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Gympie's barrel racing girls head to America for worlds

TALENTED COWGIRLS: Tayla Bright and Jaylee Friske.
TALENTED COWGIRLS: Tayla Bright and Jaylee Friske. Craig Warhurst

TWO Gympie girls will travel to Perry, Georgia in America from July 19-25 to compete in the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships.

Jaylee Friske and Tayla Bright will leave for America today and tomorrow to begin training before competing the following weekend.

The pair has been riding more frequently in the lead-up to the championships, making sure to ride on multiple horses as the American trained horses will be faster.

To reach this level of competition, both girls rode in as many barrel racing events as they could from Gunalda to Bundaberg gathering points last year to place in the top five competitors.

Although the girls qualified for the world championships, they also received wild cards to the worlds after competing in the NBHA state championships in October last year.

"We decided to use our points and save the wild cards until we are older because they are valid until we are 19," Friske said.

This will be the girls first time at a world championship event with Bright flying for the first time.

There will be 1100 riders competing in the teams event, for which the girls have qualified.

She said there were six other girls going as part of the largest contingent of Australians to date.

Both born and bred, Friske and Bright have been riding from a young age, collecting valuable experience.

Friske starting when she was little more than three-years-old after being brought up around the sport with a cousin who will have competed six years in a row in the states this year.

She began barrel racing when she was nine or 10 and trained her first barrel racing horse in 2013.

Bright, meanwhile, not only competes in barrel racing but also camp drafting, and started with novelty events before picking up barrel racing also at age about 10.

Topics:  barrel racing horse riding

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