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Putting his best boot forward

Qwint Stroh and Jig have won numerous rodeo awards together. Photo courtesy Stroh family

Qwint Stroh

Age: 14

Family: dad – Shaun, mom -Shannon, brothers – Boyd, Kain and Shane, little sister – Regi

Hometown: Dickinson, ND

School: South Heart Public School

Rodeo events: Junior High Rodeo events: Bull Riding, Chute Dogging, Ribbon Roping, Breakaway Roping, Goat Tying, Saddle Bronc Steers and Bareback Steers; Youth Rodeo Events: Flag Race, Steer Riding, Goat Tying, Pole Bending, Barrel Racing and Breakaway Roping.

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What is your future in the sport of rodeo? "I know that rodeo is one of the greatest sports there is. You meet neat people, travel to other states, but the best is the family time, you can't beat that."

What is your ultimate goal as you continue competing in rodeos? "I think like all young kids, who compete and follow the sport, the ultimate goal is to compete at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo."

Favorite aspect of rodeo? "Hanging out with old friends and meeting new ones. Oh and I love to compete.;)"

Best rodeo memory: "Last spring at the Jr. High Rodeo Finals I was awarded Rookie of the Year and also Ariat's Put your Best Boot Forward award. Mom and Dad said they were proud of the Rookie of the Year Award, but Mom cried when I got the other one. I didn't really understand what it was for until Mom told me.

The board votes on who should get the award. They watch each contestant, in and out of the arena, and how everyone handles their horse, in and out of the arena. My mom said it's a character award and they were both pretty proud of me. I won a pair of boots too. ;)"

Notable achievements: "Rookie of the Year in May for Jr. High Rodeo, won the 11-14 yr. old division All-Around Champion saddle in the Eva Scott Memorial Rodeo held last fall, lots of buckles and awards."

Tell us about your horse: "My horse is named Jig, he's a 20-year-old sorrel gelding. I've rodeoed my entire career on him. He's awesome. In June running poles in Dickinson something popped. We didn't know if it was his hip or ankle at first. Our chiropractor was on hand at the rodeo and so was Mom's good friend, a horse therapist. Jig was in good hands instantly.

"That was his first ever injury of that severity. I gave him some time off, I didn't want to rush him back, as he's the only horse I have ready to rodeo. I have a 5 yr. old named Dusty (they are half brothers) that I decided to try. He is by no means ready for the arena, but there's no time better to try then now I thought. I actually brought him to the arena that very day, just to get him used to the noises. Well it turns out I had to use him in the arena instead. I used a bozal halter on him, and he likes to run. I ended up somersaulting over him, flying off and ended up 2nd in the goat tying. Not bad for his first time in the arena. Jig came back at the end of August and started out the first of the Jr. High Rodeos and did well, he doesn't have a problem with is foot anymore and we're excited to see what this upcoming spring brings us together!"

Rodeo schools/clinics you've attended: "I haven't gone to any rodeo schools, just helped my dad at the clinics he helps with."

Role models/mentors: "My dad, Shaun Stroh."

What do you do when you're not rodeoing? "I like basketball, wrestling and hanging out with my friends"

What's playing on your ipod? "Music (ha ha). It's a country mix."

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