The National Barrel Horse Association has appointed Kingman's Sharie Weber as its district director for Northwest Arizona and she recently announced a series of barrel races to be staged at the county fairgrounds this spring and summer.
The eight-race series, that will be highlighted by the state championship races on April 12 and 13, offers a wide variety of classes for racers of all age and experience levels, Weber said.
"We really want to emphasize, especially for beginners, this is what (NBHA) is designed for, to give everybody a chance to win," Weber said.
NBHA races are open to all ages, experience levels and males and females.
"It crosses all boundaries.
There are no age limits and no gender limit," Weber said.
"It's not gender specific."
Weber is excited about the prospect of the upcoming season.
Last year she ran an eight-race series at Crazyhorse Arena north of Kingman off Stockton Hill Road, but this year the prize list is significantly increased and the races will be in the middle of town at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.
"In the NBHA eight-show series we're giving away six buckles for 1D, 2D, 3D and 4D open champions and the 1D youth and 1D senior champions," Weber said.
"We plan on giving away six breast collars to the youth and senior 2D, 3D, 4D champions."
In addition to the NBHA racing, each day there is a barrel racing program it will followed immediately with a five-even gymkhana.
Gymkhana events include barrel, keyhole, cow horse, poles and Big T competitions.
The gymkhana events are open to all age ranges and competition will be divided by age categories.
"At year end we will have four age-group champions.
Each age-group champion will be given a saddle," Weber said.
"Then we have buckles for reserve champion in each age group.
We also have a PeeWee lead line division where all PeeWees will get silver buckle just for showing up for six of the eight events in the series."
Weber, who works full time as a corporal with the Kingman Police Department in the school resource officer division, said she felt a need in the area to give youngsters a chance to get involved in barrel racing and gymkhanas so she began putting the program together.
Becoming District AZ01 director (including Mohave, Yavapai and Coconino counties) changes her focus on what she does, but enhances her ability to work on the program in the Kingman area.
"We need to bring something here locally and that's the best way to get it done, is get in a position where you can bring it in," Weber said.
"It is a lot of work, but I wouldn't call it a major pain.
I've enlisted a lot of help.
"Being the district director is actually a lot less leg work and more the administrative part of it."
Getting people started in the sport is her main goal.
"All they have to do is show up.
Just show up and run and the more you do it the better you get," Weber, who finished third in the state last year, said.
"You really don't have to have any knowledge coming into it, there will be plenty of people around to help.
"That's pretty much what NBHA is about, is getting people started in barrel racing — giving them a stepping stone up to the next level."
For more information about the Kingman NBHA series contact Weber at 692-6520 or the NBHA Kingman representative, Danielle Forace, at 692-0199.
National Barrel Horse Kingman Schedule
At Mohave County Fairgrounds
Date Sign-up Race
March 1 9 a.m. 10 a.m.
March 29 9 a.m. 10 a.m.
April 26 9 a.m. 10 a.m.
June 7 9 a.m. 10 a.m.
June 28 9 a.m. 10 a.m.
July 12 9 a.m. 10 a.m.
July 26 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
9 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Gymkhanas will be held immediately following the NBHA races.
Check-in for daytime gymkhanas is noon, for night gymkhanas check-in is 6 p.m.
First-time entrants must enter the Thursday prior to an event.