Killeen Barrel Racer Shelbie Parrish

Killeen barrel racer Shelbie Parrish competes at Rodeo Killeen last month. Parrish is a rising star on the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association circuit.

Killeen’s own Shelbie Parrish competed in the barrel racing event at the Rodeo Killeen on Saturday night and more than held her own.

Parrish finished under a second behind the leader’s time. But all things considered, that was a strong performance. The leader’s time was set in dry conditions on Friday night. Parrish had to race on a wet, muddy surface on Saturday.

“My horse is so young, so I really didn’t want to push him too much in these extra-sloshy conditions,” Parrish said. “So the racing part didn’t go as planned. But, overall, it was a great time and I’m very grateful that I had so many people in the crowd supporting me.”

Besides competing in the WPRCA, Parrish, 20, also rides for Tarleton State University.

Out of over 100 rookies on the pro circuit in this 2014 season, Parrish is currently ranked No. 11.

She captured first place earlier this month in Bridgeport and earned over $1,700.

“But what is really special about Shelbie is she feels the talent that she had was given to her by God,” said her father Bubba Parrish, also of Killeen. “So, no matter how well she rides, she always gives a percentage to a foundation that will help a child in need of assistance. For instance, tonight she was riding for a little boy with brittle bone disease. She feels with the talent the Lord has provided her with, she’d like to help provide for others.”

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