Bar­rel Racer Kristy White show­cases Big Val­ley on world stage

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Terri Huxley

Three-peat Cana­dian Fi­nals Rodeo (CFR) qual­i­fier Kristy White lit up Cal­gary Stam­pede last week with four top plac­ing scores in the women’s bar­rel rac­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Af­ter at­tend­ing the first four days in the ‘A’ pool, White walked away with $15,000 in day money from the Cal­gary Stam­pede this past week­end.

She was elated to rep­re­sent the small vil­lage of Big Val­ley on the world stage, plac­ing third on her first day with 17.42 sec­onds.

“It’s been like a dream week re­ally,” said White. “We had a re­ally good run, I ended up plac­ing in ev­ery round.”

On her second day of the four day com­pe­ti­tion bracket, she placed fourth only to climb into the num­ber three po­si­tion the next day with a 17.54 sec­onds. On her fi­nal day, White placed top dog with a time of 17.33 sec­onds.

“Those are pretty good com­pet­i­tive times on a stan­dard like that and ku­dos to Cal­gary be­cause they kept the ground amaz­ing so it was a very good bar­rel race.”

She cred­its her Cana­dian born and bred horse Racy for per­form­ing so well at the Great est Out­door Show on Earth.

“I raised her and I trained her so it’s nice to show that we are com­pet­i­tive on the world stage like that,” said White. “She’s a life changer. She has so much heart – she’s all heart.”

Due to high qual­i­fi­ca­tions and stiff com­pe­ti­tion, not many Cana­di­ans are rep­re­sented at the world fa­mous rodeo any­more.

“They don’t al­low a lot of Cana­di­ans in there be­cause their qual­i­fi­ca­tions are pretty stiff to get into so it’s just such a grand feel­ing to be able to show­case Canada,” said White. “Those girls that are there are all at the top, they are the top bar­rel rac­ers in the world.”

White moved to Big Val­ley 15 years ago from B.C. and has loved ev­ery second of it. “I love liv­ing here, it’s just amaz­ing,” said White.

White has plans to at­tend the CFR in Ed­mon­ton in Novem­ber. “I got some re­ally nice young horses too so I hope to give Racy a bit of a break and start rid­ing those younger ones,” said White.

As a horse trainer, her main fo­cus has al­ways been horses so dur­ing the win­ter months, White will travel to Ari­zona to con­tinue rid­ing and train­ing through­out the year.

“I pretty much ride every­day.”

Three-peat Cana­dian Fi­nals Rodeo (CFR) qual­i­fier Kristy White lit up Cal­gary Stam­pede last week with four top plac­ing scores in the women’s bar­rel rac­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

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