STURGIS, S.D. – The National High School Finals Rodeo is about to happen July 17-23 in Gillette, Wyoming.
Around 1,500 contestants from throughout the nation can be competing for a nationwide title.
One of these athletes is Landry Haugen from Sturgis who simply certified for the world’s largest rodeo for the third yr in a row.
But consider it or not, Haugen has already received a world title and she or he’s solely 17.
Landry Haugen actually grew up on the again of a horse.
She began competing in rodeos when she was simply six-years previous.
“I used to be on a horse clearly since I used to be a child,” stated Landry Haugen. “But I began truly using after I was three or 4. I had slightly pony named “Mary Legs” and I’d lope her across the barrels and stuff. Obviously I simply repeatedly acquired extra aggressive I assume can be the phrase.”
Rodeo has been an enormous a part of Landry’s life.
In truth, it’s honest to say that Landry comes from a rodeo household.
“My mother and father each did skilled rodeo,” stated Landry Haugen. “Both my grandparents rodeoed. Butch Webb is my grandfather. He had an enormous horse ranch in Isabel, South Dakota. My grandma Renee had some superb horses and my mother did every little thing. She held the document on the faculty finals within the goat tying. She’s roped. It’s part of who I’m completely.”
A senior at Sturgis High School, Landry has already received 5 state highschool rodeo titles.
But she truly clinched her first world title when she was 14-years previous.
Landry captured the world championship in goat tying on the 2019 National Little Britches Rodeo Association Junior Finals.
Landry stated her horses have all the time been large a part of her success.
“I’m exhausted after a rodeo for positive as a result of by barrel horses, much more than a breakaway horse, you’re icing them and taking good care of them,” added Landry Haugen. “They eat higher than I do. They’re spoiled however I wouldn’t have it some other approach.”
Landry is now making ready to compete on the National High School Finals Rodeo for the third yr in a row.
She will symbolize South Dakota within the barrel racing, lady’s slicing and the reined cow horse occasion.
While she’s excited in regards to the probability to win a title, Landry enjoys the relationships that rodeo creates.
But total, she simply loves competing.
“I’ve informed my mother and father that I’d put my coronary heart and soul into tennis if it was tennis,” stated Landry Haugen. “But it simply so occurs that I really like rodeo. And like I discussed earlier than, the animals have an enormous half in it. I care about my animals greater than about something.”
As Landry focuses on profitable a nationwide title, she hopes to observe in her mother and father footsteps after highschool and proceed her rodeo profession.
“It greater than some other sport offers you the distinctive alternative to do it after highschool at a aggressive stage,” stated Landry Haugen. “That’s to not say I received’t go in and get a masters or bachelors or a PhD in one thing after which come again to it. But it should utterly be part of my life.”
Congratulations to Landry Haugen on being named a News Center 1 Top Performer.