KHS senior rolls out the barrel in rodeo

When most people think of rodeos, tot he uniformed, it's a man's world that comes to mind.

But women are a big part of rodeo events and at this week's High School Rodeo held at the fairgrounds, Kingman had its own lady representative in the arena, an enthusiastic young rider named Nikki Barkhurst.

The 18-year-old Kingman High School senior competed in barrel racing, pole bending, and breakaway roping events this past weekend, and also joined with partner Sterling Green for the team-roping contest.

"I like being around horses …it's exciting," said Barkhurst, explaining her participation.

Barkhurst said that she has been doing rodeos for the last two years though she's been around horses her entire life.

While not as successful at the Kingman event as she would have preferred, Barkhurst said she has enjoyed success in the sport.

She's currently taking riding lessons and hopes to one day earn a pro card

"Like any sport, I practice every day," she said.

"It doesn't matter if I rodeo or not."

For now Barkhurst is only doing high school rodeos but she plans to attend nursing school and do college rodeos in the future.