the competitors are grouped into four divisions based on their times. Having four divisions levels the playing field for the competitor.
"The motto of NBHA is ‘where beginners can be winners,'" Barnes said. "We make it fair and fun for everyone."
In the Payson competition, Lindi Parker rode Mazie to the 3D crown in 19:508. Sami Novak finished second aboard Tigger (19:828). The 4D title was claimed by Amber Marshall aboard AJ. She was clocked in 20:538. Jordan Runzo took second in the division by riding Willow to a time of 20.870.
There was no 2D champion or runner-up.
The NBHA is slated to return to the Payson Event Center Aug. 28 for another barrel racing competition.
For more information, call Barnes at (602) 787-7244 or Charlene Hunt at (602) 474-5242, ext 7.