The Turning & The Burning:

DSC_0664 DSC_0667 DSC_0670Barrel racing has always been a passion of mine. The wind ripping through your hair, the sideways motion of the horses body during turn, the red dirt plying, and clock ticking by the sixteen seconds. It’s an adrenaline rush, the sport that made your mother so nervous when you were younger, and it’s the absolute fluid movement that combines you and an animal you’d give up most in your world for.

The story of how I started racing isn’t that interesting, nor is the fact that I quit my first few years of college for studying. What is interesting is that my sport is one that is unknown to most the world, it’s a minor section of western horseback riding that most people who aren’t into horses have never even heard about. I get “you race horses? Like a jockey?” and I most certainly do not ride anything like a jockey.

This is off the topic of my normal posting, but I thought I’d give you an insight to an incredible world full of very kind hearted people. I thought, since this blog is titled Anna Down South, I might show some of my very southern hobbies. So here is a link that explains barrel racing, a sport that was originally created for bad ass women and bad ass women alone.

3 thoughts on “The Turning & The Burning:

  1. I have spent a year in Iraq, worked in law enforcement, was in the Army for 13 years so I don’t think of myself as a wimp but I can tell you I am petrified of riding a horse. So I am throwing you out a ton of respect. The photos show courage and control.
    As a side note, if you like riding a horse, I would put money on the fact that you would love to ride motorcycling. Get a cycle and ride that two wheeled horse whenever you want!

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