Trophy rider: Cottage Grove 4-H'er to lead group at state competition
Good barrel racers have to be fearless.
Halle Sterling, who will lead the Washington County horseback riders into the ring for state competition this weekend, gets “super nervous” before a barrel race. She has to calm down before mounting her horse, J, because he will feel her anxiety.
Sterling senses when J is ready to race and lets him go by signaling him with her reins and the pressure in her legs that the race on.