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By Michele Smith
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The Makings of a Championship Barrel Racer

Twelve-year-old Elsie Mann has learned many aspects of racing from her horses


September 13, 2018

Michele Smith

Twelve-year-old barrel racer Elsie Mann shared a moment with her horse, Raisin, before Saturday night's Jackpot Rodeo at the Columbia County fairgrounds. Mann placed second in her division.

DAYTON-It will take teamwork between Elsie Mann and her horse, and the support of a community of caring people, for this 12-year-old barrel racer to achieve her dream of qualifying for Junior National Finals Rodeo.

Mann, of Dayton, and her parents, Jeni Ritchie and Christian Mann, have been working to help her achieve that goal since she climbed aboard her first pony, Annie, at the tender age of 2 ½. It was then that she ran her first barrel race, at the Milton-Freewater Pioneer Posse Pee Wee Rodeo.

Mann said she missed qualifying for Juniors National Finals Rodeo in Moses Lake last...

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