Kruse races Ellie away from her first barrel toward her second. CREDIT MELODIE EDWARDS
By Melodie Edwards

Editor’s note: This story originally aired on July 24, 2015

When you think of a rodeo star, it’s usually a guy on a bucking horse, not a woman. But there is one age-old rodeo event that was developed especially for women: barrel racing. It’s been around since the early 1900’s, but it’s not for wimps. Racers on horseback make loops as fast and tight as they can around three barrels set up in a triangle before heading back to start–and they do it in all in under 18 seconds.

One of the world’s fastest barrel racers is 19-year-old Cassidy Kruse from Gillette. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards spent the day with her at Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo.

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