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Dawson teen earns barrel racing world championship
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Lily Verhoven spends about five hours a day riding and working with her horses at Sky Acres Farm. - photo by Amy French
Thirteen-year-old Lily Verhoven of Dawson County has been riding horses for 10 years and the young veteran just earned a world championship in barrel racing. “You ride around three barrels as fast as you can,” she explained from atop one of her five horses last week. “Fastest time wins.” At the Georgia National Fair Grounds in Perry, Georgia on July 29, Verhoven raced around the barrels on Larkin Sassafrass “Sassy” in 15.462 seconds to take the youth 2D world championship.