Girl, 16, making name for herself in rodeo world, locally

By Ursula Pari - Anchor

SAN ANTONIO - There's a trend emerging in the rodeo world -- one of which folks in Boerne can be proud. There are two world champion barrel racers located there, and possibly a third on the way.

It's a royal family of women and horses who are making a name for the sport and the town.

Retired now, Charmayne James has picked up more world titles in barrel racing than anyone -- ever.

"I feel very fortunate to have retired from the sport having accomplished all I did," James said.

She said she owes it all to her first barrel racer, Scamper.

Just down the road at another ranch between Boerne and Bandera is another world champ. Callie du Perier chased the title down in 2015 on her buckskin horse. She also won the San Antonio Rodeo that year.

The third female making a name for herself is 16-year-old Shelby Curry.

"Honestly, every time I go I just black out," Curry said. "I mean, I'm holding my breath and I just go. And then once I'm done I'm like, 'Are all three barrels still standing?'"

At last year's San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, the answer was no, but she's now learning from Perier's world-title run at barrels.

She said she hopes this year all the barrels stay up so that she can win another buckle.

"It's really incredible that I have someone to follow in her footsteps, so maybe one day I'll represent this area like she did," Curry said.

And when she does, she'll have another little cowgirl trying to run in her barrel path -- her little sister, who is Velcroed into her saddle and ready to take on the pro title.

"I want to be a professional barrel racer," said 7-year-old Sidney Curry.

She said she plans to achieve her dream by trying her best. Sidney Curry already has seven trophy buckles, but she's got a way to go to beat her sister.

Shelby Curry has won 42 buckles and 11 saddles. She said she hopes to get one more at the San Antonio Rodeo next week.

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