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Baynard rides hard in Youth World Championship

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Madison Baynard, of Chiefland, competed recently at the 2014 NBHA Youth World Championships in Perry, Ga. This invitation-only event is the largest youth barrel race in the world.

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The NBHA Youth World participants numbered over 1,100 in the Teen Division (13 and over) and approximately 800 participants in the Youth Division (12 and under). The contestants ran for over $300,000 in cash and prizes. Prizes included 4-Star Trailers, Alamo Champion saddles, Gist buckles, Drysdales Championship gear bags, Tony Lama boots and many other prizes.

Contestants came from over 36 states, Canada, Italy, Panama, France and Australia. Contestants must qualify each year in their respective states to compete in the NBHA Youth World Championships and are the finest youth equine athletes in the world. They qualify on a local level by competing at NBHA sanctioned shows or they can win a “wildcard” at NBHA National Shows, Super Shows and State Show events.

Baynard’s list of accomplishments include:

2009 – Reserve Champion Speed Series, Dixie Horseman’s Assoc. where she earned a belt buckle and became a member of the Levy County Horse Club.

2010 – Grand Champion Speed Series and earned a saddle at the Dixie Horsemean’s Assoc.

2011 – Reserve Champion Speed Division, Suwannee River Fair earned Belt Buckle and Trophy. Also, Dixie County Horseman’s Assoc. competed and won Rodeo Princess Pageant and earned a crown, sash, belt buckle and trophy.

2012 – Grand Champion Speed Division, Suwannee River Fair where she earned a belt buckle and trophy; showmanship winner at the Suwannee River Fair where she earned a belt buckle, and she became a member of NBHA FL 08.

2013 – Grand Champion Pleasure Division and earned a trophy and belt buckle at the Suwannee River Fair and became a member of the youth AQHA (American Quarter Horse Assoc.) and went to the NBHA Florida State Show where she qualified for and attended NBHA Youth World Championships.

2014 - Qualified for three spots at the NBHA Youth World Championships. Attended Youth World Champion-ships using two spots and was the Most Improved Rider at the End of the Trail where she earned a trophy.

Baynard also maintained a 4.0 GPA, earned all “5s” on the FCAT and was the only seventh grader to have a perfect score on the English portion of the FCAT at Chiefland Middle/High School this year.

The National Barrel Horse Association is based in Augusta, Ga. and has members in every state and on five continents. It is known to be the most innovative barrel racing business in the industry and is credited with introducing the divisional concept to barrel racing.