The National Finals Rodeo week in Las Vegas will have a bit of local flair added into it this year.
Hermiston barrel racer Alyson Terry is one of 120 cowgirls that earned a spot to compete at the KK Run for Vegas/JrNFR Barrel Race, Dec. 12-16, held in conjunction with the main event, the NFR. All 120 cowgirls are aged 16-and-under from all parts of the United States, Mexico and Australia and will be competing for more than $130,000 in prizes on top of a chance to qualify for The American Semifinals in Forth Worth, Texas in February.
The top 20 cowgirls with the fastest times on two runs will advance to the championship round on Dec. 16. Terry, 12, will be competing at 9 a.m. on Dec. 13 and then again at 10:45 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the Wrangler Rodeo Arena at the Las Vegas Convention Center, riding her mare IMA Biankus Babe.
“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by these kids, and they have all earned the right to compete in Las Vegas,” said Kelly Kaminski, event organizer and a two-time world champion barrel racer said in a press release.
Terry qualified for the JrNFR by competing in a KK Run For Vegas American Qualifier competition back in September in Moses Lake, Washington, where she made it into one of the necessary top five spots. It was the first time that Terry had entered one of the competitions and it was the final qualifier of the season.
“I am still in shock and must pinch myself every now ad then to realize just how fortunate I am to have an opportunity to participate in the JR NFR,” Terry said in a statement. “I feel very luck to have such a great horse and support from my parents and friends.”