North Florida women dominate barrel racing – Upcoming equestrian events put female riders at the forefront

History proves that women in sports have come a long way to overcome challenges such as not being recognized and given credit where credit is due.

2023 equestrian sports are jammed packed with schedules for not only female barrel racers, but also the hunter jumper category as well.

Cowgirls of Gadsden County… Are you ready to chase those three blue barrels this year?

Good, because the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA District 01) has already started filling up the North Florida district with schedules for barrel races this year.

The first NBHA District 01 racing event was held last Saturday in Jefferson County with 70 participants – most of which were women.

The next scheduled location will be in Wakulla on February 25, at the Wakulla County Horsemen’s Arena in Sopchoppy and once again, the roster of competitors is filling quickly with female barrel racers.

The Gadsden County Horsemen’s Association had races scheduled for Saturday, January 30, but had to cancel due to the rainfall and the arena not being dry enough to use for course runs.

They have plans to reschedule as soon as the arena is ready.

Havana’s own, Gray Lily Farm has an upcoming spring jump show on May 13.

More show events are in the planning and interested participants can be on the lookout to register for more show events that are being planned on their website at

Many Gray Lily Farm jumper participants have plans to attend a scheduled South Wind Dressage and Eventing Association show in February at Cavallo Farms located in Lloyd, Florida.  

Gadsden County has a large equestrian network and a large part of that network is made up of female equestrians.

Patricia Smith – Gadsden County News Service


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