BARREL RACING: Maidenwell couple Karli and Michael Sanford compete in the 2019 world championships for barrel racing in Perry Georgia, USA. (Photo: Contributed)
BARREL RACING: Maidenwell couple Karli and Michael Sanford compete in the 2019 world championships for barrel racing in Perry Georgia, USA. (Photo: Contributed)

Burnett couple has ‘hell of a ride’ on world stage

BARREL RACING:A Maidenwell couple have taken 'one hell of a ride' on the world stage for Barrel Racing.

Karli and Michael Sanford pulled on the green and gold for Australia at the World Championships for Barrel Racing in Perry Georgia, USA from October 27 to November 2.

Karli had a clean run in the world finals and finished 11th place in her division at the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships.

In the second round, she finished in second place, securing her spot in the finals.

Husband Michael narrowly missed his place in the finals, finishing in third place in the first round of the men's opens.

In an interview with the World Championship's 'Ride TV' Karli shared about her first trip to the sport's top competition.

"It's been one hell of a ride," she said.

"It's been an experience I will never forget."

 

BARREL RACING: Maidenwell's Karli Sanford finished in 11th place for the 2019 world championships for barrel racing in Perry Georgia, USA. (Photo: Contributed)
BARREL RACING: Maidenwell's Karli Sanford finished in 11th place for the 2019 world championships for barrel racing in Perry Georgia, USA. (Photo: Contributed)

 

Karli kept telling herself to 'hang on' during her ride.

"I really did not want to knock, but I unfortunately did knock in the sweepstakes and in round one," she said.

"So I thought if I could come out and have a clean run, it would be unreal to finish on a high."

The couple rode against the best of the best from around the world.

"Australia is a lot smaller into barrel racing, it's a whole lot bigger over here," Karli said.

"It's been absolutely amazing just trying to ride the different horses."

International competitors leased horses from American trainers, like Heidi and Chad Crider's horse 'Moose' for the competition.

"It's really scary and daunting, but the horses are amazing and the trainers we're leasing our horses off have been incredible," she said.

Karli had previously qualified for the Australian team in her first season of barrel racing six years ago, but due to an injury had to put her dream on hold until this year.