Randy and Vauna Walker from Pingree do a lot of traveling, hauling their quarter horse, named DTF Way Ta Fire, to barrel racing competitions.
"Barrel racing is a hobby of ours," said Walker.
In the Diamond and Dirt Futurity in Bryan, Texas, on March 16, DTF Way Ta Fire "set a new arena record at the finals," Walker said.
Only those horses in their first year of competition can be entered into a Futurity.
The quarter horse posted the fastest time at the Diamonds and Dirt Futurity in Bryan, Texas, on March 16.
Quoting from barrelracingreport.com, "Vauna Walker's 4-year-old palomino gelding, DTF Way Ta Fire, had won the first round of the Diamonds & Dirt Futurity with a respectable 16.0-second time, and then returned in the second round with a bobble in the alley, though they still managed a 16.4.
"Than came the finals.
"I could tell by the second barrel by how soft he was and how hard he was driving that it was going to be good, but when I looked up and saw that 15.698, I couldn't believe it," said Walker.
(A time of 15.6 was faster than that of the more the 1,000 times clocked by older, seasoned horses.)
Vauna and DTF Way Ta Fire won $41,000 and $5,000 worth of fuel cards, said Walker.
The Walker and Way Ta Fire will be competing at Pasco the first week of April and then onto Walla Walla.
Both Randy and Vauna are nurses. Randy is the Director of Nursing at and Patient Treatment Facility (PTF) at State Hospital South.