by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Taylor Langdon and BB Frenchgirl defend their amateur barrel racing world championship November 8. (Journal photo)
When Taylor Langdon graduated from high school, she received a special present: a flashy bay mare.
For the second year in a row, that mare has shown her value by winning the amateur barrel racing world championship at the AQHA World Championship Show.
“She is a 7-year-old mare,” Taylor says. “She’s amazing. She’s such a blessing. I got her and trained her starting my freshman year in college. It took us a little while, but when it happened, it’s just been amazing.”
In 2010, besides winning the amateur barrel class, Taylor and “Frenchie” were reserve champions in senior barrels. They repeated that effort this year, making the finals in the open class, but Frenchie tripped heading for the finish line, and they finished 12th.
The mare was a bit sore November 8 in the warm-up for the amateur finals.
“She trotted out of it,” Taylor says. “We tried to take good care of her last night when we got done, and she seems fine.”
Taylor and Frenchie had the fastest time in the amateur prelims, a 16.841, and returned to the amateur finals to blaze the fastest time there as well, a 16.702, for a combined time of 33.543.
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“I knew if I could get through a run and be aggressive, that she could do it,” Taylor says.
BB Frenchgirl is a 2004 mare by PC Frenchman and out of Miss Shanaar (TB) by Shanaar. She was bred by Sally Box of Aubrey, Texas.
Taylor also lives in Aubrey, when she’s not at college at Texas Tech University, where she’s a junior on the rodeo team.
“I’ve got school tomorrow, so I don’t get to celebrate,” she says.