Scottdale, Mt. Pleasant girls place in barrel racing event
Two area girls placed at the International Barrel Racing Association (IBRA) event held recently in Cloverdale, Ind.
Emily Lambie, 11, of Scottdale, took first place in the Open Fourth Division, and Julie Siesky, 14, of White, placed third in the Open Third Division.
The girls competed all year to be qualified to attend the event which involved around 550 participants, 120 of which reside in Pennsylvania. Both girls were entered in a “youth” and an “open” division — which was available to all age groups.
Lambie, the daughter of Jeanne and Gregg Lambie, is in the sixth grade at Verna Montessori School, in Mt. Pleasant.
“It was exciting,” said Lambie, of attending the competition. “It was a whole weekend show. I think it went good and I had fun.” Lambie said she would enjoy the opportunity to compete again.
Lambie rode her horse, Casper, at the event and for her accomplishment, won a saddle, a wooden saddle stand, a belt buckle, leather jacket, a cash prize and horse products.
“I'm so proud of her,” Jeanne Lambie said of her daughter's accomplishment. “She's only been riding for 17 months and this was her first time going to Nationals. I knew she'd do well, but it's not usual to win your first time at a big event. She's very dedicated to her racing and has a passion for it. She loves doing it. She amazes me every time she rides or does a run.”
Siesky, Lambie's teammate, is the daughter of Vicki and Jeff Siesky. She is currently a freshman at Connellsville Area High School and has been riding all her life.
Siesky won a leather jacket, a chair, a cash prize and a set of spurs at the national competition with her horse, Perks Broker.
“She's very dedicated,” said her mother, Vicki Siesky, who runs Stonehill Ranch — the stables where both girls train. Vicki Siesky has been training and boarding horses at the stable for nearly 30 years and said her daughter was raised around the atmosphere.
“I enjoy riding very much,” Siesky said. “It's been a lot of fun. You grow to have a bond with the horse you're riding.”
Siesky also recently won in her class at the Quarter Horse Congress, in Columbus, Ohio. The event took place over the entire month of October and required Siesky to travel to multiple competitions.
“It was the biggest win in all the years we've entered,” said Vicki Siesky.
Julie Siesky said she feels very blessed in all that she has accomplished and looks forward to more competitions in the future.
Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer.