Campbell girls barrell race
Most teenage girls spend their summers shopping at the mall or going to the movies, but Katey and Kyley Campbell of Black Oak spend their summers riding their quarter-horses "Pee-Wee" and "Magic" across the country.
The Campbell sisters, daughters of Riverside Head Coach Buster Campbell and wife Linda, have been racing since they were five years old. Both competed in three competitions over the summer, starting with the first ever Wrangler Junior High National Finals Rodeo in Gallup, NM, July 5-8. The competition featured girls in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Participants came from 30 states and one Canadian Province to compete.
Katey finished 23rd out of 116 participants in barrell racing, just missing out on the finals which feature the top 15 qualifying times. Kyley advanced to the finals by placing 14th after two rounds. In the finals, Kyley placed sixth overall and also had the eighth best overall average following three rounds.
"I really enjoyed my time in Gallup," said 14-year-old Katey Campbell. "You get to meet new people, people you would never meet in most other sports."
"I also enjoyed Gallup very much," said the younger Kyley Campbell. "We barrell race and also do stakes racing. But barrell racing is our favorite."
"We really enjoy racing," added Katey. "Our parents and our older sister competed and it's just a family tradition for us."
Following their trip to Gallup, the Campbell family headed to Jackson, Miss., for the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships on July 18-23.
"This was an event where the girls had to qualify in state to reach the nationals, which is actually more an international competition, with kids from Canada and Italy entered," said Buster Campbell.
Kyley competed in the 10-12 year old youth division which featured 454 riders. She finished 14th after the first round and 40th following the second round of competition. Katey was entered in the 13-18 year old teen division, which had 1,055 riders. In the first round, Katey finished 104th and advanced to the finals, where she finished 150th.
On Aug. 6-13, the Campbell's concluded their tour with a trip to Fort Worth, Texas, to participate in the American Quarter Horse Association Youth World Championships. This was another event in which the participants had to qualify in order to compete. Katey finished 21st in her division while Kyley made it to the finals with a 15th place finish.
The Campbell sisters now get ready for the start of the new school year as both will play basketball for the junior high Lady Rebels. For this sports family, it has been a short but enjoyable summer.