Meet Elizabeth Broussard an 18 year-old barrel racer from Estherwood, Louisiana. She just recently graduated high school and is going to rodeo for Western Texas State College. “I grew up on horses,” said Elizabeth “I didn’t actually start barrel racing till I was six.”
Elizabeth and her horse “Brand Me Lucky” are the current reigning barrel racing champions of the 2017 International Finals Youth Rodeo. “I’ve had Lucky for four years but I’ve actually only been running him for around two years” said Elizabeth. Between trying to clique with each other and keeping Lucky sound and healthy Elizabeth hasn’t had much time competing on him. “We actually just made our first come back run this past May so for us to come to Shawnee and win just two months later is a huge accomplishment for.”
Elizabeth is a seasoned veteran when it comes to competing in Shawnee, Oklahoma at the International Finals Youth Rodeo, but she wasn’t always as successful like she was this year. “My sophomore year at the IFYR Lucky didn’t even make a run he just ran in and made a lap around the arena, so to come here at end up winning it is a huge milestone.”
Like any successful athlete Elizabeth had some obstacles to over come with her horse Lucky. “Lucky is more of a push style horse where I was used to running horses than ran more free” said Elizabeth “So it took awhile for me to get my timing down on him and to learn to keep riding. I asked Elizabeth what kind of advice she would give to the struggling rodeo athletes out there that need a little encouragement and she said; “No matter what goes wrong, there’s always another rodeo and another try so never give up.”
Elizabeth and her horse Lucky are living proof that hard work and determination always pay off, and a reminder keep on pushing through those rodeo slumps because in the end all the hard work will pay off!
Colby ‘Jane Hall
July 31, 2017