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Small Stars: This 12-year-old barrel racer stole the show, and our hearts

Posted at 7:44 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 21:44:56-05

It's not often that we run into someone with as much charisma and maturity as this barrel racing Small Star.

12-year-old Ella Christensen began riding when she was just two years old, and her grandmother is her trainer. She has racked up quite a large number of accomplishments that you can view on her own website here. 

During the above video, Ella set a personal record of 16 seconds with her horse Skittles during a competition in Queen Creek -- even though Skittles took off before she was ready!

We gave Ella a microphone so she could tell her own story -- and she stole the show, along with our hearts.