Cashen Turner Has so much heart |

Cashen Turner Has so much heart

Salty, Cashen's pole horse has been to the Little Britches finals for the last ten years. Photo courtesy Turner family

Name: Cashen Turner

Age: 11

Family: Parents Dusty and Amy Turner and brother Ransen, 12.

Hometown: Plains, KS

School: Plains Elementary School

Rodeo events: Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Trail Course, Breakaway Roping, Dally Ribbon Roping.

What is your future in the sport of rodeo? Where would you like to see it go? To ride and train successful barrel horses and go to the NFR!

What is your ultimate goal as you continue competing in rodeos? To continue to improve every year and qualify for the Jr. High and High School National Finals in my events. I would also like to come back and win another Pole Bending Title, as well as a National Barrel Racing title.

Favorite aspect of rodeo: To be able to spend time with all the friends from all the rodeos and spending time with my horses.

Best rodeo memory: Winning the National Little Britches Rodeo Jr. Girls Pole Bending World Championship and the finals average after injuring my ankle earlier that week.

Notable achievements in the sport: Winning the pole bending championship, winning All-Around Cowgirl at various Little Britches Rodeos, and being a member of the Top Hand Team for Little Britches the last two years. I won the Ogden 8 and Under barrel race in 2010. I also placed 8th in the finals in 2011 at the Josey Jr. World with over 500 contestants.

Tell us about your horse(s): The horse that I won the World Pole Bending championship is Mr Salty Pay Day. We call him Salty. He is Peponita bred on the top side and Jet’s Pay Day on the bottom. He is 14 and came from SaraBeth Thompson in Tennessee. She also won the world on him at the Little Britches Rodeos in the poles and was Reserve World on him in trail. He has been to the finals for the last ten years. SaraBeth was nine years old when she started riding Salty at age four and I was nine years old when we bought Salty. When SaraBeth had him, he cut his shoulder really bad and has a bad scar but he has so much heart he ran at the High School final while he was hurt. SaraBeth even had a saddle pad with a hole cut out it in for his shoulder. He ran a 20.3 one go and made the short go that year. His very favorite treat that he loves, is orange slices. We buy them every time we stop at a truck stop for him! He also ‘talks’ to you. I held up a picture of three different bridles one time and asked him which one he liked and he hit the one picture with his nose and nickered. But you sure can’t put any other horses with him because he thinks he’s the king of the place! He has a ton of personality and is so fun.

Have you attended any rodeo schools? If so, which ones? Yes, two Lynn Smith goat tying clinics and a Ken Smith pole bending clinic.

Role models/mentors: Charmayne James, Martha Josey and my mom and dad.

What do you like to do when you’re not competing? I play volleyball, basketball and I want to someday be a fashion designer. I also play percussion at school and like to sing.

What’s on playing on your iPod/radio? Adele, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Reba and Pistol Annies.