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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Youth seeks rodeo redemption

  • Returning for her second International Finals Youth Rodeo, Skylar Southerland of Poolville, Texas has prepped for success.
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  • Returning for her second International Finals Youth Rodeo, Skylar Southerland of Poolville, Texas has prepped for success.
    The 16-year-old, a competitor in breakaway roping, barrel racing and team roping events, hopes to improve upon her previous experience.
    “I wanted to come back and redeem myself and win,” she said.
    Southerland began taking rodeo seriously seven years ago.
    “I just started riding horses with my uncle and I kinda took off with it,” she said.
    Since, the youth has experienced industry achievement. She was recently named the 2014 Roy Cooper Champion for girls, 19 years old and under, breakaway roping.
    “I had no idea I had a chance of winning it, because the girls in front of me all roped so good,” Southerland said. “It was awesome. I couldn’t do it without my parents and all my sponsors.”
    The athlete, who attends an average of three rodeos each weekend, aims to carry her rodeo success into college.
    “I’m thinking about going to Weatherford,” she said. “It’s close to my house and I like the program it has.”
    Looking even further ahead, Southerland plans to continue working with animals.
    “I either want to be an equine vet or in agriculture management,” she said. “Like a ranch manager.”

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