PHOTO GALLERY: Horse racers compete in Barrel Bash weekend event

Friday, March 23, 2012 | 11:13 p.m. CDT; updated 6:06 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 13, 2012

Horse riders gathered at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Friday to compete in the Barrel Bash event.

Logan Westmoreland, 11, was one of the participants of the event. Logan rode Maverick, a 15-year-old horse her family bought in October 2011, and finished the run in 15.44 seconds. The Westmorelands go to about 30 events a year, competing every weekend during the summer and sometimes two races a weekend.

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Philip Johnson March 25, 2012 | 11:00 a.m.

At only 11 years of age, one might consider advising Logan to consider wearing protective head gear for this highly energetic competitive event.

Take a look at what might happen to professional jockeys with lots of experience...

Front page story of the Sunday New York Times:

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Corey Parks March 25, 2012 | 4:01 p.m.

Or we can put a stop to the nanny state and the "Pusification of America". It is not the job of society to prevent every little ouch that comes along in the youth of today.

Great Job Logan. While most kids your age are playing games or sitting around watching tv you are out every weekend and my guess every day getting valuable lesson in hard work and competitiveness against others.

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