Sydney Surin’s barrel racing keeps her busy
Citizen Telegram Sports Editor
Sydney Surin of Silt wasn’t able to earn a spot in the highest-paid rodeo ever, but the performances of the now 15-year-old barrel racer on a nationwide stage since December of last year have been respectable.
In all, Surin took home numerous high finishes at either the youth or amateur levels, in competitions from December until the end of March. To go along with that, she managed several top 10 finishes in the open category, which typically includes hundreds of competitors from around the country.
Surin’s highest finish during the four-month stretch came in Buckeye, Ariz., on Jan. 9-12, at the Greg Olson Futurity, Derby, Slot Race & Open. She finished first in a 34-rider field on Jan. 10 in 17.411 seconds, than followed it two days later when she won the youth division in 17.376.
The most prestigious barrel race Surin took part in was the semifinals for The American in Mesquite, Texas, on Feb. 21, where the top 10 finishers earned a chance at a $2 million rodeo purse at AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) in Arlington, Texas. Surin, competing against professionals from around the nation, was by far the youngest person in the field. She finished 38th in the 50-rider field, recording a time of 16.5.
She picked up speed this past month, however. Surin competed in South Jordan, Utah, from March 14-16 in an event named The Salty Dash. Though her finishes netted her finishes of 10th and 14th place in two days, the times run by her horse, Zans Baby Chic, were 15.921 on March 15 (10th) and 16.084 on March 16 (14th).
Surin, who attends Glenwood Springs High School, has a full calendar of competition ahead of her, with rodeos booked all the way through December. Among them is the Rocky Mountain Power Futurity, Open & Youth event in Heber City, Utah, from April 18-20. Another big one is from Sept. 5-7 at the State Breeders Futurity in Rapid City, S.D., which follows four other rodeos she’s slated to compete in from May through August.
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