by Hannah Myers, staff writer
This year junior Autumn Jones will be winning a saddle for youth barrels for taking first in the Everwind Ranch Winter Series. Barrel racing is a timed event where the horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern without any faults. “It makes me feel like I have accomplished something huge because there are a couple of people who are big competition there,” said Jones.
Jones has been barrel racing her entire life, and is currently running with Dave Martin’s Bull Riding Mania. She shows 2-3 weekends per month in the winter and every weekend along with fair rodeo, in the summer. “The atmosphere is so different at rodeos. It’s electrifying to be in front of the crowd and under the arena lights,” said Jones.
This year she is showing a 13.2 hand pony, Mighty Mouth, also known as Mouthy. In the past, she has won three buckles and multiple awards, but nothing quite as remarkable as a saddle. Jones has plans of competing again next year.