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Dickinson barrel racer competes in Ram Badlands Circuit Finals

13.72 seconds.

"The tighter the turn, you. You can have a really fast horse, but you still have to have a tight turn to have a good time." said Nikki Hansen, Dickinson Barrel Racer.

Less than 14 seconds to race around three barrels and win the first night of barrel racing.

"It takes a long time to train a barrel horse, and to season one because there's so many variables -especially rodeoing. There's different ground, and different atmospheres, and different indoor/outdoor runs." said Hansen.

Hansen has been around horses her whole life: she was raised on a ranch and both of her parents rodeoed as well.

"Growing up with horses, growing up riding on the ranch it maybe gives you a little bit of an advantage just because you spend more time horseback." said Hansen.

Although it takes skill and preparation, Hansen believes it also takes a little bit of luck.

"It's just something that you feel when you get on and ride a horse you have a feel for one that you think's going to be great. And sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't." said Hansen.

Training a horse may only take a season, but seasoning a horse can take three or even more seasons.

"That's something about barrel racing, you spend so much time with your horse that they become a part of your family. You know everything about them, their quirks, what they like, what they don't like, and then you just try to keep them as happy and healthy as possible." said Hansen.

The competition is fierce.

"We have so many great horses and great jockeys and it's tough to even get here and the rodeo is just exceptional. Every night, the barrel racing will be probably the most tightest, most exciting event to watch -in my opinion. But I'm a barrel racer." said Hansen.

At the end of the day, barrel racing is about the partnership between a cowgirl and her horse.

"Good job, Mia Hamm." said Hansen.

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