Barrel racer places 13th in Texas

A Columbus barrel racer was just short of making the finals for The American Rodeo.

Jimmy Bryant, 48, who works at Kroot Corp. in Columbus, placed 13th in the semifinal barrel racing competition in Texas earlier this week.

He would have had to make the top 10 to qualify for the finals this weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Bryant was racing with a horse known as Flash Red Jet, owned by Justin Beach, Holton.

He said he would try to qualify two barrel racing horses next year in the hopes of making the finals of The American in 2016.