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November 7-22, 2014, Oklahoma City

Amateur Barrel Racing

Barrel newbies are taking charge.

2010 AQHA World Championship Show Amateur Barrel Racing World Champion Taylor Langdon and BB Frenchgirl

Taylor Langdon and BB Frenchgirl

Taylor Langdon and her horse BB Frenchgirl are just getting started in amateur barrel racing.

It was Taylor’s first year qualifying for the AQHA World Championship Show and “Frenchie’s” first year running. Not only did this newly matched team qualify to compete, they were able to take home the gold November 9.

Even though Taylor and Frenchie looked confident in the pen with a clean run, they had a late start getting ready to compete today.

“I was not quite prepared today,” Taylor said. “We thought it was going to go a little bit later, but I warmed her up as best as I could and just trusted her. She definitely took care of me.”

Taylor was leading the class going into the finals after her 16.858 run in the preliminary, and she was able to ride Frenchie to a victory with the fastest time of 16.629 in the finals for a total of 33.487.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Taylor claimed reserve world champion in the senior barrel racing aboard Frenchie, just behind Addison Waddell riding Wrapit N Snapit DC.

Taylor started working with her 6-year-old mare at the end of January and has been training Frenchie on her own ever since.

“Emily Blunt got me qualified for (the World Show); I wouldn’t be here without her.”

Frenchie and Taylor are leading the southwest region for the Texas Tech University college rodeo team.

The two of them won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

“She’s just a baby and is absolutely phenomenal,” Taylor said. “Now we are just trying to get her seasoned.”