Barrel racer contributes success to lifelong bond with horse

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OVALO, Texas (KTAB) – An Ovalo barrel racer is taking the family tradition to new heights.  Coming off a win at the American Junior Rodeo Championships, this 17 year old shows how family and a special bond contribute to her success. 

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Sydney Arther is making a name for herself in the rodeo world.

“She was a barrel racer so I guess when she had a daughter she thought it was perfect,” Sydney said.

“It’s been amazing to watch,” Sydney’s mother, Laurie Arther said.

Sydney has several keys to her success starting with hard work.

“This summer I’ve rode almost everyday,” Sydney said.

The next is her horse Mocha.

“I put her on that mare when she was a three year old and she’s now 14 so they’ve got to grow together and trust each other and have that bond that you just don’t get very often,” Laurie said.

“We’ve been partners in crime for a really long time so our personalities have kind of meshed over the years and she has an attitude and I have an attitude most of the time so we really get along really well,” Sydney said.

For the dynamic duo, the future looks bright.

“I see her going all the way.  I see her going to the NFR.  There’s nothing standing in her way but her.  If she wants to put the work into it and do it we will see her there,” Laurie said.

Arther also runs poles and hopes to go to college on a rodeo scholarship.

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