In just a few weeks, local cowgirl Brielle Washatko will compete at the Youth World Finals in Las Vegas.

At age 9 and in the fourth grade, she will compete against 60 of the best youth barrel racers around the country to potentially take home more than $250,000 in payout and prizes.

She has been riding since she was 4 and has been trained and mentored by local pro rodeo barrel racer Tammy Kowalski.

Barrel racing is a timed event in which the horse needs to turn three barrels quickly without tipping any of them.

Traveling for the event will start at the beginning of December, and trailering the horses 1,800 miles will likely take four days before arriving in Vegas.

Brielle is daughter of Zack and Noelle Washatko, local Antigo residents. Grandparents Karen Spychalla and the late Anthony Spychalla, and Ken and Patty Washatko.

Brielle has raised more than $12,000 in sponsorship and donations from local businesses and families to compete in Las Vegas on Dec. 7-11.

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