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‘I look up to my horses’

Age: 12

Family: My Dad, Walt (originally from Jordan, MT), was a bronc rider and judge, mom, Lisa was a barrel racer, and my brother Tanner and sister Payton do Little Britches and kids' rodeos.

Hometown: Balgonie, Saskatchewan

School:McLean Elementary

Rodeo events:Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, Ribbon Roping, and Team Roping

What is your future in the sport of rodeo? Where would you like to see it go?I would like to high school rodeo until I'm done with high school, and maybe compete at both the Junior and High School Nationals. After that, I want to pro rodeo and try to qualify for the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

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What is your ultimate goal as you continue competing in rodeos?My ultimate goal is to qualify for the CFR, and train some barrel horses along the way.

Favorite aspect of rodeo:My favorite aspect of rodeo is how everybody is such a close "family." I like how everyone cheers each other on even though we are competing against them. I like the feeling when you compete at Nationals or Canadians and the whole rodeo team is on your side.

Best rodeo memory:My best rodeo memory would be my first high school rodeo. I met lots of new people and they helped me out a lot. Another great memory was Biggar high school rodeo. It rained the whole first day and was cold and nasty, so the second day was cancelled.

Notable achievements in the sport:2012 Saskatchewan High School Rodeo Association Rookie of the Year, Barrel Racing champion and Barrel Racing Season Leader. I also qualified for the National Junior High School Rodeo Finals in Gallup, NM, and I represented my province in three events at the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals.

Tell us about your horse(s): My horse Scamper is a 14 year old bay gelding. The best part about him is that he always gives 110%. I use Scamper for Barrel Racing and Pole Bending, maybe even goat tying this year. When he gets really nervous before a run, he paws about 2 feet off of the ground. And when the horse trailer drives out of the yard without him, he runs along the side of the fence like we forgot him.

My other horse is Mickey. He is a 25 year old paint. The best part about him is that he is still going strong after a lot of years as a rope horse. He has had lots of owners and I have never heard anything bad about him! His name is Mickey because one of his spots looks like a Mickey Mouse emblem.

Have you attended any rodeo schools? If so, which ones?I went to a goat tying clinic that Joleigh Claypool put on and a roping clinic that Vern Barrett put on.

Role models/mentors:My role models are my parents because they are good at rodeo and taught me lots about it. Also, I look up to my horses. They have been part of rodeo longer than I have, so they know more and teach me lots.

What do you like to do when you're not competing?I am in a choir, and usually in the school play.

What's on playing on your iPod/radio? I really like country music, my favorites are usually songs that came out a few years ago.

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