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Women saddle up for barrel racing in Craig

Riding in the Rockies series continues through summer

Trista Linsacum, of Fruita, and Whole Lotta Axtion spray some dirt while rounding a corner during the Tri-State Barrel Racing Classic Saturday at Moffat County Fairgrounds. More than 100 women of all ages competed the event, open to riders from Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.

The 14th annual Tri-State Barrel Racing Classic presented by Racing in the Rockies featured 102 entries as women of all ages brought their horses to the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig this weekend.

Tearing through the fairgrounds arena at top speed with their hooved companions, riders honed their equestrian skills while competing for a purse of more than $2,000.

Riders from Northwest Colorado represented Craig, Steamboat Springs, Yampa and Meeker, while still more came in from Grand Junction, Evergreen, Montrose and other parts of the state, as well as Utah and Wyoming.

Terri Gold, producer for Racing in the Rockies, said it was a good turnout though about half the size of last year, likely due to many other horse and rodeo events happening this time of year.

"I'd like to thank the Moffat County Fairgrounds for having us," she said. "Bill Sixkiller does a great job maintaining the grounds. We love coming here to Craig because everything is always in order."

Riders competed in the peewee, youth, senior, novice and open categories, with the big payouts going to those in the open class. Haley Scherer, of Steamboat Springs, won considerably Saturday, teaming with three different steeds, one of which, Major Hot Streak, won the entire day at a breakneck time of 17.711 seconds in the arena.

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Craig sisters Kayla and Quinn Pinnt were both in the youth class, sharing their horse, Santana Angel, while Kayla also rode in the novice event on Convincing Rita.

A shaky day Friday got better for the siblings Saturday. The two agreed riding at home makes things easier.

"My horse already knows what it's like, and I have my family here," Kayla said.

The sisters are spending much of the summer attending rodeo events, hoping to compete on the rodeo team for Moffat County High School this fall — Kayla will be a senior, Quinn a freshman — though riding the full year will be tricky, since they both play basketball in the winter and run track in the spring.

The Tri-State Classic is the midway point for this summer's Racing in the Rockies series, which next moves on to the Garfield County Fairgrounds July 18 and 19 in Rifle, then Mesa County Fairgrounds Aug. 29 and 30 in Grand Junction, then hosting the finals Sept. 19 and 20 in Rifle.

"We'll be awarding a lot of championship buckles and saddles for that," Gold said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

— For more information on the 2015 Racing in the Rockies series results, visit ridingintherockies.com.