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Trophy rider: Cottage Grove 4-H'er to lead group at state competition

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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.

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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.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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