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Katie Lensegrav

Although she competes in five events, goat-tying is Katie Lensegrav's favorite, and she intends to win at the college level eventually. Courtesy photo

Age: 18

Family: mom and dad Ken and Kim Lensegrav, one sister Kelsey age 14

Hometown: Kyle, SD

School: Kadoka, SD

Rodeo events: barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, cutting, breakaway roping

What is your future in the sport of rodeo? Where would you like to see it go? I wanna win it all. Win at high school level, college level and someday the NFR.

What is your ultimate goal as you continue competing in rodeos? My ultimate goal is to win the goat tying at the college finals. It’s my absolute favorite and I’ve worked really hard and will continue to work hard.

Favorite aspect of rodeo: I really love everything about it. Mostly all the good friends you make.

Best rodeo memory: There’s so many I can’t pick just one. All the memories with my family and friends and horses are priceless. When Drew won nationals, it was really awesome. The whole South Dakota sections was roaring with excitement it was just cool to see everyone happy for him. Even though a lot of us had a bad week out there it was still just as good to see one of our buddies win it all.

Notable achievements in the sport: Made it to nationals my Sophomore and Junior year in the goat tying, All around at my regional rodeos 5 times, 2011 reserve state all around, goat tying fast time 2011 at state.

Timed-event competitors: Tell us about your horse(s) I have been so lucky with all the horses I have been able to ride. They all have their own unique story and I love them all the same. Thanks to my amazing auntie Kristi I have got to use the beast, Walsh. He’s one of the best goat tying horses out there and has taken me where I need to be every time. We have had so many accomplishments together and I feel blessed to have had the chance to ride him. Then there’s my breakaway horse Comanche. He’s ornery and has an attitude but so do I so I guess it works out, ha. We have our moments outside of the box but he does his job when he enters the box. I have a younger barrel and pole horse, Kid Rock. Thanks to Melk and Nolla Price I have learned so much from this horse. I was also very lucky to have got to use Lacey Wagner’s horse Sissy. I was so blessed to be able to use this horse, she was completely amazing and we had a lot of success together.

Have you attended any rodeo schools? If so, which ones? Yes, I go to the Golliher/Hollers breakaway clinic every spring and I learn something new every time. I also go to Kayla and Debs Ty tuff clinic. I get better every time I attend these and thank them very much for all the help.

Role models/mentors: There are so many people I look up to. Shannon Porch got me going when I was just a little girl, she made me ride hard from the beginning and it made me tough. Melk and Nolla Price have always been there for me and taught me so much about horses. My Aunt Kristi, to me, is a legend in the goat tying and my goal has always been to get as good as her but even after she had triplets I still can’t beat her 😉 Brian Fulton, I wish I could be as tough as he is. I spend five minutes roping with him and I already improve. Last but not least my dad and Mark and Marvin Garrett. I have been so fortunate to grow up into a rodeo family with so many people helping and supporting me. I also really look up to my mom she’s always there for me and I wouldn’t get anything done without her. I thank everyone who has helped me become a better competitor and a better person.

What do you like to do when you’re not competing? Pretty much just rodeo ha…homework, basketball, and talking.

What’s on playing on your iPod/radio? Anything and everything…


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