Hen­der­son wins at NBHA Youth World Cham­pi­onships

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHAKEEM HOL­LOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

Sydney Hen­der­son, 12, of Cov­ing­ton won the 2014 Na­tional Bar­rel Horse As­so­ci­a­tion Youth (NBHA) World Cham­pi­onships fourth divi­sion in Perry, Ge­or­gia that were held be­tween July 19 - 26.

Hen­der­son, a seventh grade stu­dent at­tend­ing In­dian Creek Mid­dle School, has won mul­ti­ple prizes. Hen­der­son’s horse, "Ain’t She A Beauty," also known as Mag­gie, is 22 years old.

The com­pe­ti­tion is an in­vi­ta­tion-only event and the largest youth bar­rel race in the world with al­most 2,000 par­tic­i­pants (1,100 in the teen divi­sion and 800 in the youth divi­sion). The teen divi­sion is com­prised of teens 13 and over and the youth divi­sion is made of par­tic­i­pants 12 and un­der.

Prizes range from over $300,000 in cash and in­clude four-star trail­ers, Alamo Cham­pion sad­dles, gist buck­les, Drys­dales Cham­pi­onship gear bags, Tony Lama boots and more.

Con­tes­tants hailed from over 36 states, and five dif­fer­ent coun­tries in­clud­ing Canada, Italy, Panama, France and Aus­tralia. In order to qual­ify for the world cham­pi­onships, par­tic­i­pants must qual­ify each year in their re­spec­tive states to com­pete in the NBHA Youth World Cham­pi­onships.

The NBHA is based in Au­gusta, Ge­or­gia.

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