Mar 26, 2014 8:56 AM by Steven Albritton

Welsh Teen Eyes Big Future In "Barrel Running"

This weekend, hundreds of barrel runners will descend on New Iberia for "Barreling For a Cure." Within that group, 12-year old competitor, Taylor Ardoin has big aspirations for her future. It's a sport where precision is key and placing comes down to the hundredth or even thousand of a second, leaving little room for error.

A usual 12-year-old may spend time on the phone or online, but Ardoin spends her free time trying to make a name for herself.

"I ride two horses so sometimes three hours, sometimes two hours, sometimes four hours it just depends. I don't really like homework," the Welsh-Roanoke Junior High student said.

While competing against women of all ages, the success Ardoin has had in her young career has caught the attention of Rodeo21.com. She has been asked to video blog about her career in the ring. She say it's the hard work which has taken her to this point, with her mom taking it all in one picture or video clip at a time to perfect her craft.

"Then it proves whether I'm right and I did this wrong, or my mom is right, and that I did this wrong. So, it kind of stops the fighting," Ardoin said with a laugh.

Practicing in sun, rain, sleet or snow, Ardoin, and her horse "Vegas," hope to catch one of the biggest prizes of all in the very near future.

"Well there's this event called the NFR, the National Finals Rodeo, and I'm hoping I can get that. Before that, I want to do the All-American. It's this huge rodeo up in Dallas, TX and it's $1,000,000 up for grabs, which I hope to win next year," Ardoin said.

"Barreling For a Cure" benefits both St. Jude Children's Hospital and the American Cancer Society with a $2,000 grand prize. It will take place at SugArena In New Iberia this Saturday and Sunday (March 28th/29th). Stars from the hit reality show, "Rodeo Girls" will be on hand for autograph sessions from 9-10am both days. There will be RV hook ups, stalls and shaving available. You can find sponsor ship, vendor, and entry forms here.



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