Parker County Arena: The New Hot Spot for Barrel Races

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By Krista Lucas

Just north of Weatherford, Texas is a gorgeous equine facility situated on sprawling open pasture.

On this land, there are multiple barns, round pens, housing, and a large, covered arena perfect for hosting today’s equine events. Parker County Arena is quickly becoming the new hot spot for North Texas’ barrel racers.

The facility belongs to Courtney Smith’s family, and in 2016 Smith, along with Janee Ornelas, started producing barrel races after having several people ask about the place and to help with the overhead.

“We also wanted a place for people to run where there’s a huge support system and everyone rooting for everyone,” Smith said. “We wanted a place where barrel racers could have a safe place to run for themselves and their horses and just have great fellowship.”

Each race has thousands in added money, prizes and side pots to run at, giving everyone a chance to win something.

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