Mary Donna Smothers, 69, qualified to run barrels in The American competition in Arlington, Texas this year. Smothers lives in Texas and credits her 12-year-old horse, Six Moon Firewater, for their qualification. Their time was a quick 13.976 seconds.
“He’s a great horse, and he knows his job,” she said. “Marty takes care of me.”
So how’d Smothers and Marty do? Their prelim time was 14.846 which put them in the lead briefly but ultimately they placed eighth. Afterwards Smothers had this to say.
“I’m so thrilled…its just a dream for everyone to make it and it gives the opportunity for everybody to follow that dream. It’s wonderful.”
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