Rounding the barrels
Two Kansas natives missed the barrel during their barrel rides at Kansas Largest Night Rodeos at the Pretty Prairie rodeo on July 14.
Not hitting the barrel is a good thing in barrel racing.
Beau Peterson, of Council Grove, and Amy Long, of Augusta, enjoy being in the saddle and competing at the rodeo.
“I just try to let my horse work like she knows how to,” Peterson said. “I just let her do her thing.”
After the event, Peterson makes sure her horse, Barbie, cools down, gets water and receives a treat.
Peterson, a junior at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, grew up on a ranch and learned to ride as a child. She competes in barrel racing, break away roping and goat tying.
Long, who competes with Bandy, her American Quarter Horse, started riding when she was 5.
“We fell in love,” Long said. “It’s been an incredible partnership.”
For both barrel racers, the camaraderie and competition make the rodeo exciting.
“It’s definitely an adrenaline rush,” Long said. “Nothing much can compare.”