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Brandy named Badlands Circuit barrel horse of the year; South Dakota cowgirl knows “You’re only as good as the horse underneath you”

Minot, N.D. (October 25, 2016) –A very special mare has won the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association’s Badlands Circuit Barrel Horse of the Year.

Minot, N.D. (October 25, 2016) –A very special mare has won the Women's Pro Rodeo Association's Badlands Circuit Barrel Horse of the Year.

Chase it With Brandy, an eight-year-old sorrel mare owned by Paul and Jana Griemsman, and ridden by Jana Griemsman, received the award during the 2016 RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in Minot, N.D. earlier this month.

Brandy, as she is better known, was given to Jana by her sister Jill Moody, started by Jana's husband Paul as a two-year-old, and started on the barrels by Jana. This year, Jana took the mare on the nationwide rodeo road, finishing eighteenth in the world standings before heading home to Piedmont, S.D., in late August to let Brandy rest up from a busy summer.

Brandy also carried Jana to a year-end and average championship in the Badlands Circuit. She knew the mare was special. "I knew Brandy was pretty good, but I always second guessed her in small pens," she said. "I always figured she was a bigger standard pattern, outside (arena) horse. So I was always just a little conservative when I got to these indoor pens." The Badlands Circuit Finals is held indoor.

"She proved me wrong by winning Brookings (S.D.) and placing at Rapid City (S.D., both the winter rodeo in February and the summer rodeo in August), and doing very good at some of the smaller pens."

This was the first time Griemsman had won the Circuit Finals, and the second year she had competed at them on Brandy.

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"You know how the saying goes," she said. "You're only as good as the horse underneath you. And that's the truth. I'm very, very blessed and I'm enjoying this ride, and we'll see how far it goes."

Griemsman's husband Paul also competed at the Badlands Circuit Finals, in the team roping. The couple has a two year old son.

The Badlands Circuit consists of the PRCA rodeos in North Dakota and South Dakota. The pro rodeo championship for the circuit was held October 6-9 in Minot, where the Horse of the Year Awards, voted on by the contestants in each event, were awarded.

– Minot Y's Men's Rodeo,

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