Harley Mackey qualifier to the Junior World Finals

Harley Mackey competing in pole bending. // Courtesy of Joe Mackey

On September 6, in Castle Rock, Colorado, Harley Mackey qualified for the third time to the Junior World Finals in barrel racing on her gray mare Money. Not more than 30 minutes later she ran in the Junior World Finals Pole Qualifier on her little bay mare Kara to also win the pole bending. Harley is one of eight girls in the world who are double-qualified in barrels and poles this year and the only girl to win both the barrels and poles at a qualifier.

Due to COVID-19, the Junior World Finals, normally held in Las Vegas, has moved with the NFR to Forth Worth, Texas. Harley will compete for two world titles at the infamous Cowtown Coliseum located at the Old Fort Worth Stockyards. She will compete in both poles and barrels in the first round on Dec. 8, the second round on Dec. 10, and the top 20 in the average will compete on Dec. 12, in the short round. The Junior World Champions in all events will be crowned during the 10th round of the NFR alongside the PRCA and WPRA World Champions at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Harley is one of 160 qualifiers from across the country and Canada competing for a Junior World Championship for over $200,000 in payout and prizes.

Harley turned 14 years old on Nov. 10, and lives in Cokeville. She would like to thank her parents Joe and Kasey Mackey for all their help, her sisters Hailey, Halley, and Hazley Mackey for continually riding with her while she keeps her horses in shape. She would also like to thank her sponsors, Priefert Junior Elite, MVP, Zesterra by Pro Earth, Draw it Out, Beyond Home Assisted Living, and B&H Auto, for all they do for her, her horses and her entire family because without them none of this would be possible. Please help us congratulate Harley for all of her hard work and wish her luck in becoming the next world champion.