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Barrel Racing Champion Sherry Cervi

Posted at 5:14 PM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 20:50:52-05

TUCSON, Ariz — When it comes to barrel racing, noone has been better than Sherry Cervi. The Marana resident and Cowgirl Hall of Famer is a four-time world champion.

But as Cervi gets in the saddle this weekend, she's taking a back seat.

"I've grown up in rodeo my whole life, and I've always wanted to have a youth race for some kids," said Cervi.

Enter the Sherry Cervi Youth Championships, held at the Pima County Fairgrounds. That's where the girls use their horsewomanship skills to fast get around the preset barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. Many of the competitors in this weekend's event are children of riders that Cervi has gone up against in her 25 year career.

"That makes me feel old, but that's awesome," said Cervi. "That's what it's all about."

Riders traveled from seventeen states and Canada for this weekend's event.

"I hope they can take away, win or lose, a great experience," said Cervi. "They can go home and work with their horse and be a better rider, and make some friends for a lifetime."