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6/29/2011 12:15:00 AM
Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo: Cowgirl, horse team up in barrel racing event
Photos by Les Stukenberg/The Daily CourierNikkie Gosney competes in the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo’s barrel racing event in Prescott on Tuesday.
Photos by Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

Nikkie Gosney competes in the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo’s barrel racing event in Prescott on Tuesday.

Peter Marx
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - Competing in her sixth Prescott Frontier Days "World's Oldest Rodeo", Nikkie Gosney of Scottsdale might not have the fastest barrel racing horse, but she may have the one with the best handling.

"I don't have a speed horse," said Gosney, who bought her horse Tuffy in Chino Valley. "He's more of a cut-and-bred type.

"I have a disadvantage to the girls that have the racetrack horses... They might get me in the straight-aways, but I have the little horse that can get around (the barrels) quicker."

Gosney and Tuffy, who was riding in his hometown arena, had a solid first ride time of 17.93 seconds during the opening night of the rodeo on Tuesday.

The Arizona resident bought Tuffy from a woman in Chino Valley and knew right away she had found a diamond in the rough.

"I ended up seeing him at a jackpot and liked him," she said. "And, I ended up approaching the girl (who owned him) about buying him."

Gosney purchased the back-yard horse and has had her fair share of success ever since.

She has placed in the money at the "World's Oldest Rodeo" four times in six years of competition.

"I always hope for the positive and to have a safe run, and hopefully always the fastest run of course," she said.

Gosney has been involved in rodeos her entire life and picked up the sport from her mother and father.

"My family has a ranch and it goes back generation-to-generation of farming and ranching," she said. "My mom roped, my dad, and my grandparents roped."

Before Gosney started barrel racing she was a team roper.

But due to her increasing responsibilities of motherhood, Gosney switched to barrel racing.

"I was a team roper and because I have a kid, it's kind of hard to be able to be committed to your partner and team roping, so I started running barrels," she said. "I'm a little more addicted to (barrel racing) because of the speed and the one-on-one competitiveness."

Gosney also says she enjoys barrel racing more because she doesn't have to depend on anyone else, and likes how much she learns and the knowledge she gets from the sport.

Gosney took off for another rodeo right after her race, but says she'll be back next year to try to capture her first barrel racing title.

"The (World's Oldest Rodeo) committee does a wonderful job. They go all out for us," she said. "The grounds are always in good shape."

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