GWYou: Makenna Moody

First-Year Student is Barrel Racing Champion

GWYou: Makenna Moody

A month before her first semester at Gardner-Webb University, Makenna Moody of Mount Holly, N.C., won a prize she’s been chasing for years. On a horse named “Rooster,” Moody took first place in her division at the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships in Perry, Ga. 

It was her fourth attempt to win the top prize. She’s been riding horses on her grandparents’ farm since she was a little girl and does not let her Type 1 diabetes keep her from competing. She manages her disease with daily insulin therapy. “My aunt got me into barrel racing,” she shared. “I have met a lot of people through racing and now have friends for a lifetime. Each show you go to you have a lot of support, which is awesome, and it’s just a fun thing to do on the weekends.”

Moody’s aunt suggested she visit Gardner-Webb, and she also heard about GWU from some of the other riders in her sport. “I decided to come, because it felt like home,” she reflected. “Everyone is nice and cares about you.”

Her favorite class is human biology with Dr. Meredith Rowe, assistant professor of biology. Moody wants to help people, so she has decided to major in nursing. 

She misses the horses but is still able to compete in horse shows twice a month. “Every chance I get I try to go home to see my family and my horses,” Moody shared. “Most of the shows are 20 to 40 minutes away from my house.”