Dalton Bekins, 14, of Sand Lake, took third place in barrel horse racing at the 2012 NBHA Youth World Championships, held in Perry, Georgia, July 21-28. This invitation only event is the largest youth barrel race in the world.
Dalton, who has been riding since he was about 8 years old, took third with a time of 14.997, on a horse named One Hungry Honey. Over 1,000 teens competed in the teen division (13 and over) and about 700 in the youth division (12 and under). The contestants ran for over $200,000 in cash and prizes.
Contestants came from 36 states, Canada, Italy, Panama, and Australia. Contestants must qualify each year in their respective states to compete in the NBHA Youth World Championships. Dalton was the 2012 Red, White, and Blue Barrel Bash Champion in Michigan earlier this summer. He also earned that title in 2011. In both 2010 and 2011, he was a NBHA Michigan 03 District Champion, as well as a NBHA Youth World Finalist. In 2008, he was the TNT Summer Classic NBHA Super Show Pee Wee Champion.