Barrel racers prepare for season opener March 23

— The first race of the NBHA barrel racing season will be a doubleheader March 23 at the Colbert Arena.

The arena, three miles north of town on U.S. Highway 97, will open at 12:30 p.m.

Time-only trials will start at 1 p.m., with racing following at 2 p.m., spokeswoman Karen Zittel said.

“This is going to be another exciting year for barrel racers in Okanogan County,” NBHA District WA02 Representative Rhonda Colbert said. “We welcome new members with open arms. It is a really friendly atmosphere. We will have races throughout the spring and summer. (The season culminates) with NBHA state finals, for those interested, in September in Moses Lake.

“Young riders can start in the peewee classes, progress to the youth, then on to the open and finally there are races for the seniors. It is a fun event for the whole family.”

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