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Barrel Racer Wins National Title


Appomattox, VA - An Appomattox man took first place in a national barrel horse racing competition. He beat out more than 700 jockeys nationwide.

But, this isn't the first time he's done this. No, this is the third time Adam Roper has won the Colonial National Show in Lexington. But at this race, he wasn't the only one in the family taking home a prize.

There's no wonder why Adam Roper is a winner when you have a family as supportive as his.

"We're very proud," said Kay Roper, Adam's wife.

"He's such a great rider," said Clay Mann, Roper's stepson.

He's also competed and won in world championships. Despite the wins, Roper won't take all the credit.

"I feel very blessed to ride the horses I'm riding," said Adam.

But he says the real victory for Roper is seeing his children ride.

"Yeah, that's more exciting than when I win - when he does good," said Adam.

His 12-year-old stepson, Clay Mann, competed in the national show too. Clay won second out of 200 in his class and seventh in the overall finals.

"It's exciting," said Mann.

The goal is to make it around three barrels without knocking them over in the shortest amount of time. He says the hardest part is getting over the nerves.

"You start sweating and shaking," said Mann.

Barrel Racing is a hobby that pulls Roper's whole family together. His wife and 8-year-old daughter also ride. But Roper says that none of this would be possible without the horses to ride and arena to practice in. An arena provided by his wife's mother and grandfather who fell in love with Barrel racing long ago.

"It's a blessing to have this arena and have this love that we've always had, and share it as a family and to watch these children improve," said Sharon Bryant, Adam's mother-in-law.

Roper plans to compete in another world championship next month in Georgia. His family will be there to cheer him on.

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