A young Ponoka cowgirl is heading to the United States to represent Alberta in the National Junior High School Rodeo Finals in Lebanon, TN.
Macy Auclair, 13, is going to the nationals, set to start Sunday, June 19 and last till June 25, to compete in two events: breakaway roping and ribbon roping.
She placed strongly at the qualifiers recently and is ready for a competitive run as this is her second year heading to nationals in the US. The busy rodeo week will feature the best young cowboys and girls from around the world, explained Auclair.
Athletes from Canada, the United States and Australia will be vying for top place, says Auclair, who feels a lot more confident than she did last year. For 2016, she knows what to expect.
“I feel way more confident because last year I competed in one event,” said Auclair.
Getting to this point was no easy task considering she had a crash with her horse, Chex, in April. Auclair was making a run when her horse tripped and she was catapulted off. Luckily, she was thrown in front of the horse rather than under and both came out relatively unscathed although it took her horse some weeks to heal.
Her goal this year? “My goal is to make it to the short go at least.”