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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Sterling cowgirl ready for barrel racing competition

  • Two years ago, Bailey Fehring, 16, of Sterling, Okla., started riding around barrels with a horse that was out grazing in her grandfather's pasture.
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  • Two years ago, Bailey Fehring, 16, of Sterling, Okla., started riding around barrels with a horse that was out grazing in her grandfather's pasture.
    That horse, Copper, now 20 years old, has turned into quite the horse for her in barrel racing competitions.
    "It's probably the best horse I'll ever ride," Fehring said. "She was just a ranch horse."
    Fehring is almost a newcomer to barrel racing and started working with Copper when her cousin started barrel racing.
    But in the past two years, with the help of her cousin and a trainer who has helped her learn, she escalated her skills and placed seventh in barrels at the National High School finals last year, she said.
    This is her first IFYR appearance. And just like any other go, she'll warm up her horse, stretch him well and do her best to get a good time on the ride.
    When she's not running barrels, Fehring keeps busy playing basketball and softball and also shows pigs through FFA.
    She'll be a junior this fall at Sterling High School but hopes to one day to turn her love of animals into a career. She plans to attend OSU and wants to become a large animal vet, she said.

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