Mackenzie Brie McBeth |

Mackenzie Brie McBeth

McKenzie McBeth says her parents trained and helped her train her horses. Her mother helped get her started goat tying, and she also attended several of Lynn Smith's schools.

Age: 16

Family: (parents, siblings, etc): parents – Bart and Eunice McBeth, brother – Brandon McBeth, grandparents – John McBeth & Francie McBeth of Kansas and Ellis Benckenstein of Louisiana

Hometown: Douglass, KS.

School: Douglass High School

Rodeo events: Barrels, Poles, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, Trail

What is your future in the sport of rodeo? Where would you like to see it go? I enjoy the sport of rodeo. It has been a family tradition. I plan to continue with rodeo after graduation from high school. College rodeo is in my plans along with other associations. I feel I will always be involved with rodeo in some way.

What is your ultimate goal as you continue competing in rodeos? I would like to continue improving my skills in the different events and place in these while in college and other associations. I will continue to ride outside horses with my parents for awhile, so this will always keep me connected with rodeo and the people involved with it. I enjoy teaching riding lesson to others.

Favorite aspect of rodeo: I enjoy traveling to different parts of the country and meeting the different families and friends at the rodeos that we have gotten to know over the years. I have a big family of friends at rodeos.

Best rodeo memory: One of my best memories in rodeo is winning the title World Champion Sr. Girls Goat Tying at the 2012 National Little Britches Finals Rodeo. There were several tough girls that could have won as well, but I was blessed that it was just my turn.

Notable achievements in the sport: I am currently the National Youth Board President for the National Little Britches Association. I served as the Vice President last year. I have won many all around titles at different rodeos. I have competed at the National Jr. High School Finals in New Mexico and am a member of Kansas High School Rodeo Assoc.. Out of the sport of rodeo, I am also a two time State Cross Country Champion for the team division as well as individual placer for Douglass High School in Douglass, KS. I have been a state qualifier for 2 years in track and have placed as an individual, and a team.

Timed-event competitors: Tell us about your horse(s): We have raised and trained almost every horse I have competed on. Currently I run a gray mare called Cajun that is out of a herd of horses that my late great grandfather McBeth had developed. This makes her special. I am looking forward to running her sister next. She is used for barrels and poles. My roping and goat horse is a paint horse that we traded for with one of our trained colts. She has been a solid performer for me. I am continually loading a young horse in the trailer to take down the road.

Have you attended any rodeo schools? If so, which ones? My parents have trained and helped me train the horses that I use for all my events. My mother started me goat tying and roping years ago. When I got old enough to benefit from schools, I attended several of Lynn Smith’s schools for goat tying and Joe Beaver’s school for roping. I also worked with the late Jr. Lewis in the roping pen. He laid a solid foundation in me.

Role models/mentors: My grandfather John McBeth, World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider 1974, has played a huge role in my life along with Nana (Francie McBeth). They have encouraged me in all I do. I have a very supportive older brother even though he is baseball all the way. He has fed my horses many a night with me. Also my mom and dad for their sacrifices that allow me to do this.

What do you like to do when you’re not competing? I enjoy singing. I lead the praise and worship at our church on Wednesday nights. My mom and I do the cowboy church services at many of the rodeos when asked. She and I do several Rodeo Bible Camps during the summer where we work with young riders in their events and minister with song and the message. I am involved with a select singing group at my high school. I participate in the school musical every year. I run many miles a week with a great group of girls that are like family to me. I am a 4.0 student and am involved in several club like National Honor Society (NHS), Student Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and Student Government (STUCO)

What’s on playing on your iPod/radio? I enjoy a mixer of music, Christian and Country.