Karli Sanford, from Maidenwell, with the silver buckle she won during the rounds and posing with the World Championship trophy (Photo: Michael Sanford)

November 4, 2019

Maidenwell barrel racers Michael and Karli Sanford have enjoyed an exciting few days at the National Barrel Horse Association world championships in the United States, with Karli earning a place in the final.

The championships were held in Perry, Georgia, from October 27 to November 2.

It was the couple’s first trip to the world championships.

They earned the right to compete after collecting points in competitions around south-east Queensland.

Michael told southburnett.com.au he picked up a third place in the Open Men’s category but didn’t make it through to the finals.

However, Karli made it through every round and competed in the Grand Final on Sunday against the best riders in the world for a chance at the world champion title.

Riding “JTD A Sharp Streaker” – a borrowed horse – Karli finished in 11th spot, just outside the prize money with a time of 17.272. This was less than half a second behind the winner who came from Florida.

Speaking to a US TV interviewer after the race, Karli said it had been “one helluva ride”.

“It’s been absolutely amazing trying to ride different horses,” she said.

“It’s an experience I will never forget.”

She said it was daunting competing on a horse she had never seen before, but the US horses were “absolutely amazing” and the trainers had been a great support.

“It’s been fantastic,” she said.

Karli and Michael Sanford at Maidenwell before they headed off to the United States

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Congratulations again Karli on making it to the finals. Check out her Interview below πŸ‡³πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡³πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ

Posted by NBHA Australia on Saturday, 2 November 2019


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