Sanders and Choate Take Top Titles at the 2019 NBHA Youth World Championships

Youth barrel racers from around the world gathered on July 21-27 for the world’s largest youth barrel race in Perry, Georgia. A featured event on the National Barrel Horse Association’s tour schedule, the 2019 Youth World Championship pulled approximately 1,500 entries and offered over $350,000 in cash and prizes. The event featured international riders from South Africa, Australia, France, Italy, and Canada. Ava Grayce Sanders (Vero Beach, FL) took top honors in the Youth division with a 14.898 riding Tampa Bay Rey Deal. Bayleigh Choate (Cohutta, GA) secured the Teen division aboard Miss JB 1214 with a 14.694.

“The excitement of this event never ceases to amaze me” stated NBHA Executive Director Sherry Fulmer. “This was the most well-spoken, fun loving group of kids and young adults I’ve met. They were up for anything - any race - any contest of any kind. Not just barrel racing but art contests, fishing contests, and a host of other enjoyable activities. It was nine days packed full of fun for everyone involved.”

Brand new at the NBHA Youth World Championship was the inclusion of the first added money helmet side pot, sponsored by Troxel Helmets, which paid over $10,000 to Youth and Teen riders wearing helmets. In addition to cash prizes, brand new 4 Star Trailers valued at over $32,000, were awarded to both the Youth and Teen 1D Champions. Each Champion from all 5Ds, plus all Youth and Teen Finalists were awarded Gist Silversmiths buckles. Championship prize packages also included awards from Alamo Saddlery, Triple Crown Feed, Wrangler, Yeti, Professional’s Choice, Justin Boots, Oxy-gen Inc., and Boot Barn.

“It doesn’t even seem real; I’ve been trying to grasp it” stated 1D Youth World Champion Ava Grayce Sanders. “People were hitting barrels and I went into the finals just wanting to make a clean run. I know if he (Tampa Bay Rey Deal) could make a clean run, he was going to clock.”

“I’m just so excited I can’t even put it into words” stated Bayleigh Choate, overwhelmed with joy as she accepted her first NBHA Teen World Championship. Choate has recently purchased Miss JB 1214 in January, after her primary mount was injured and resting. Choate and Miss JB 1214 are at the beginning what is destined to be an unstoppable partnership.

As the 2019 NBHA Youth World Championship goes into the history books, NBHA is busy planning the 2019 Open World Championship which will be held on October 27 - November 2 in Perry, Georgia. Full results from the 2019 NBHA Youth World Championship is available at Relive the action on Ride TV at Learn more about the National Barrel Horse Association and see the full event schedule at

About the National Barrel Horse Association
The National Barrel Horse Association, headquartered in Augusta, Georgia, is the largest barrel racing organization in the world. The NBHA is the recognized leader of Barrel Racing in the world and is known to be professional and innovative while staying true to western heritage, lifestyle, and dress. In 1992, the NBHA revolutionized the barrel racing industry by pioneering the divisional format, which allows riders of all skill levels a chance to win money and prizes in barrel racing competition. NBHA official events have paid out $13 million to date with more than $2.5 million in added prize money. NBHA has over 20,000 members of all ages across the United States and affiliates on 5 continents. Learn more about the NBHA at Follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube.

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