Student is Hootworthy Barrel Racer!

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Student is Hootworthy Barrel Racer!
Halton Thomson

In the latest episode of Hootworthy, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Emalee, an eighth-grader at GCA who is making waves in the world of horse barrel racing. Inspired by her love for horses and the thrill of the rodeo, Emalee embarked on her barrel racing journey in 2020 after attending a rodeo and being captivated by the event's speed and daring nature.

For Emalee, barrel racing isn't just about racing around barrels; it's about building a deep connection with her horse, Yuma. Leading up to each event, Emalee spends as much time as possible with Yuma, getting in the zone and practicing the cloverleaf pattern that defines barrel racing competitions.

Despite the challenges and pressures of competition, Emalee remains focused on her goals and aspirations. With dreams of turning pro and competing in lucrative rodeos, she's continuously working to improve her time and skill, aiming to shave off those crucial seconds to reach the professional level.

When asked about her experience at GCA, Emalee highlights the flexibility the school offers, allowing her to balance her academic studies with her passion for barrel racing seamlessly. She's grateful for the support of her teachers, Ms. Schools and Ms. Woodson, who have played a pivotal role.

Your GCA family is rooting for you, Emalee, as you continue chasing your dreams in the world of barrel racing! Stay hootworthy, Emalee!

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