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Jane Melby and Beauty claimed three firsts in the 10-round WNFR barrel racing competition held in Las Vegas. (Submitted photo)

Local barrel racer earns world class honors

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Jane Melby of Backus is a world champion barrel racer, claiming sixth place in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo competitions held Dec. 1-10 in Las Vegas.


Melby, 44, earned top scores in three of the 10 rounds, competing in a field of 15 premier barrel racers from across the U.S. and Canada.

"The first buckle was exciting," she said of the ornament awarded to round winners, her first in round three.

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