Gotta ride: Women and children take the reins at barrel races

MERCEDES — When Winston Churchill said the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man, it’s unlikely he was talking about the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show.

But he could have been.

At the 77th RGV Livestock Show yesterday, that outside of a horse was good for women, girls and boys.

Lauren Foale, 18, of Harlingen, took first place in 2D Barrels on her horse, Texas. She credits a horse chiropractor for putting Texas back in shape for the event.

“He went to an equine osteopath in San Marcos, and he got all fixed up,” said Foale, who graduated from Harlingen High School South last year. “He was out in his hind end — I can’t explain it very well — but they go in there and they pop him all back in, and he feels great now.”

Sandy Torres is director of speed events for the livestock show, and she said 40 pole runs and 58 barrel runs were scheduled yesterday for the Open/Youth Horse Show Timed Events in the rodeo arena.

“It’s the biggest we’ve ever had,” Torres said. “We had some pretty serious competitors.”

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