(Photo courtesy Jeff Kirkbride Photography)
Pruitt started his competition week by placing third in Youth Barrels. He also entered the JR Weger Sweepstakes, a prestigious barrel race held since 1968 that includes professional, amateur and youth exhibitors. Winning this race not only nets the rider a large cash prize, but also a trophy saddle, bronze Quarter Horse statue and many other awards.
Besting 183 other riders, Pruitt and his horse posted the fastest time of all the barrel race entries in every class with a run of 14.857 -- making Pruitt the youngest rider to ever win the sweepstakes.
Pruitt and Walter also participated in the IBRA Finals in Murphresboro, Tenn. recently. They ended their competition week there by winning reserve champion honors in the Open and Youth division.
When he's not busy with his equine pursuits, Pruitt loves sports, including football and basketball. He also enjoys fishing for crappie with his grandparents at Kentucky Lake.
Pruitt's parents are Glenn and Malissa Williams Pruitt of Greencastle. His grandparents are Royce and Marilyn Templeton of Gilbertsville, Dale Williams of Benton and Terry and JoAnn Pruitt of Anderson.