Barrel racing a team sport in more ways than one

FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. (KBSI) – A horse and its rider are very much a team.

“You have a 1,200-pound animal underneath you that doesn’t always want to cooperate,” Madison County Saddle Club Secretary Samantha Peters said. “But most of the time, when they don’t want to cooperate, they are telling you something’s wrong somewhere, or that you’re not doing it right.”

Speaking of teams, Samantha and Hailey Peters make a pretty good one, as well.

At their beginner barrel racing clinic at the Madison County Saddle Club on Sunday, the mother-daughter duo showed young riders the ropes.

“I really thought that, ‘Hey, if I have this knowledge, I need to share it with other people also. I may not be a professional, but I can help others,’” Hailey Peters said.

Samantha’s advice? Smooth is fast.

“If it looks rough, it’s probably not fast, so you start slow,” she said. “Always start slow and perfect everything at the slow speed, and everything smooths out, and smooth is fast.”

A mother-daughter connection is a powerful one, and so is the bond between a rider and their horse.

“Doing this with my mom is a blessing, honestly,” Hailey Peters said. “Without her, I wouldn’t be standing here talking to you. I probably wouldn’t know what I was talking about. I am very blessed and fortunate to be able to do this.”

“It’s really about these kids. They are our future, so we want to see them treat the horses right,” Samantha Peters said. “That’s the main thing. Our horses tell us so much, and if we listen to them and treat them well, they will give us their hearts.”

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