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Texas Outdoors: Barrel Racing is a wild ride!

Behind the Barrel Racing scene at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

SAN ANTONIO — They are out of the gate at full speed, racing to one point of a triangle, spinning like a top, then sprinting to the next and repeating the sequence a third time, then out of the arena at full speed. That is Barrel Racing.

It is one of the big three at any roping...bull riding, bronc busting and barrel racing. "I been doing this since I was 5 or 6 years old" said Sissy Winn. Winn is one of the best.

"There's no way to tell how many times I've done this," she said. Winn travels thousands of miles every year and said she did 55 rodeos last year! The now 21 year old does that, all while maintaining a 3.8 GPA at Texas A&M.

Winn knows though her time in the saddle may be limited. "Until I go to law school in about two years, and then I'm like, 'it's time to focus on that and get a real job.'" 

"You have to grow up?" I asked her. 

"That's what dad said, I have to grow up, yes sir" she laughingly said back.

It's fiercely competitive. Every rider and every horse wants to be the fastest. Winn did not make the finals in the 2019 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, but she said just to be invited to compete makes her proud. The next weekend she did win the 30th annual Los Fresnos Rodeo.