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Young horse rider making a name for herself in barrel racing

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One of the most talented young barrel racers in the country is quietly rising to the top of the sport.

The 13-year-old Louisburg Middle School student has already won more than $70,000 while competing. The eighth grader spends a lot of time at the Lone Wolf Ranch Arena and Training Center in nearby Cleveland, MO.

For those unfamiliar with the rodeo event sport, racers try and get their horses to circle three barrels as fast as possible. Each horse and rider want to complete a clover-leaf pattern around barrels in the fastest time.

"It is only about 15 seconds so you don't really have that much time to think," Kylar Terlip said.

Kylar spends a lot of time with horses. She has for as long as she can remember.

"My mom, she rode in high school. She and her two sisters did. I was on my first horse before I could walk," she said.

Kylar rides multiple horses in competitions each month of the year.

"This is Paris. I just got her in August," she says of one horse.

"He is the horse I most recently won on. He is kind of scared. He is the nicest one I run right now," she said of another horse.

Kylar is training with several horses. She's the first to win the Women's Professional Rodeo Association or WPRA Junior World twice and she wants to continue to rack up a long list of victories.

"I'm up to almost $70,000 (in winnings)," she said. "(And) I'm an eighth grader at Louisburg Middle School."

Last year alone Kylar won close to $17,000 from competitions, but the money isn't the only reason she keeps doing what she's doing.

"I just want to keep riding," she said.

When Kylar was just 10 years old she was selected as one of the top five barrel racers under 10 because her resume rivaled racers two and three times her age. She said all of the money she has won goes back into caring for the horses that she trains and competes with.

She hopes to one day become a professional horse trainer.

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