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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Wyoming cowgirl ready to compete

  • Ashten Marchant, an 18-year-old Wyoming cowgirl who raises her own fainting goats back home, is among the goat-tying contestants in this week’s rodeo.
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  • Ashten Marchant, an 18-year-old Wyoming cowgirl who raises her own fainting goats back home, is among the goat-tying contestants in this week’s rodeo.
    She and her horse, Peewee, are making their first appearance at the International Finals Youth Rodeo.
    Marchant grew up with a rodeo background and has also competed in breakaway and team roping.
    And while it’s a somewhat cooler weather back home, she’s traveled to many rodeos this far south, which means heat and humidity, something she’s not normally accustomed to where she lives. In fact, winters are so rough where she lives that they take breaks from rodeo in late December and January because it’s too cold, with lows reaching -23 degrees, she said.
    Those temperatures also prove to be a challenge when raising goats, something she also enjoys.
    In addition to rodeo, Marchant has participated in 4-H and FFA programs.
    Her mom, Dilly Marchant, is here with her this week as she tries to win an IFYR title.
    Marchant will be a freshman this fall at Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, where she also will compete on the rodeo team.
     

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