‘When they go in the arena, they go to win’

MacKenzie Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Christin Deese, 17, of Rockingham, competes in the youth division on Saturday in a National Barrel Horse Association event at Still Waters Farm Arena in Marston.

MacKenzie Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Christin Deese, 17, of Rockingham, competes in the youth division on Saturday in a National Barrel Horse Association event at Still Waters Farm Arena in Marston.

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

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MARSTON — Mayson Cox evaluated her second of three runs in the youth division of the National Barrel Horse Association rather modestly.

“I think pretty good,” Cox said after taking over the top spot in the standings among three dozen competitors.

Josh Smith, NBHA NC-02 District director, said the concept for a first-place performance is rather simple. District 02 covers a 12-county area, including Anson, Cabarrus, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan and Stanly counties.

“The fastest is gonna win,” said Smith, of Robbins.

Cox, 16, of Loris, S.C., didn’t travel nearly two hours from home to finish second. But that’s exactly what happened with Rockingham’s own Christin Deese rode Jolene to a 14.963-second showing to take over first.

Deese, 17, said the ability to win was rather easy to understand.

Jolene, Deese said, ran faster than (Jed) did” in an earlier run.

Competitors within the arena, father Randall Cox said it’s impressive how good of friends Mayson, Christin and other riders outside of competition. They help each other where ever they can, Cox said, but “when they go in the arena, they go to win.”

Deese said she’s been riding barrel horses for five years but she’s been on the four-legged beasts “all my life … since I could get on one.”

While temporarily holding onto the top spot in the standings, Mayson took a moment to explain what went right in her second run.

MacKenzie Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

MacKenzie Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

“It just depends on how you ride,” she said. “I just have to push.”

Sable and McKay performed well for Cox, a 2011 South Carolina youth state champion, on Saturday but just behind Christin, who later finished second in the Open competition.

Other notable local performers included arena owner Jeff Moss, of Marston, who took third in the Seniors division with a time of 16.695. He was closely followed by Bill Fogg, of Hoffman, who placed fourth in 17.122.

Mayson finished second in the youth division with a time of 15.470. A third run, slightly under the 15.2-second mark, was voided when the first barrel was knocked down.

It’s all about points, Smith said. The riders, boys and girls in the 18-and-under youth division, as well as the seniors (50-plus) and open divisions, compete for placings within separated divisions in each age category. The more points a rider accumulates in a year-long season, the better chance that rider has to compete at national competitions.

Smith said many of the riders in Saturday’s competition also compete in Robbins, Raeford and Lumberton. A show site in Hoffman hasn’t been used this season, Smith said, but has been popular in recent years.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Saturday was on the second NBHA event at Still Waters Farm Arena in Marston. The youth division featured 36 riders, 12 in the seniors and close to 70 in the open division. Last time, Smith said there were close to 160 in the open category alone. Smith and others said the heat and humidity were factors in some competitors staying away.

Payout ranged between $17 and $204. Fifteen place-winners took home a total of $1,232.

Results
Youth Division
1D — Christin Deese, Rockingham, 14.963 seconds
2D — Mayson Cox, Loris, S.C., 15.470
3D — Zack Carpenter, Carthage, N.C., 15.968
4D — Sage Dunlap, Bear Creek, N.C., 16.607
5D — Hayley Haase, Fuquay-Varina, N.C., 17.267

Seniors
1D — Amilda Coffman, Vass, N.C., 15.469
2D — Georgie Holden, Yanceyville, N.C., 16.038
3D — Jeff Moss, Marston, 16.695
4D — Bill Fogg, Hoffman, 17.122
5D — Gina Rollins, Ramseur, N.C. 17.738

Open
1D — Hayley Haase, Fuquay Varina, 15.009
2D — Christin Deese, Rockingham, 15.513
3D — Lloyd Burr, Chesterfield, S.C., 16.026 
4D — Scott Kennedy, Elizabethtown, N.C. 16.532 
5D — Scott Kennedy, Elizabethtown, 17.017 

 

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