STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Mississippi State University employee was recently given an award for starting barrel racing competitions.
Officials say Bricklee Miller, manager of the Mississippi Horse Park, was the first Mississippi producer to receive as the 2013 National Producer of the Year award.
MSU says the award was given for Miller's work in producing the Horse Poor Barrel Racing event as well as hosting the Better Barrel Racing Association Eastern Regional Tour Finale in October.
Miller says they had 1,651 entries for more than $74,000 in cash and prizes during the three-day event.
The Better Barrel Racing Association, the largest organization devoted to the sport, presented the award at the national barrel racing finals in Oklahoma City in April.
In December, the Mississippi Horse Park received another honor, the Southeastern circuit Justin Best Footing Award from the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.